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Seasonal Food & Beverage Assistants

Reference: APR20219271
Expiry date: 23:59, 14 April 2021
Location: Chester
Salary: £8.91 Per Hour
Benefits: Excellent benefits package
Duration:May to September or June to September

We are Chester Zoo, and for nearly 90 years we have been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to prevent extinction, from caring for animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and, despite all the recent challenges thrown at us, we still want to be the best zoo in the world! If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have a number of exciting vacancies within our Food & Beverage team on a seasonal basis. We have positions starting in both the week commencing 10 May and week commencing 14 June 2021. All positions are expected to run until 18 September 2021.

The Role:

Food & Beverage at the zoo includes fast food restaurants, coffee shops, kiosks, a warehouse, a picnic parlour and a 450 seat street kitchen serving Indonesian inspired food.  We are looking for candidates who are dynamic to work across these units.  The roles include customer service, waiting on, food & drinks preparation, cash handling and cleaning. Assistants may also be required to work in The Oakfield, our own contemporary British pub/restaurant which was once home to the zoo’s founder George Mottershead and his family.

The ideal candidates will:

  • be passionate about excellent customer service and be a strong communicator
  • be confident, flexible and approachable with a “can do” attitude

Experience of working within a fast paced Food & Beverage environment, as well as experience of cash handling and using EPOS systems would be advantageous.

Flexibility in these roles is key, therefore candidates must have the following availability:

  • able to work up to 5 days out of 7 including weekends and Bank Holidays, or
  • able to work weekends (including Bank Holidays) and School Holidays

Contracts will be offered on a minimum 8 hour per week basis depending on availability, but hours of work may be significantly more during busy periods.

Candidates must be aged 16 or over and have completed their Year 11 studies at the proposed start date. 

The rate of pay for this role will be £8.91 per hour and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at 

To apply:

Click ‘Apply now’ to provide your current CV and complete the application form. On page 2 of the application form, please clearly state what days you are available to work and the earliest date you are available to start.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 April 2021

If successfully shortlisted, you will need to be available to interview during the week commencing 19 April.