Are you interested in a career at Colchester Zoo?

It’s not just about working with the animals, being a Zoo Keeper is just one of many roles being played within our massive team!

We always look for cheerful, positive and friendly people who enjoy working with others, and are keen to give our visitors a top class service; regardless of their ability, age, race, gender or religion.

Animal based work experience at Colchester Zoo

Here at Colchester Zoo we want to be able to assist in providing opportunities to gain and develop experience in zoo animal care, and provide real world learning for people who are passionate about working with animals. Please click on the link below for more information on our work experience offer.

Click here for the Work Experience Programme details

Future staff requirements

If your ultimate goal is to work at Colchester Zoo, please email us at with your relevant details or fill in the Colchester Zoo Employment Application Form, whatever your skill or profession, so we can keep your application on file until the day we will be able to hold interviews.


A complete building team of carpenters, labourers, digger drivers, plumbers and electricians, responsible for the construction of new enclosures and buildings in the park, together with the maintenance of all our existing buildings.
From washer-uppers and cooks, to cashiers and servers, our Catering team is responsible for running the many catering outlets around the Zoo, providing our customers with an excellent level of service.
As our visitors’ first port of call when entering the Zoo, the team welcomes them into our admission foyer, runs our ticketing office and helps with queue management. The team also helps customers with booking school/group visits and the various animal experience products on offer, as well as selling our Zoo passes, PLUS any general enquiries our visitors may have.
This team is based in the park and deals with First Aid enquiries, any lost children and lost property! They also work behind the scenes to keep the Zoo running with stock control and orders.
The Play Area department are our main entertainment team and look after our smaller visitors! Supervising the Jungle Tumble soft play area and the Crazy Sand Shop, plus painting hundreds of little faces, as well as dressing up for themed events.
This is an extremely busy team that ensures the 60 acres of Zoo grounds are kept to the highest standards of cleanliness, making sure the bins are emptied regularly, the paths are kept clean and clear, and the toilet blocks are all maintained. This department is also responsible for giving our visitors a trip to remember by driving our Lost Madagascar Express train.
The Gardening team might be small, but they have a massive job on their hands maintaining and planting, not just the visitor areas, but the animal enclosures too!
Our busy Retail team can been seen running our new gift and souvenir shop, The Outpost, as well as assisting our admissions team in the main entrance building.
This team includes our learning coordinators who run public engagement events and coordinate school visits and school sessions. The team also coordinates work-based learning. 
This small team deals with all of the PR and promotions for the Zoo, and maintains and develops the Zoo’s online presence on the website, and all social media platforms. Whether it’s designing posters and signage, arranging filming for programmes or creating printed material, it’s a busy department! The team also helps to maintain the digital infrastructure around the Zoo, including purchasing processes, digital screens and operating systems.
A vital part of Colchester Zoo, dealing with job applications, ensuring that all of our staff get paid on time, making sure invoices are sent, and suppliers are paid!
Last but by no means least, the animal keepers form one of the largest teams at Colchester Zoo, ranging from our curators to our trainee keepers, they look after the daily needs of all 200+ species to the highest standards possible. They also develop training techniques, which are being used by conservationists to protect animals in the wild!

Current Vacancies

All our current vacancies are advertised on this website, with some of our Zoo Keeper vacancies also being placed on the BIAZA and Zoo Biology websites.

All you have to do to apply is find the vacancy you are interested in, complete the online application form, and e-mail it to us with your CV and a covering note.

Your application will then be passed to the relevant Department Manager for consideration.

If you have attended an interview, we will contact you to let you know whether your application has been successful or not.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to contact all of those not reaching the interview stage.

Volunteering at Colchester Zoo

At the present time Colchester Zoo is not accepting applications for volunteer places. If you have submitted an application we thank you for your interest however this will not be processed as we are operating on greatly-reduced staff capacity.

When we are clear about the future plans for volunteers at Colchester Zoo information about these places and how to apply will be made available on the Colchester Zoo website. Please do check back regularly for any updated information, including how to apply.

Important Information for Applicants:

Under the immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 we are required to check that anyone taking up employment with us has the legal right to work in the UK.

All applicants invited to attend an interview will be asked to provide documentary evidence of this, and we will need to take a copy of these documents before work commences.

Please note that if you are a non EU citizen and you do not have the relevant Visa to work in the UK, we would only be able to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from the UK Border Agency if we can prove that we have met the Resident Labour Market Test, and that you meet the required points needed under the new points based system. For more information please see the UK Border Agency website

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