Work Experience - Applications NOW CLOSED

Applications for work experience - NOW CLOSED

Applications for work experience for 2019 closed on the 31st October 2018. Unfortunately we are not able to consider applications received outside of this date.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30th November 2018.

Unfortunately if you do not hear from us by this time you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

We allocate 8 places a year to students who are aged 18 or over at the time that they take up their work experience with the zoo. Trainees shadow qualified and experienced keepers in some of our animal sections and learn skills in basic animal husbandry. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will work with any particular species. The trainee will undertake the following key tasks:

  • Cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures
  • Food preparation for the animals
  • Some feeding of the animals

The work is physically demanding, so trainees will need to be fit and healthy. Competition for places is high, so we also apply the following selection criteria when short-listing applicants.

  • Candidates must be aged 18 years old (minimum age) at the time that they undertake their work experience here at the zoo.
  • Candidates must be available for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 3 weeks en-block during a calendar month. Note: we take work experience students from February through to the end of September.
  • Work Experience placements are offered only to those engaged in biological or animal-related courses, or enrolled on such a course. Individuals should be seriously considering a career in the field of Zoology, zoo keeping or animal husbandry.
  • Priority is given to candidates for whom work experience is a compulsory part of their course.
  • Financial assistance is not available from the zoo to work experience students. All travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses must be borne by the student.
  • Candidates will be required to wear their own suitable clothing whilst undertaking work experience at the zoo.

If you would like to be considered for our 2020 places, please check back with us in 2019.