Keeper (Primates) – Chester

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Keeper - Primates

12 months temporary fixed term contract – 40 Hours per week

We currently have a vacancy for a Keeper - Primates on a full time temporary  basis, to join a large and busy section. For the right candidate, this post offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a variety of primate species.

The Role:

The post will involve the daily care and management of a variety of primate species ranging from Sulawesi Macaques, Lion Tailed Macaques, Spider monkeys and Mandrills, to smaller species such as Lemurs, Marmosets and Tamarins, therefore experience working with these species is required.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal welfare and the successful candidate must be able to deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned mammals; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

The Package

  • 12 months temporary fixed term contract
  • 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.
  • 33 days annual leave
  • Salary of £24,632.63 per annum
  • Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends
  • Access to healthcare plan
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Discounts on cinema tickets, restaurants, high street shops and more via Perks
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contributions of up to 9%

Our Requirements

  • A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
  • Proven experience in the care and management of a wide variety of primate species on this section, as well as the highest standards of exhibitry
  • Outstanding observational skills with an excellent attention to detail
  • Experience implementing environmental enrichment and working within strict Safe Working Practices
  • Experience of implementing guest experiences to a very high standard
  • Be confident in and around deep water and be able to work at heights
  • A full driving licence valid in the UK

Although not essential, the following would be desirable:

  • Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, in order to maintain accurate records.

Closing date for applications is 1st December 2023

More About Us

We are not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals. We are not just the UK’s most popular zoo. We are a major wildlife charity that is committed to the recovery of endangered species globally. And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, we’re making a  major contribution to conservation at a time when it’s needed most. We are Chester Zoo and we prevent extinction.

Candidates are asked to please apply through our website using the following link -

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