Animal Keeper – Trainee

Seasonal Animal Keeper - Trainees

Location:         Edinburgh Zoo

Contract:         35 hours per week (FTC for 12 weeks)

Are you passionate about animals and have experience of working within a zoo keeping role? We’re looking for Seasonal Animal Keeper – Trainees Assistants to join our dynamic team at Edinburgh Zoo. Recruitment for our 2019 season is now open!

As the busy Easter and Summer periods approach we are currently seeking pro-active and enthusiastic Seasonal Animal Keeper – Trainees to join our team during these busy periods. If you are passionate about animals and have experience of working within a zoo keeping role then we would like to hear from you.

What you’ll be doing…

There are all sorts of jobs to be done at Edinburgh Zoo to help keep this unique and wonderful place going. Our Seasonal Animal Keeper – Trainees can enjoy a wide range of fun and exciting responsibilities, and these physical hands-on role in a busy animal park include:

  • Feeding, cleaning, maintaining and presenting the enclosures and general care and welfare of the animals and these tasks will involve bending and lifting.
  • Carry out or assist with associated tasks, including record keeping and interacting with our visitors.
  • A working knowledge of ZIMS, SPARKS and other zoo management systems would be desirable.

What you’ll need…

We’re looking for positive team players with excellent communication skills, who are able to demonstrate a quality approach to their work. To operate effectively in this role, practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment is highly desirable and experience of working with a wide range of animal taxon groups is also desirable.  You must also have up-to-date basic knowledge and understanding of zoo legislation and best practice, along with a sound basis of practical knowledge and good animal management skills.  A full UK driving license is desirable.

These roles are 12-week fixed term roles where the working hours are 35 hours per week and the posts will involve weekend and occasional evening work. Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, right to work in the UK and Basic Disclosure Scotland check prior to commencement.

What you’ll get in return…

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! We offer more than everyday job satisfaction - as well as our wonderful animals we have a highly professional, diverse and friendly staff community too. So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!


To apply, please complete a RZSS application form and recruitment monitoring form (top right) and email it to Postal applications may also be sent to: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, HR Team, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS.

Closing date: Sunday 24 March 2019 with interviews likely to take place week commencing 8th April 2019.

Due to the level of interest in these positions, we are not able to contact each unsuccessful applicant individually. Therefore, if you have not been contacted by Friday 5 April 2019, please assume that you have been unsuccessful this time.

Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction. We are the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS), and for over 100 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity as well as an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction. We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure a sustainable, bright and exciting future. Through our two sites, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, we provide unique and memorable experiences and engage over 750,000 visitors per year in the wonders of the natural world, taking care of over 1,000 rare and endangered animals in safe and stimulating surroundings. The RZSS strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity SC004064