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Keeper Internship

Wild Discovery

Wild Discovery

North West Closing date for applications is: 31st Jan 2020
Contact: Alexandra Davies ([email protected])
Sector: Animal Care
Type: Volunteer
Contract type: Full-time

Wild Discovery is a growing zoo situated at Ribby Hall Village near Preston. We hold over 60 different species and support conservation projects from around the globe from the UK to the Philippines.

We are now accepting internship applications running from October 2019 to December 2020. We are offering places for our full time, voluntary internship, which run for a period of 6-12 months, with your choice of start date throughout the year. This opportunity will provide the successful candidates valuable experience in a developing zoo environment, working with a range of species in all sections of the zoo.

This year applicants will have the opportunity to be involved with the new developments at Wild Discovery including the Philippine crocodile conservation project advocated by our ambassador crocodile in the new Secret Forest section.  Candidates can also learn research and breeding techniques in the new Research Department which host species such as Partula snails and Scottish wild cats.

Candidates will be trained in a variety of skills including husbandry, record keeping, enclosure maintenance and design, nutrition, training and public education. There are also opportunities to complete a research project per any course requirement or general interest. Ideal for Degree sandwich placements, dissertation research projects or experience building to boost future carer prospects.

Objectives of the placement

·         To gain knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of a zoo.

·         To gain experience and knowledge of zoo animal husbandry and care. This includes preparing diets, maintaining enclosures, daily record keeping, creating environmental enrichment and animal health checks. 

·         To gain confidence when delivering educational talks and packages.

·         Gain skills which will support their future career within the zoo industry.

Required skills

·         Currently working towards or hold an animal-related degree qualification.

·         Minimum age of 18.

·         Previous experience within a zoo setting or with exotic animals. Small mammals would be desirable.

·         Candidates must be motivated, passionate, hard-working, have good time-management and keen to learn new skills.

·         Keeper tasks can be physically demanding; thus, candidate must be physically fit and prepared to work in all outdoor conditions.

All positions are voluntary. Unfortunately, Wild Discovery cannot provide any financial support to applying candidates.

Interns operate on a rota basis, working 4 or 5 days out of 7. Candidates must be prepared to work weekends, bank holidays, and in all weather conditions.

Apply for this job:

To apply, please head to the Wild Discovery website to access the Person Specification and Application Form at Please send your form to Alexandra Davies at [email protected]

Applicants can also email [email protected] to receive the Application Form and Person Specification.