Discovery and Learning Manager 


Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), is home to over 600 animals and has the most comprehensive collection of primate species andsubspecies in the western world. As well as offering a great day out our charitable objectives of conservation, education and research are very important to us. Over the next few years we have exciting plans for developing the Zoo and growing all areas of our operation.

The award winning Discovery Team teaches over 25,000 children each year through curriculum linked and STEM agenda based sessions as well as delivering school holiday and weekend programmes and visitor engagement opportunities across the site.

The Discovery and Learning Manager will report to the Head of Discovery and Site Development and will be responsible for leading the Discovery Team in providing an exceptional standard of service to public visitors and visiting groups of students across all key stages.  We are looking for an inspirational leader and educator with innovative educational ideas that can be used across the site to engage and inspire our visitors to take action to support conservation of nature.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in developing, delivering and evaluating educational programmes designed to encourage behaviour change. Knowledge of the educational strategies that engage visitors in learning is very important and an understanding of zoos and their operation is advantageous. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.

To download a copy of the Job Description please click here (pdf).

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter giving details of your current salary to

Closing date for applications: 12th December 2014


Deputy Section Head: Large Mammals

We currently have a vacancy for a Deputy Section Head on the Large Mammals section, with a core working focus on elephants. The Large Mammals section is comprised of a variety of hoofstock, carnivores and our herd of 5 Asian elephants.  This is a key role which will involve working on the section, supervising all areas of daily animal husbandry, as well as developing and training staff and taking administrative responsibility alongside other senior staff.

We are seeking a high performing, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record of working with and training elephants in a protected contact system, with good experience of managing and administering elephant foot care.  Experience of managing an elephant calf would also be desirable.

A minimum of 5 years’ experience is essential for this role, with some of this time having been spent supervising other staff.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species on the section.  You must be a good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills and committed to continued professional development of yourself and other staff.  An animal-related qualification, such as the BIAZA approved ANCMZA or DZMAA, would be advantageous.

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

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date: As soon as a suitable applicant has been appointed.


Catering and Events

The catering provision at Twycross Zoo is provided in partnership with Centreplate. For details of current vacancies please follow the link and click on Midlands & Wales -


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.