Colchester Zoo Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in working at Colchester Zoo.

Please find below details of any current vacancies. We update this page regularly so if no vacancies are listed below we would recommend checking back again soon.

We would welcome your application, find out how to apply below:

How to apply:

- Download and complete the electronic Colchester Zoo Employment Application Form. Please ensure all sections of the application form are completed, do not enter ‘Refer to CV’. If you would prefer to complete a printable version of the Colchester Zoo Employment Application Form please click here.

- Send your completed application form and CV via email, or in hard copy to the contact details next to the post you are applying for.

Please be aware that we will only process applications that include a completed application form and CV.

We do have a lot of interest in our vacancies, if you have not heard from us after four weeks since submitting your application you should assume you have not been successful on the occasion.

We also offer a range of volunteering opportunities, for more information please click here or alternatively if you are looking for work experience please click here for details.


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We have vaccancies for retail and paybox assistants to work on a full time or part time basis. 

Duties would include serving customers in both the gift shops and the entrance kiosks; restocking shelves and ensuring the gift shops are tidy.

This position will include working weekends, public and school holidays.

Please send your CV, covering letter and Colchester Zoo Application form to retail@colchesterzoo.org

Closing date for applications: 30th September 2018

Job Title: Catering assistants

Colchester Zoo have vacancies for both full time and part time staff available to work weekends and school holidays to work in the various catering outlets around the zoo, from Patisserie with table service, to food preparation in Penguinis and the Sandwich shop.

Duties will include serving customers; food preparation; clearing tables; washing up; restocking shelves; ensuring very high standard of food hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times together with high levels of customer satisfaction.

The successful applicants, must be flexible, be able to work both Saturdays and Sundays on a rota basis; as well as public holidays and school holidays.

These positions are available for immediate start.

Please send your CV and covering letter to lynn@colchesterzoo.org

Closing date for applications: 10th September 2018

Job Title: Play Area assistant

Colchester Zoo are looking for staff to join their team in the Play Area team to assist with the supervision of the soft play area, Jungle Tumble; manning the Sand Shop as well Face painting, Bug handling.

Ideal applicants must be prepared to dress up in mascot costumes, and fancy dress for special events at Halloween and Christmas.

Hours are varied but applicants must be available to work at weekends and during the school holidays

Please send your CV, covering letter and Colchester Zoo Application form to kalahari@colchesterzoo.org

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2018

Work Based Learning Placements 

Role Description: 

  • Currently studying animal science courses at College or University.
  • These placements are unpaid.

For further details for 2018 placements see the work based learning placement page of our website.


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