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

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WORKING AT LINTON ZOO

PLEASE NOTE:
- ALL EMPLOYEES, WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OLD.

- WORK EXPERIENCE - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD FOR 2022.
- WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS FOR SCHOOLS/COLLEGES FOR LESS THAN A 6 WEEK BLOCK

CURRENT VACANCIES

CLICK ON THE VACANCY YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FOR MORE INFORMATION
   

ANIMAL KEEPER INTERNSHIPS - multiple positions available

Special interest parrots
Special interest softbills
Special interest tortoises and reptiles
Special interest paddock animals

We have a voluntary internship available for a block placement of 6 or 12 months (including a one-month probationary period) working within our animal keeping department, with learning opportunities that are dedicated to the care and husbandry of animals.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a prior knowledge of species within their special interest and have the enthusiasm to learn more. The successful candidate will also receive training in animal husbandry for a range of other species including other reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates.

The intern will be supporting the animal keeping staff and in return will gain valuable hands on experience in a busy zoo environment, alongside the opportunity to learn skills that will form the foundations of your Zoo keeping career. The successful applicant will be working full-time, five days a week, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Benefits of an internship

If you are keen to get the practical experience many zoos require when applying for a keeper position then this is the ideal opportunity for you. You will get to learn hands on skills with a range of animals that will form the basis of your zoo keeping career. Increase your experience and understanding of the work of a zoo animal keeping department and the wider role zoos play in wildlife conservation across the globe.

Role and responsibilities

  • Assisting with daily animal husbandry e.g. food prep, feeding, cleaning etc
  • General site and enclosure maintenance
  • Undertake and record animal observations
  • Visitor interaction e.g. answering visitor questions in a polite and sensitive manner
  • Visitor interaction and training for the delivery of keeper talks, animal encounters and tours

Requirements / what you will need

Applicants must 18 years old or over, be hard working, conscientious and uphold high standards of animal husbandry and welfare. Applicants must be willing to assist with other areas of the park, including general maintenance and upkeep of public areas.

  • Reliability and punctuality are essential requirements for anyone working in animal care,
  • The ability to work alone and as part of a team is essential, as are excellent communication skills,
  • Proficiency in public speaking or confidence to learn is necessary in this role,
  • Ability to adapt to different working environments,
  • You should be physically fit for the demands of the post,
  • You should be able to adapt to a flexible rota,
  • Ability to show evidence of a long-term interest in animal care e.g. animal related volunteer work.

This position is voluntary and therefore unpaid. We are unable to provide any financial support, expenses or accommodation to those wishing to apply, so we recommend applicants to be within suitable travel distance for the duration of this placement. We can offer free parking and free visits to the zoo on your days off for the duration of your time with us.

We recognise that this position takes a level of commitment from individuals and therefore we aim for interns to come away with experience that will help them in their future careers. To ensure that interns are provided with valuable experience; regular reviews will take place ensuring that the training agreement will be successfully accomplished with a training record that will be provided upon completion of the placement.

If you would like the chance to join our great team, please download an application form. 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.

Due to the number of applications we receive we are only able to respond to candidates
who are successful through to the interview stage.
 

WORK EXPERIENCE ON THE ANIMAL DEPARTMENT
APPLICATIONS ON HOLD FOR 2022

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer work experience or voluntary placements
for less than a 6 week full time block or for anyone under the age of 16.

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.

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.

 

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