Current Vacancies

To apply for any of the positions below, click on apply by email next to the position that you are interested in. You may paste your CV into the email.

Please click here to download an application form which should be completed and sent with your application.

If necessary you may also apply in writing please print out the application form send it with your CV to: The Directors, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

For more information about becoming an animal keeper at Colchester Zoo click here.


Job Title: Play area vacancy

Colchester Zoo are looking for some staff to work weekends plus some weekdays particularly in the school holidays.  

Duties will include assisting children and parents in the indoor play area; face painting; manning the Sand Shop.

Successful applicants must be polite and courteous; and have a good customer service manner, and they must be able to work under pressure in a busy environment, and be prepared to dress up in both mascot costumes and fancy dress if required.

Please send your CV and covering letter to vacancies@colchesterzoo.org marking your e-mail very clearly - PLAY AREA VACANCY

Closing date for applications – 14h April 2017

Job Title: Labourer

The Construction Team at Colchester Zoo are looking for someone to join them as a labourer to assist with the maintenance of existing structures and the construction of new exhibits and structures around the park. 

Successful applicants must be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers on some very uneven terrain. Previous experience in the building trade would be beneficial but is not essential.

This position is based on 5 days per week working Monday to Friday.

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

Closing date for applications is 31st March 2017

Job Title: Catering Staff

Colchester Zoo are looking to recruit full time and part time experienced staff available to work weekends and school holidays 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 vacancies@colchesterzoo.org

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017

Job title: Train Driver

Colchester Zoo are looking for someone to join the current team to drive the Road trains.  The successful applicant must have a full clean driving licence, be over the age of 25 years old, and be confident in public speaking. You would be responsible for driving passengers around the train routes, giving a commentary about the various animals you drive past, and ensuring that the train station is kept clean and tidy along with assisting with the cleaning around the nature reserve.

This is initially a TEMPORARY POSITION through to 31st October 2017 after which the contract will be reviewed. Full time or part time hours would be considered, but this position will include working weekends and bank holidays, together with the possibility of some evenings when the zoo has special events. 

Please send your CV and covering letter to: vacancies@colchester-zoo.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017

Job Title: Deputy Supervisor – Grounds Team

Colchester Zoo are looking for someone to assist with the management and supervision of the Grounds and Site Cleaners.

Along with assisting the team with litter picking; emptying bins; sweeping; pressure washing; you would also be assisting and cover the existing manager for holidays; days off and sickness, with producing rotas on a weekly basis; ensuring daily reports and records are completed and maintained; controlling stock of all cleaning equipment etc.

A knowledge of COSHH and a fork lift truck licence and a full/clean driving licence would be advantageous but not essential.

Applicants must be available to work 5 days per week on a 7 day rota so will involve working Saturdays and Sundays together with public holidays along with some late nights to cover special events.

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

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017

Job title: Retail Assistants

We are looking for staff to join our retail department. There are 3 different hours available - 5 days per week, 3 days per week and weekends (please state which one you are applying for on your application)

Successful applicants will be working mainly in our Admissions kiosks and Gift Shops serving customers and restocking shelves, so must be prepared to work in a very busy and pressured environment.

Working hours will include working one and sometimes both weekend days together with a minimum of 3 or 4 days during school holidays and public holidays.

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

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017

Job Title: Plumbing & Heating Engineer

Colchester Zoo are looking for a Plumbing and Heating Engineer to join us on either a full or part time basis, assisting with the installation of new and the maintenance of our oil and biomass heating systems; various filtration systems, and toilets and washroom facilities around the park.

Ideal applicants would have previous experience in the maintenance of biomass and oil fired boilers.

Full time hours would be working Monday – Friday and being on call at weekends and public holidays on a rotation basis.

This position is available for immediate start. 

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

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017

 Job title: Retail Deputy Supervisor

A full time vacancy has arisen for a Deputy Supervisor within the retail department at Colchester Zoo.

The Role:
-To assist the retail Supervisors in the smooth running of the Retail and Admissions department.
-To be responsible for leading and motivating a large team of staff and ensuring that a high level of          
 customer service is provided at all times.
-To provide general shop management, including displaying merchandise, checking stock deliveries for any damages or discrepancies.
-To ensure all staff are upselling relevant zoo products within the admissions area and shops.

The Person:
-Proven experience in a Supervisory role within retail.
-Excellent people skills and able to remain calm under pressure.
-Should be computer literate, as a number of different systems are used within the department.
-A high standard of work ethic and organisational skills needed.

This is a permanent full time position 5 days a week on a 7 day rota.  The successful applicant will be required to work some weekend days, public holidays and school holidays.  Occasional early starts and evening work will be necessary for special events held during the year.  The salary is to be discussed at interview and will be based on experience.

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

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017

Job Title : Specialist Vacancies

Job Description: Are you interested in establishing a career at a highly respected and established organisation? From time to time Colchester Zoo recruits applicants from more specialist backgrounds even when a vacancy has not been advertised. If you feel you have exceptional skills to offer one of the largest conservation organisations and tourist attractions in the south east of England we would be happy to hear from you. From electricians and plumbers to specialists in marketing or accounts we invite you to submit your CV to the Directors, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL or via email. Please note we will only be able to respond to CVs that are of interest.

Send your application to vacancies@colchesterzoo.org

Work Based Learning Placements  

Role Description: 

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

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


To apply for any of the above jobs please Telephone 01206-331292 extension 221 during office hours, or apply in writing quoting the specified reference number.

If you are interested in working for Colchester Zoo in the future please send in a CV for consideration to;

The Directors, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

All existing staff have been, and new staff will be, issued with the appropriate individual statements of Main Terms of Employment (SMT) and will be issued with, or have access to an Employee Handbook and sign either an Existing Employee or Induction Checklist From to confirm their understanding of, and compliance with it.

We operate an Equal Opportunity Policy and ensure that staff are aware of this policy, and reinforce it at training sessions, giving examples of the appropriate areas of conduct to avoid discriminatory behaviour and the penalties for breaking the policy.

Legislation changes notified to us will be used to keep our documentation up to date.



Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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