Zoo Keeper

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, SURREY KT9 2NE GBR

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Zoo Keeper

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Road
Chessington, SURREY, KT9 2NE
United Kingdom

Chessington World of Adventures Resort is the UK's wildest adventure! With our Theme Park, Zoo, and our spectacular Hotel, there are plenty of roaringly exciting career paths available. We're also a part of the Merlin Entertainments family - associated with attractions like SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND Parks, Madame Tussauds and More! 

About the Role

We're currently looking for an experienced Keeper to work in our Hoofstock area.  The successful candidate will work alongside the rest of the Hoofstock Team and take an active role in the day-to-day running of the collection, including delivery of the highest standards of animal husbandry required by species such as Zebra, Giraffe and Rhino. This diverse section also includes small mammals such as Meerkats, Skunks and Raccoons. Other duties will include planning, evaluating and executing environmental enrichment for the animals under your care alongside delivering first-class meet and greets and memorable experiences to our Adventurers. You will also be required to use positive reinforcement to train a wide variety of species for husbandry and presentations.

You will be part of a team that creates the most stimulating environment possible – for both animals and guests. Since we’re big on conservation, education and research, you’ll have a big part to play in that too. You will also be keen to support all areas within our zoo, which will in turn benefit your own personal development. You will ensure the health and safety of yourself, colleagues and our guests at all times as well as develop a personal training programme in conjunction with your Head of Section.

About You 
We are looking for the following skills and experience;

-Our ideal candidate will have completed an animal-based qualification, with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience working in a Zoo environment or equivalent. 

-You will be a clear and confident speaker, able to engage with the public, delivering fun and educational presentations and more importantly an alert listener, willing to learn and develop. 

-You will have passion and excitement for your chosen field, with a keen drive to develop your career as an animal keeper.

-You will have love for working in all weathers, inside and out, and not afraid to get stuck in!

This role is full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week which will include weekends and bank holidays.

The Perks

We’re growing fast and alongside a fun and friendly environment, we offer a fabulous package and amazing prospects. Benefits include a competitive annual salary of up to £18,200, a pension, 28 days’ holiday, Employee Assistance Programme, and, of course, a Merlin Magic Pass which gives you and your friends and family free admission to all of our attractions worldwide, as well as 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants and 40% discount on LEGO.

Here at Merlin Entertainments we are proud to have a diverse workforce, and we’re all about providing equal opportunities to the whole team. Because of this we are committed to an active all together programme which starts with our recruitment and selection process.

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