Working with us

Male polar bear looking to the left of frame IMAGE: Amy Middleton 2023

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is a wildlife conservation charity with a bold vision: a world where nature is protected, valued and loved.

Our two sites, Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, are our gateways to the natural world through which people can experience nature. They can learn about the challenges facing wildlife and discover how we harness our expertise in conservation science and animal care to save species from extinction.

Find out more about our mission

What kind of opportunities are available?

Our staff are one of our most important assets and everyone plays a part in ensuring that animals and visitors are well looked after. We have a talented and passionate staff and volunteer team which is essential to achieve our ambitious targets for growth over the coming years.

We have a huge variety of roles at RZSS – ranging from welcoming our customers as a visitor experience assistant to working with our animals as a zoo keeper or a vet. 

We are fully committed to equal opportunities and employing a diverse workforce. View our 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 RZSS Gender Pay Reports.

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Staff benefits

We care for our people just as much as we look after our animals and visitors. As well as the fundamental benefits like salary and a work place pension, we offer other rewards that can help you financially, can make work a bit easier and make life outside of work a lot more fun!

Not only do we have competitive salaries we also offer the following fantastic benefits to all our employees:

  • Pension – RZSS will automatically enrol employees into a workplace pension (subject to qualifying conditions)
  • Free/discounted Access – You will receive a staff membership which will give you (and family/friends) free (and discounted) entry to both Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park as well as a number of other Zoo’s across the UK
  • Employee Assistance Programme – Professional, confidential advice, counselling and support is there for you and your family if you’re feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
  • Occupational Health – Your health and wellbeing really matter to us, so we’ve got access to a great occupational health team to look after you if required
  • Annual Leave – RZSS offers 34 holidays per year, inclusive of Bank Holidays (pro-rated for part-time)
  • Special Leave – We understand that sometimes people might need some extra time off work. The RZSS recognises this and caters for a variety of circumstances including career break, carers leave, compassionate and bereavement leave and time off for public duties
  • Professional Qualifications
  • Professional Subscriptions – We believe in your continuous professional development and pay for your annual subscriptions for relevant professional bodies, for example CIPD
  • Learning and development – We invest in your learning and development with training programmes, courses and conferences
  • Free Car parking – Whilst at work you can park your car free of charge at the on-site car park

Plus a few more benefits but you’ll need to join us to find out!