Senior Animal Keeper: Large Mammals

Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with elephants


Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway.  The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection starting with Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest in 2015 and plans for ape developments also going ahead.


With the expansion of our Large Mammals collection, we now have a vacancy for a Senior Keeper on this section, which manages a range of ungulate and carnivore species including zebra, nyala, tapir, Amur leopard, snow leopard, meerkat, Kirk’s dik dik, Asian elephant and giraffe.


Key Responsibilities:

  • working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry
  • training and record keeping
  • interacting with zoo visitors
  • assisting with the training and development of staff


Key Skills & Requirements:

  • minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with elephants
  • enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management
  • substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
  • good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
  • commitment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
  • previous experience of supervising and training staff
  • zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification


These are full time positions, including weekend duties on a rota system.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum.


Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to,


This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.



Education Officer

Temporary 6 months contract

We currently have a vacancy for an Education Officer within our Education Department.  This role is on a temporary basis for a period of 6 months, to support the Education Department during its peak time.  Reporting to our Senior Education Officer, the key purpose of this role is to prepare and deliver talks for groups of students from pre-school age up to undergraduate level and produce educational material for the Zoo.  You will also attend exhibitions, market the Zoo’s educational services and deal with enquiries and queries from the public and visitors.


The successful applicant will have a degree in a Zoo-related subject and, ideally, will hold a teaching qualification or have significant teaching experience.  Excellent presentation skills are essential along with an outgoing and confident personality.  Experience in handling small animals (mammals and exotics) would be preferred.


This is a full time position, 5 days out of 7, including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.


Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to,


Closing date for applications:  Friday 27th March 2015




Horticulture Warden

Temporary 6 Months Contract


We currently have a vacancy for a temporary Horticulture Warden, to ensure that horticultural work carried out around our grounds is of the highest standard.


The role includes:

  • maintenance, development and upkeep of all horticultural areas of the zoo
  • planting, pruning, weeding and general care of all planted and border areas
  • maintaining all grassed areas, pruning trees, hedges and shrubs and cultivating areas for animal browse


You will have:

  • previous gardening experience
  • a full driving licence
  • an interest in the zoo’s work and purpose
  • experience of operating hand mowers and strimmers
  • experience of driving a tractor and trailer would also be advantageous


If you are flexible in your approach and willing to give operational support to any department, whilst demonstrating excellent customer service for our visitors, we would like to hear from you.


The role is full time, working 5 days out of 7.  Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform.


If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV with a covering letter to


This vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, therefore you should submit your application as soon as possible.



Guest Services & Retail Assistants



  • Enthusiastic team members to join the Guest Services and Retail departments of this award-winning animal collection
  • Friendly, welcoming individuals with exceptional customer service and communication skills – these are essential requirements to make sure our customers have a great day out
  • The ability to be a multi-skilled customer service assistant; you will be involved in a number of aspects of the visitor experience, including providing a friendly and professional welcome, ensuring visitors are up to date with the latest zoo information, operating tills, driving sales and working at our new Soft Play facility
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness across the site is also an essential requirement



  • Training in all aspects of the job
  • Set in more than 80-acres, with around 500 animals of almost 150 species, Twycross Zoo is a great place to work
  • Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20 and £6.50 at age 21 and above (minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons)
  • You will work on a temporary basis throughout the Spring/Summer period (from Easter to September), including bank holidays, weekends and school holidays.  Contracts are ‘zero hours’ and shifts are allocated by mutual agreement which may require you to work up to 5 days out of 7.
  • Staff membership card, giving you free entry to the zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets (after 1 month’s service)
  • Free allocation of tickets to share with family and friends (depending on the number of hours you work)
  • Free car parking

If you would like to be part of our team, we would like to hear from you now.  Please register your details at




Information for potential zookeepers

Zookeeping is a highly competitive career and positions in animal collections such as Twycross Zoo are highly sought after.  Applicants for any of our animal keeping vacancies would need to have a relevant, animal-related qualification such as National Certificate/Diploma in Animal Care or Animal Management or a degree in a subject such as Animal Behaviour, Animal Science or Zoology.

For trainee keepers, practical, hands-on experience is very important, so get as much animal-based experience as possible, preferably with zoo animals.  For higher grades, you will need to have several years’ relevant experience in order to be considered.

The British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) website has further information on careers in zoos.

Important information for all applicants

  • If applying for a current vacancy, please state clearly which role you are applying for in the subject line of your email application.
  • Unfortunately we do not keep candidate details or CVs on file and therefore cannot accept speculative applications.