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Chester Zoo Is Hiring Someone To Look After Its Giraffes, Zebras And Rhinos

Lucy Devine

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Chester Zoo Is Hiring Someone To Look After Its Giraffes, Zebras And Rhinos

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Caring for adorable animals is basically the dream job, right? Which is why we're excited to tell you that Chester Zoo is recruiting.

The zoo is looking for a lead keeper in the Hoofstock department, which means you'll be looking after animals including giraffes, zebras and rhinos.

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As a lead keeper at the zoo, it'll be your job to oversee students and volunteers as well as working closely with the other keepers to care for the animals.

The zoo is passionate about conservation and preventing extinction - so obviously, it's essential that you also love animals and are enthusiastic about their care.

You'll be looking after rhinos, giraffes and zebras (Credit: PA)
You'll be looking after rhinos, giraffes and zebras (Credit: PA)

You'll also be involved in representing the zoo for media interviews, meeting, workshops and conferences both in the UK and internationally - so there could certainly be some travel involved, too.

The successful candidate will have either a degree level qualification in a zoological related science, a HND (higher national diploma) or equivalent experience.

Candidates should also have extensive knowledge in animal husbandry and expertise in working within a zoo or safari park setting.

Candidates should have experience working in a zoo or safari park setting (Credit: PA)
Candidates should have experience working in a zoo or safari park setting (Credit: PA)

They should demonstrate leadership qualities, problem-solving and organisational skills as well as the ability to work well within a team.

The zoo is looking for someone open-minded in developing and implementing new ideas within the department and who has a good understanding of risk assessments. You must also have a full driving licence (valid in the UK).

The role is 40 hours per week, working 10 out of 14 days, which also includes weekends and bank holidays.

Applications for the role close on 10th March (Credit: Pixabay)
Applications for the role close on 10th March (Credit: Pixabay)

The successful candidate will start on a salary of £24,142.75 per annum as well as receiving some pretty cool benefits, including free tickets to the zoo, 33 days paid holiday - which increases with length of service - a staff pass, free bus travel to and from the zoo and a discounted gym membership.

To apply, you'll need to provide your current CV as well as completing an application form. You'll need to list skills, experience and why you think you'll be the perfect addition to the Hoofstock department!

To get started, visit the careers page. You have until 23:59 on Tuesday 10th March to apply!

Looks like we might be seeing you around Chester Zoo *very* soon....

Topics: Life News, Chester Zoo, Animals

Lucy Devine
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