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

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CURRENT VACANCIES (click here for work experience)

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently 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.

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

EXPERIENCED KEEPER

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

The applicant must have an animal care qualification and be flexible about their duties within the zoo. The role involves a wide 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 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.

     
ODD JOB / HANDY MAN / DRIVER - full time hours available
We pride ourselves on sustaining excellent facilities for our visitors and staff, as well as providing our animals with a safe, beautiful place to live in a natural environment. We are looking for a reliable and hard-working Handyman to undertake the upkeep and repair needed to maintain our high standard by doing various odd jobs.

Your job responsibilities will be very varied and may include, but are not limited to:

- Performing maintenance and light repairs,
- Performing routine landscaping on the grounds,
- Daily inspection and maintenance for play areas,
- Undertake duties as assigned or emergency tasks (e.g. shoveling snow)
- Identifying and reporting the need for major repairs,

- Ensure the grounds are free from litter and debris,
- Assisting contractors with maintenance and building,
- Driving collections for food, hay etc (full clean driving license required),
- Painting enclosures, fences etc,

Personal qualities required:

- Ability to resolve problems and adhere to health and safety guidelines,
- Ability to deal with other contractors or maintenance workers, 
- Being re
sourceful and self-motivated,
- Good communication skills. 

- Being flexible about hours and days worked, 
- Able to resolve complaints quickly and efficiently,
- Able to work as part of a team, 
- Physically strong – capable of working with machinery or moving heavy equipment,

Due to the nature of our business, successful applicants must have a flexible approach to working hours and be able to work weekends, school holidays and all bank holidays. Holidays must be taken off season during our closed Winter period, if you have any holidays booked between now and September please do not apply as your application will be rejected. An interest in wildlife conservation beneficial.

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  - Full time and part time 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. Applicants must be 16 years plus. No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given. Can lead to Customer Service Apprenticeship.

Due to the nature of our business, successful applicants must have a flexible approach to working hours and be able to work weekends, school holidays and all bank holidays. Holidays must be taken off season during our closed Winter period, if you have any holidays booked between now and September please do not apply as your application will be rejected. An interest in wildlife conservation beneficial.

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.

     
INTERNSHIP - KEEPER TEAM

We have two voluntary internships currently available for a period of 6 months (including a one-month probationary period) working within our animal keeping department. The successful applicant will be working full-time, five days a week, including weekends and all Bank Holidays. The intern will be supporting the animal keeping staff throughout the 6 month period, 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.

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.

Expected duties / training provided

  • 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 delivery of keeper talks, animal shows, 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.

  • The ability to work 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 with a flexible rota,
  • Reliability and punctuality are essential requirements for any one working in animal care,
  • The ability to work in a team and independently,
  • You must be physically fit for the demands of the post,
  • 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 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 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

     

WORK EXPERIENCE AND VOLUNTEERING WITH ANIMALS

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently 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,

(* 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 days a week to make a minimum work experience total 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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