Chester Zoo Is Hiring Someone To Look After Its Elephants

Taylor WilliamsTaylor Williams in News, UK
Published 15.08.19

Now you have the chance to live your childhood dream.

Chester Zoo are searching for someone to look after their elephants. Yes, this is a real job, with a real pay check.

Chester Zoo are offering one lucky individual the opportunity of a lifetime to work with their breeding family unit of Asian elephants. For 40 hours a week, you could be involved in the daily care of this endangered species. Letters of resignation just started writing themselves.


I personally think that this sounds incredible, but unfortunately “zoological related sciences” were not my calling in life – hence why I’m writing the article about it, not applying for the job. Maybe they’ll advertise a job I’m actually qualified for in the future, and I’ll get a glimpse of the elephants. We can dream.

As if getting paid to work with elephants wasn’t enough – because, let’s face it, we’d all do it for free anyway – Chester Zoo offer their employees a range of benefits, including free admittance tickets and a staff pass. They also offer a discounted gym membership, but when your full time job is literally looking after elephants, I highly doubt you’ll need to be lifting weights on the weekend.

Oh, and did I mention that the successful candidate would take home a salary of £21,356.63?!

The website says the job offers “a range of amazing benefits” too which include free admittance tickets, free park and ride access and 33 days paid holiday (inclusive on bank holidays) which increases with length of service.


“We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join us on the Elephant section,” it explains online.

“For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a breeding family unit of Asian elephants.”

“Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.”

Don’t get ready to give up your 9 to 5 just yet though – you’ll need a degree level qualification in a zoological science for this role. Sorry. Whilst I’m sure this is everyone’s idea of a dream job, it’s clear Chester Zoo are looking for a certain type of candidate. Specifically, someone with “proven experience in the care and management of large mammal species” (no, your German Shepherd doesn’t count, I’m afraid).

Whilst I’ve never visited Chester Zoo myself, the conservation charity and award winning attraction draws 1.9 million visitors a year. The ‘attraction’ part is where things get controversial, but from the job advert, it seems that Chester Zoo are pretty passionate about the welfare of the animals and the quality of their facilities. There’s a strict criteria for applicants to meet, ensuring the elephants are in safe hands.


If you’re a Zoology grad with prior experience, you’ve got until the 18th of August to get your application in here.

What are you still doing here? If you’re not – I hope you didn’t already hand in that letter of resignation.

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