2015 promises to be an exciting year here at Twycross Zoo and we are looking forward to seeing some great new developments around the park, including:

  • Gibbon Forest – a large indoor/outdoor visitor experience containing several moats. This will help us to showcase our extensive and precious collection of gibbons
  • Giraffe Savanah – a new development which will be located by the elephant walkway





Animal Keeper: Great Apes


We currently have a vacancy for an Animal Keeper to work on our Great Apes section. This area manages all four species of great ape; gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan and bonobo.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Basic animal husbandry and regular interaction with the public


Key Skills & Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic, motivated and with an interest in zoo animal management and education
  • Commitment to continual professional development
  • A good team worker
  • 2 years zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification


The role is permanent and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum (pro rata).


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


Closing date: Sunday 31st May 2015 or once sufficient applications have been received.









Education Administrator

Temporary Contract (immediate start upto 31st July)



We currently have a vacancy for an Education Administrator to assist the Discovery and Learning Team with group bookings and other administrative tasks.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Take bookings for Discovery programmes, including schools programmes and other groups as necessary
  • Maintain accurate records for all bookings
  • Process payments and ensure invoices are created for all payments
  • Handle enquiries from visitors in a helpful, courteous and timely manner


If you meet these requirements and possess good people management and communication skills with a flexible and calm approach to work, we would like to hear from you.


The successful applicant is required for an immediate start and will work on a temporary basis until 31st July 2015.  Contracts are ‘zero hours’ and shifts are allocated by mutual agreement which may require you to work up to 5 days out of 7.


Rates of pay are £5.25 per hour at ages 16-17, £5.68 at ages 18, 19 & 20 and £6.31 at age 21 and above. Minimum age is 16 for Health and Safety reasons.


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.





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.