Chester Zoo Is Hiring Someone To Look After Its Giraffes, Rhinos And Zebras

Sarah O NeillSarah O Neill in News, UK
Published 11.03.20

LinkedIn never offers me the roles I want.

It’s all ‘entry-level office management accounting and Excel division‘ this, ‘graduate non-paid internship data-processing and administration‘ that.

So consider us here at The Hook your new recruitment agency – and we have just the role for you.


Offering the dream job for any animal lover, Chester Zoo is on the look out for a new lead keeper of their Hoofstock department.

This would pretty much make you the general acting manager of a team of giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. Just some really great experience for your CV.

As Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare, the applicant is responsible for delivering excellent care for the animals, and making sure their home enclosures and facilities are top-notch. Interior design experience is not necessary.

Although I’m sure they’ll appreciate anyone with an eye for a well-matched throw and couch cushion.

In addition to day-to-day care of the animals, the role also includes a PR angle.


The successful applicant will be expected to represent Chester Zoo in media interviews and conferences. You may even have the chance to travel to internationally for some far-flung meeting locations!

Being the ideal candidate is no easy task, however.

Making me really regret that English Degree (once again), the zoo is on the hunt for a job-seeker with a qualification in zoological related science. This could be a Higher National Diploma, a University Degree, or equivalent experience.

Applicants will also be expected to have detailed knowledge of animal husbandry (which I recently found out was not related to animal weddings), alongside previous experience of working in a zoo or safari park.

The role also calls for the usual job application buzzwords; good organisational skills, ability to work in a team, leadership skills, problem solving etc.

Chester Zoo hopes to find someone who is open-minded in developing and implementing new ideas within the department, and who has a good understanding of risk assessments.

Plus, you must have a full and valid driving license, possibly for when the Giraffes need a lift.


But the perks don’t stop with looking after cute animals every day, oh no.

The lucky applicant will start on a salary of £24,142.75 per year, as well as receiving a bunch of fun benefits.

These include free tickets to the zoo, 33 days paid holiday which increases with the length of service, a staff pass, free bus travel to and from the zoo, AND a discounted gym membership.

So you’ll be able to bench press 150kg, travel for free, and pet a zebra every day. It really is the dream.

So, how can you apply?

To apply, you’ll need to provide tour current CV, and complete an application form. Be prepared to list skills, experience, and propose why you think you’d be the best person for the job.

Make sure you make it clear that you’re not just doing it to live peacefully among the animals and escape the confines of the human world. Which is what I put on my application, which has certainly gone in the Chester Zoo bin.

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You’ll have to hurry, though. You’ve only got until the 10th of March to apply!

Although if giraffes aren’t really your thing, we’ve got some other fantastic opportunities for your next career move.

The Coco Palm Dhuni Kholu in the Maldives are currently looking for an intern to care for their turtles for two whole weeks!

Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning tanks, attending rescue missions and updating the resort’s Instagram page.

The real task is finding the perfect filter for a baby turtle, but we’re sure you’ll be up for the challenge!