Fancy working with animals? The jobs at Knowsley Safari and Chester Zoo (2023)

January can feel like a pretty low time of year and even comes with its own 'Blue Monday'.

However, working with adorable creatures could lift your mood as interacting with animals has been shown to decrease stress levels, lower blood pressure, and even reduce loneliness.

Thankfully, there are a load of jobs available at nearby Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park working with animals; including zoo keepers, nutritionists, animal supervisors, and rangers.

But there's a whole host of other teams working behind the scenes with positions also on offer as guest experience members, security officers, first aiders, chefs, housekeepers, and more.

Encountering tigers, white rhino, and African lions could be your a part of your daily routine - here are the jobs available:

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo has a long history of leading conservation since its opening in 1931. It's one of the largest zoos in the UK at 125 acres and homes unusual species from the aye-aye to dwarf mongoose, to much-loved lions and red pandas.

Perks to the job include free admittance tickets, discounted gym membership, with free X1 bus travel to and from work.

In all job adverts on their website, they say: "We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

"We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to prevent extinction, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 2 million visitors an inspirational day out."

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Here's a list of all the jobs they are currently recruiting for:

Keeper - Hoofstock

Salary: £21,890.55 Per Annum

Permanent: 40 hours

The position is for a keeper to be based between the giraffe and rhino sections, working with a variety of hoofstock species including Rothschild’s Giraffe, Black Rhinos, Okapi, Grevy’s Zebra, and Malayan Tapir.

The successful candidate will have a degree-level qualification in zoological related science and proven experience in the care and management of a variety of hoofstock species.

More information and to apply here.

Conservation Scientist: Nutrition

Salary: £29,611.34 Per Annum

Permanent: 40 hours

Using knowledge from the field of animal nutrition the role will focus on developing and implementing Chester Zoo’s Animal Feeding Programme.

The role involves running the zoo's feeding programme by formulating new diets and reviewing and amending current animal diets, working closely with Animal Curators and Teams, and the Animal Supplies Department.

A Master's degree in animal nutrition or related field is listed as what the successful candidate will have.

More information and to apply here.

Security Assistant Team Manger

Salary: £26,516.71 Per Annum

Permanent: Full-time

You will work as part of the Guest Experience team to line manage the security team to help deter crime, reduce risks and de-escalate confrontational situations.

Responsibilities will include taking a lead role in the development, recruitment and motivation of the in house security team. You will be confident in setting direction to support the leadership team to ensure that the team works to its best ability each day.

More information and to apply here.

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Security Supervisor

Salary: £24,142.75 Per Annum

Permanent: Full-time

You will be responsible for the active management and supervision of the security team on duty to help to ensure Chester Zoo provide a safe and secure environment for staff, visitors and animal/plant collection 24 hours a day.

Responsibilities will include conducting site patrols, CCTV operations, access control, control room operation, dealing with lost children and providing first aid while at all times ensuring that great service is provided.

You must be physically fit, as your patrols will mean that you will regularly walk many miles each day around the zoo and wider estate. You will take a lead role in the security team in the event of any incident situation.

More information and to apply here.

Security Officer

Salary: £21,890.55 Per Annum

Permanent: 40 hours

Chester Zoo is looking for candidates who are outgoing and personable and for someone with experience in providing customer service.

You will help to ensure they provide a safe and secure environment for staff, visitors and animal/plant collection 24 hours a day.

Duties will include conducting site patrols, CCTV operations, access control, control room operation, dealing with lost children and providing first aid while at all times ensuring that great service is provided. You must be physically fit, as your patrols will mean that you will regularly walk many miles each day around the zoo and wider estate.

More information and to apply here.

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Guest Experience Coordinator

Salary: £19,693.93 Per Annum

Permanent: 40 hours

Chester Zoo currently has a vacancy for a Guest Experience Coordinator within their busy and diverse Guest Experience team.

The team are responsible for parking, admissions, ticket sales, guest services, cleaning and site presentation, ride operation, first aid, and zoo wide events such as the Christmas Lanterns event.

More information and to apply here.

First Aid Officer

Salary: £18,353.47 Per Annum

Permanent: 40 hours

They are currently recruiting for a permanent First Aid Officer to join the Guest Experience Team, to provide First Aid to visitors, staff and contractors across the large and busy site.

You must be physically fit, as you will regularly walk many miles each day around the zoo in all weather conditions and will carry emergency equipment with you at all times.

More information and to apply here.

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Knowsley Safari

Also in the north west is tourist attraction Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside, which boasts a five mile safari drive, a safari by foot and other events.

Perks to the job include complimentary tickets to the safari, free entry to affiliated zoos, health care including dental, and more.

All salaries are listed as competitive, and all current positions are advertised on their vacancy website, listed here.

Each role comes with its own PDF including a detailed job description and information about the business.

Here's a list of all the jobs they are currently recruiting for:

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Deputy Animal Team Manager - Ungulates

This role is responsible for coordinating and supervising daily operations of the Ungulate team, ensuring the delivery of all aspects of animal care and guest exeriences.

Animal Team Supervisor - Ungulates

This role supports the Deputy Animal Team Manager and Animal Team Manager with the coordination and supervision of daily operations of the carnivore team.

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Guest Services Team Members

The advert states: "If you’re interested in working in a fun, vibrant and totally different environment unlike any other then becoming part of our 2019 seasonal team may be for you.

"We’re looking for ‘people who love people’as we hope that each and every guest who visits Knowsley Safari experiences “The Best Day Out Ever”. Thiscentres around positive guest engagement, being respectful and welcoming, understanding and empathetic and relies on you using your initiative to enhance their experience."

Building Surveyor

To assist the department in the delivery of all property services across The Knowsley Estate including the provision of core building surveying, project management and building management related services.

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Housekeeper (Knowsley Hall)

They are looking for an excellent eye for detail, meticulous standards and an energetic and efficient approach to work as cleaning standards are expected to be exceptionally high.

Duties will include vacuuming, dusting, laundry and more.

Chef de Partie x 2

The successful candidate will deliver freshly prepared food for guests of the Knowsley Estate ensuing a high level of performance, guest satisfaction and profitability.

Main responsibilities include assisting in the day-to-day operation of the kitchen and participate in food preparation, as well as conducting regular inspections of the kitchen areas.

Experience Ranger

Your role is to deliver 'outstanding guest experience' by leading the delivery of tours, VIP and encounters provisions.

You will drive the minibus and deliver guided coach tours, and will also be tasked to expand and grow the VIP tours.

Time will also be spent enhancing the day of visitors to the baboon bus and in the foot safari.

Good luck!

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