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Keeper – Parrots and Penguins

Reference: SEP20203524
Expiry date: 2020-09-28 12:00:00.000
Location: Chester
Salary: £21,934.33 Per Annum
Benefits: Excellent benefits package

Permanent – Full time, 40 hours per week

We currently have an exciting vacancy for a Keeper to join our Parrots and Penguins team.


The role: 

The Keeper will join one of our large and varied Bird Teams, and assist with the daily care and management of species including Passerines, Pigeons, Cassowary, Penguins and Parrots.

Chester Zoo aims to set a benchmark for animal conservation and welfare and we are looking for someone who can deliver an excellent level of animal husbandry, care and welfare for the assigned birds; ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards.

The ideal candidate: 

  • A HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
  • Proven experience in the care and exhibition of birds in a zoological or bird collection
  • Excellent avicultural knowledge and experience of bird husbandry, diet and reproduction techniques
  • Enthusiasm for and the understanding of modern zoos and the conservation challenges zoos face
  • Outstanding observational skills, with a high attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Competency in the use of computers and basic software packages, including ZIMS software, would be advantageous for this role in order to maintain accurate records. A full driving licence valid in the UK would also be advantageous.

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and Bank Holidays as rostered.

The salary for this position is £21,934.33 per annum (grade 6) and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, click 'Apply Now' to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Keeper – Parrots and Penguins role.

 Closing date for applications is noon on 28 September 2020