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Keeper - Hoofstock

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

North West England Closing date for applications is: 26th Jan 2020
Contact: Jennifer Cairns ([email protected])
Sector: Animal Care
Type: Paid
Contract type: Full-time

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to prevent extinction, from caring for animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 2 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world! If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Keeper to join us on a permanent basis, based between the Giraffe and Rhino sections. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a variety of hoofstock species including Rothschild’s Giraffe, Black Rhinos, Okapi, Grevy’s Zebra, and Malayan Tapir to name a few.

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. 

The successful candidate will have: 

  • A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience

  • Proven experience in the care and management of a variety of hoofstock species, including Giraffe, Rhinos and Camels, in a zoo or safari park setting, as well as the highest standards of exhibitry

  • Outstanding observational skills with excellent attention to detail

  • Experience implementing environmental enrichment

  • Experience of working within strict Safe Working Practices

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. 


Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £21,890.55 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

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To apply for this position, please go to and click ‘apply now’ to provide your current CV and complete the application form, highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper role.