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Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4NT. Telephone: 01223 891308

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CURRENT VACANCIES (click here for work experience)

EXPERIENCED KEEPER / BIRD TRAINER

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced, highly motivated, reliable and enthusiastic individual to join our keeper team.

The applicant must be flexible about their duties within the zoo and should be prepared to be involved in a range of jobs associated with the daily, safe and smooth running of a family owned and managed zoological gardens.

Jobs will include all aspects of animal care; the applicant will be responsible for various animal species and duties will include food preparation, cleaning, maintenance of the enclosures, aviaries and surroundings, hand-rearing where necessary, assisting the vet and administration of basic medicines, wormers etc, record keeping and risk assessments.

Other daily jobs may include cleaning and maintenance of working and visitor facilities to ensure safe and very high standards at all times, involvement with the educational presentations, supervising and training of trainee keepers.

 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team and alone,
  • Endless enthusiasm and an outgoing personality,
  • A passion for and proven experience of bird training along with first rate presentation skills,
  • A good knowledge and understanding of the conservation and education roles of zoos.

If you would like the chance to join our great team, please download an application form or telephone for a copy on 01223 891308. Please send this with a covering letter and CV to Kim Simmons, Linton Zoo, Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire CB21 4NT or email to lintonzoo@hotmail.co.uk stating any previous experience and availability.

     
EXPERIENCED GARDENER  - part time hours available
 

We are looking for an experienced gardener needed for approx 8 hours a week (with a view to potentially increase hours). Must have extensive knowledge and experience with herbaceous borders, summer bedding, hardy exotic plants including palms, bananas and tree ferns and care and safe use of garden machinery.

If you would like the chance to join our great team, please download an application form or telephone for a copy on 01223 891308. Please send this with a covering letter and CV to the Kim Simmons, Linton Zoo, Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4NT or email to lintonzoo@hotmail.co.uk stating any previous experience and availability.

     
COFFEE SHOP AND RETAIL ASSISTANT  - for immediate start.

Duties include table clearing, shelf stacking, general cleaning and housekeeping of cafeterian and visitor facilities. You will need to be energetic and have good people skills. Variable hours but must be able to work weekends and all school holidays and Bank Holidays essential. Applicants must be 16 years plus. No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given. Can lead to Customer Service Apprenticeship.

If you would like the chance to join our great team, please download an application form or telephone for a copy on 01223 891308. Please send this with a covering letter to the Kim Simmons, Linton Zoo, Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4NT or email to lintonzoo@hotmail.co.uk stating any previous experience and availability.

 
APPRENTICESHIP IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

We are looking for an Apprentice to join our team and complete the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Customer Service offered by The College of Animal Welfare. This is a great opportunity to work in a natural, education and conservation based environment and train in the range of duties involved in Customer Service. No attendance at college is required, all training and assessment will take place in the workplace. The 12 month course may lead to a permanent position for the right candidate, although employment is not guaranteed.

If successful your role will include a range of duties including:

Administration - taking admissions at front gate,
Retail – selling merchandise to visitors,
Coffee shop – taking food orders, serving customers and cleaning facilities after closing.

To apply or for more information visit the National Apprenticeship website. Type ‘Linton Zoo’ as a keyword and select Cambridgeshire, registration required to view full details.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE AND VOLUNTEERING WITH ANIMALS

We do run a work experience placement scheme here at the zoo, however we are unable to take on anyone under the age of 16, even for voluntary work.

All work experience placement applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of a 6 week*, full time block, after this initial training period it may be possible to change to 1 or more days a week if required. Please note that we operate on a 7 day work week, so your placement will include weekends and Bank Holidays, (* In some exceptional cases, where applicants have worked in zoos before, we can sometimes reduce the six week block to four weeks followed by one or two day a week to make a minimum work experience of 30 days.)

Work experience at Linton Zoo is a full zoo keeper experience, hands on, hard work and sometimes mucky! It is broken into three, two week training sessions. Initially students train in the area of basic animal husbandry including; cleaning skills, food preparation, health and safety etc. The second set of two weeks will involve domestic animal care and finally the third set of two weeks will use all of the skills learnt in the first month to apply to some exotic animal care. Students may help keepers with the care of animals such as lemurs, wallabies, reptiles, insects and in some cases (depending on previous experience and ability) students may progress to assist with care of larger animals including zebra and tapir.

Our Animal Care Apprenticeship students and most of our full time employed keeper team is recruited from former work experience keepers. We hope that the work experience builds good foundations for a future career in the field of animal care whether that be zoo keeping, veterinary or conservation field work.

This is a very intense training programme and this will require a lot of commitment from you. For those successfully completing an interview, there is a charge of £100 per application to secure a place, this is strictly non-returnable (even if you are unable to attend your booked work experience).

Work experience placements are much sought after so we cannot guarantee a place, but if you feel you are able to make this commitment and you would like to apply then please download the application form below and return a hard copy to us in the post to the address below, along with a statement as to why you would like to do work experience with us. It would also be helpful to know if you have any particular start dates in mind. Click here to download an application form

We are unable to respond to all applications we receive, if your application has been successful we will contact you to arrange an interview.

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