Assistant Zoo Keeper

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Assistant Zoo Keeper

Bede's requires a highly motivated and passionate individual to join our Animal Management Unit in the role of Assistant Zoo Keeper at our Senior School. Full information about the role, the zoo, and the application process is available here.

The Assistant Zoo Keeper will look after the day to day needs of the animals in our collection including feeding, cleaning and general husbandry tasks.  You will be working alongside our Head of Animal Management, Mr Paul Juniper, who is one of the school’s Assistant Heads, and who has previously had many years experience working in a number of British animal collections. You will be directly managed by our Zoo Manager, who has recently been internally promoted creating this vacancy.

You will want to help to provide a first class educational experience for the pupils of Bede’s school, and to continue to offer outstanding husbandry and care for the animal collection.

You will have some experience of working with animals, ideally 1 - 2 years of experience in a zoo or similar setting, and will be educated to at least Level 3 in a relevant vocational subject or a biological science (biology, animal management, animal care, zoo management etc.), and be experienced with a range of exotic and domestic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. DMZAA certification or a completed zookeeping apprenticeship would be an advantage. You will also possess the practical skills necessary for both husbandry and enclosure maintenance and improvement.

This is a Full Time, Permanent Position working 40 hours per week, 5 days a week, 52 weeks per year. 

Salary; £25,028.16 per annum.

Bede’s offer a range of benefits including;

  • A Real Living Wage Employer
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Free use of School gym & pool facilities / discounted nationwide gym membership
  • Eye care vouchers
  • A generous company pension with salary sacrifice options
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Free onsite parking at the Senior School
  • A free lunch provided each day & much more!

For further information please see the Job Description below. To apply, please complete an Application Form and return it to with a covering letter.

Application closing date: Friday 31st May 2024 at 9.00am.

We do reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

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Job Description

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Bede’s Trust is committed to building a truly inclusive school and cultivating a culture of equality, diversity and kindness. We believe that a diverse staff body reflects and supports the diversity of our students and wider society. We are an equal opportunity employer and in recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expressions, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Bede’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS check.

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