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Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.

Trainee Animal Keeper - Great Apes (3046)



£14,308 - £14,308/annum + fantastic additional benefits

Job Location
- United Kingdom -- England -- West Midlands -- Warwickshire -- Atherstone

Job Type

08 February 2019

Trainee Animal Keeper – Great Apes

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

In 2014, we launched our 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently, we’ve opened a new £3.5 million world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success. As part of our Masterplan development programme, other investments have also included new habitats and renovations such as Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and Butterfly Forest, all of which offer our visitors an immersive and inspiring experience with the animals.

At TZ you’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core. We offer a diverse range of roles and are committed to the fundamental approach of equal opportunities in employment. Our team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.

With our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues at the heart of everything we do, we aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

What will this role of Trainee Animal Keeper entail?

You’ll benefit from regular supervision following structured training at the outset, caring for the animals in the Great Apes sections of Twycross Zoo. You’ll assist in ensuring that animal keeping is carried out to required standards, with duties to include but not be limited to;

  • Preparing and distributing food and water to animals, in quantities and manner as guided by Senior Keepers
  • Learning about the animals and reporting any animal health concerns to the Senior Keepers
  • Assisting with maintaining enclosures, food preparation and public viewing areas to a high standard of hygiene, cleanliness and exhibition
  • Answering enquiries from the public in a helpful and polite manner

What will I need to be considered for this Trainee Animal Keeper vacancy?

  • Some experience caring for domestic and / or exotic animals, ideally with prior experience in a zoo, and / or working with Great Apes 
  • Achieved or willing to work towards an appropriate animal related qualification
  • Ability to demonstrate a responsible and enthusiastic approach to the work
  • A passion for the Zoo’s work and purpose
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A flexible approach to duties and working hours
  • Full UK Driving Licence would be beneficial but not essential

What will I receive in return?

As a Trainee Animal Keeper, you’ll receive a salary of £14,308 per annum for 34 hours per week (equivalent to £8.07 per hour).

You will also receive fantastic additional benefits including 31 days holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata), along with the benefit of a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets. Free onsite parking.

Contract: Permanent, working 34 hours per week on a set 3-week rota. You’ll work 4 days out of 7 between the hours of 8am to 5pm during the winter months and 8am to 6pm during the summer.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

All applications for this Trainee Animal Keeper vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.

Contact information

Twycross Zoo