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.
Future staff requirements
If your ultimate goal is to work at Colchester Zoo, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.