- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary to negotiate
Animal Keeper – carnivore or hoofstock
For over 50 years, Longleat has been one of the UK's most loved attractions. With almost one million visitors every year, we are passionate about providing wondrous and immersive experiences that lead to lifelong memories.
Despite our established reputation, we constantly strive to educate, excite and inspire guests – from hosting the UK's largest ever hot air balloon gathering, to celebrating our Festival of Light; the first and biggest event of its kind in the UK, with a total of 3,000 spectacular Chinese lanterns transforming the Estate.
What will this role of Animal Keeper entail?
Three positions are available to join the Safari as an Animal Keeper, working within either the carnivore or hoofstock team. Tasks will include carrying out husbandry routines and caring for an incredible variety of species, including the giraffe, cheetah and lions. You'll patrol and carry out observations on the animals, reporting and advising on husbandry and safety matters to Senior Keepers.
Naturally, the focus of this role will be on our animals, however you'll also be engaging with people just as much with regular educational and VIP initiatives, and frequent guest enquiries will arise as you perform your duties. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional standards of both animal welfare and guest engagement.
What will I need to be considered for this Animal Keeper vacancy?
- A full UK driving licence
- Passion and commitment to animal welfare and conservation
- Excellent communication skills with a positive, mature and friendly nature
- Good team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well under pressure
- Honest, reliable and flexible to work hours as required
Although not essential, proven experience with animal keeping / husbandry with relevant animal related qualifications would be highly advantageous.
Please note, whilst Longleat is an equal opportunities employer, the successful applicant will need to be physically fit due to the nature and demands of the role.
What will I receive in return?
You will receive a pay rate that meets National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage, in addition to a range of attractive benefits that include; 29 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata), complimentary tickets to Longleat and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, discounts on food and beverages and retail merchandise, along with life assurance cover and more perks.
Contract Type: Seasonal fixed term contract until 5th of January 2020.
Hours of Work: Working hours to vary on a 7-day rota basis – earliest rota'd start time of 8.30am, until close. Times vary throughout the season with a latest finish time up to 9pm.
Please note, due to the nature of the business evenings and weekend work will be required, including bank holidays.
Location: Longleat (Warminster, Wiltshire)
All applications for this Animal Keeper vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions please.