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Zoo Keeper

  • Job reference: KTS 084
  • Location: Antrim, County Antrim
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Facilities Managers
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Job description: Zoo Keeper - Antrim Road Zoo, Belfast

We currently have a zoo keeper role with the local council the Belfast area. The post holder will be responsible to the Curator or other responsible officer to undertake, either individually or as part of a team, the feeding, cleaning and general welfare of animals and the maintenance and security of enclosures at the Zoological Gardens.

To be responsible for interacting with visitors and other Zoo users through presentations, tours, talks and events as required.

Your duties will include
1.To be responsible for the general welfare and husbandry of Zoo animals including the cleaning and inherent safety of enclosures, the preparation and storage of animal food and the feeding of animals.

2.To supervise and be responsible for the work of volunteers, students, researchers, and invited guests or interested parties working, helping and refurbishing etc. all enclosures within the immediate area of animals.

3.To train and be trained in all aspects of animal husbandry.

4.To supervise and be responsible for patrolling the Zoo as required and the direction and diplomatic control of visitors on a daily basis including the use of appropriate measures to deal with unforeseen situations.

5.To communicate orally and in writing on a range of Zoo issues to a range of Zoo stakeholders including veterinary care, the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI), public relations, interest groups, senior managers and at special events.

6.To organise, implement, maintain and control many varied interactive, fundraising and hospitality events involving the public and any other interested parties.

7.To use and apply all appropriate chemicals and related substances in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and CoSHH or other relevant health and safety regulations.

8.To implement all relevant Belfast City Council and Zoo health and safety policies and procedures including various daily checks (including dangerous animals, escape and lost children); and acting as a keyholder for all animal enclosures and public areas.


(a)Applicants must have at least one year's relevant zoo keeping experience.

Special skills and attributes

Applicants must have

Technical knowledge
An understanding of the role of a zookeeper and the role of the modern zoo.

Customer care skills
Good inter-personal skills with an awareness of the importance of customer care.

Supervisory skills
The ability to supervise and be responsible for the work of volunteers, students, researchers etc.

Communication skills
Good oral and written communication skills when dealing directly with veterinary care, PSNI, public relations, delivering animal talks to theIt is also desirable that you have previous working experience of car park attendant duties and are a car users but this is not essential.

If you wish to apply please send a copy of you CV over to Keira Timothy-Smith at Service Care Solutions , or feel free to call Keira on 01772 208967