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Apprentice Animal Keeper - Banham Zoo



17th February 2021

Employer Description

Banham Zoo is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country, with over 2,000 animals from around the world and set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.

We have a very exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Animal Keeper to join our Zoo Animal Management (ZAM) team and acquire specialist on the job training. 

The apprentice keeper will work to a high standard under the direction of the senior ZAM staff.  The ZAM department care for the main collection of animals at the zoo and the successful candidates will assist in caring for a variety of domestic and exotic species whilst also providing support for the rest of their respective team where required.

Key accountabilities:

Provide the highest level of husbandry according to the needs and requirements of the animals in your care to ensure that the animals are kept in the best physical and mental health possible, with consideration to budgetary constraints.
Effectively work with the animals to minimise stress and risk of injury to all involved.
Maintain a positive attitude within your working environment at all times.
Undertake additional duties that will assist in the smooth running of the department.
Comply at all times with department policies and procedures, paying particular attention to health & safety and administrative issues, to ensure they are appropriately followed.
Continuously develop yourself through appropriate learning and development activities as agreed by line management in order to deliver excellence and undertake other tasks as required.
No prior zoo or animal husbandry experience for the post of apprentice is required as full in house training will be given, although candidates will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in zoo animal husbandry.


Average 40 hours a week and is expected to last approximately 16 months.  A driving licence is preferred but not essential.


£4.15 per hour and then minimum wage after the first 12 months depending upon age.

This vacancy is government funded and due to this there is strict eligibility criteria, applicants with level 2, 3 or degree level animal care qualifications are not eligible to apply as government funding is not available for people with such qualifications. Applications are only invited from those aged 18 and over due to restrictions under the Young People at Work regulations.

This role is based at Banham Zoo and there is no accommodation offered with this position.

How to apply:

Please download an application form for this position (CVs alone will not be accepted) and then send it with a covering email explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for this position, to deborah.harris@zsea.org.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 3rd March 2021  – applications made after this date will not be considered and due to the expected volume of applications we will not be in a position to advise applicants that they were unsuccessful or provide feedback on their applications. Candidates selected for interview will be notified by the 5th March 2021

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 03/03/2021


£4.15 per hour


This job is located in Banham, Norfolk

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