Experienced Carnivore Keeper

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Experienced Carnivore / Big Cat Keeper

A position has become available for an experienced Carnivore and Big Cat Keeper. The position is working 10 or 11 days out of 14, including weekends and bank holidays.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated individual to join our small, friendly team.  This position provides a unique opportunity for the right individual. The role includes responsibility for some of our Category 1 animals, such as; Malayan and Bengal Tigers, Maned Wolves, Brown Hyaenas, Cheetahs, and Syrian Brown Bears.

Tasks will include:

  • Ensuring animal husbandry and welfare needs are met to a high standard.
  • Assisting with record keeping via ZIMS, including personal and relevant observations of animal welfare, health and behaviour.
  • Assisting with veterinary, training, and other animal related procedures.
  • Assisting with the preparation of approved diets and carrying out the correct feeding procedures.
  • Assisting with exhibit and Enclosure design and upkeep. 
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are always followed. 
  • Involvement with the production and delivery of keeper-talks and education sessions, alongside our education department.

The successful applicant must be capable of working well within a team, as well as alone and unsupervised. You must be educated to at least GCSE level in English, Maths and Science. An animal-based qualification is desirable but not essential.

 Experience in this area is critical, a minimum of 6 months working with Category 1 animals is required and full references must be provided.

Due to the physical nature of the job, applicants will need to be physically fit and healthy, and be fully prepared to work outside in all weathers.


  • A good knowledge of carnivores and global animal conservation issues.
  • An ability to communicate this knowledge to the general public.
  • Your own transport is required due to our rural location, there is no public transport to the zoo.
  • Accommodation could be available.

Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter by email to Katherine Adams, Head Keeper.

Email: office@hamertonzoopark.com

CLOSING DATE:  3rd June 2024

We will only contact those who we wish to interview.



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