Positions Vacant



Battersea Park Children’s Zoo


Position:  Animal Keeper (Full-time / Permanent)

Salary: (dependant on experience)


About Us:

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is a well established and expanding family run business. Battersea is one of two BIAZA accredited zoos within our company. We strive for the highest standards in animal husbandry, conservation and education.

Our mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats through engagement and interaction with the public, particularly young children.


Battersea Park Children’s Zoo promotes and champions the smaller more child friendly species within the beautiful and historic setting of Battersea park. We endeavour to inspire young people to take an interest in the natural world.


Overview of Role:

 We are seeking an animal Keeper to work with a wide range of species within our Zoo. The successful candidate will be expected to ensure high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within all sections.


Working hours are 40hrs per week, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends and bank holiday’s, so flexibility regarding hours is crucial.

The role is physically demanding and our site is mainly outdoors, so ability to deal with all weathers essential.


Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment however experience with primates and small exotic species is desirable. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a team.


A sustained period of paid employment, interning or volunteering within a U.K. accredited zoological collection or animal related position required.


Main Duties:

  • Assisting as instructed with the cleaning of all areas within the zoo.
  • Assisting as instructed with enclosure/paddock servicing.
  • Assisting under instruction with the preparation of approved diets.
  • Assisting under instruction/supervision the carrying out of correct feeding procedures where this is deemed appropriate by the Animal Manager.
  • Ensuring that safety and emergency procedures are followed at all times.
  • Assisting where appropriate with the movement and/or training of animals, “Meet the Animals” etc. as directed by senior staff.
  • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors.
  • Reporting defects and repairs required to the Animal Manager or more senior staff.
  • Assisting in various projects related to animal management as directed by senior animal management staff.


Person Specification:

  • Practical experience of animal management with a range of domestic and exotic species including primates.
  • Broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections.
  • Willingness to work on and learn about evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
  • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should capture or veterinary procedures require this.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
  • Keeper experiences, children’s birthday parties and public engagement particularly with younger children are an essential part of our business, we are very customer focused so please make sure you are.



Please note*


  • Accommodation will not be provided on site.
  • Public transport is an easy option for those seeking this position.
  • We do not hold telephone or Skype interviews; all interviews will be held at the Zoo.




To Apply:

Please email hr@chestnutcentre.co.uk  For an application form and then return the completed form along with your C.V. and covering letter to the above email address.




Closing Date: Midnight Wednesday 31st October 2018.








Operations Manager at Battersea Park Children's Zoo

Position - Operations Manager at Battersea Park Children's Zoo

Reporting to - Partners /General Manager

Permanent full time - 40 hours per week

Salary - £27,500


Role - Operations Manager is a new role at Battersea Park Children's Zoo

The Operations Manager is the senior permanent position at Battersea Park Children's Zoo
and is directly responsible and answerable to the partners and General Manager

This challenging role is to ensure the smooth efficient running of all aspects of the zoo business. The position carries responsibility for the administration of the site and includes the supervision and motivation of personnel with each section (animal/retail/education) to ensure visitors have a positive and enjoyable time during their visit.

During our intensely busy times eg school holidays you will need to be flexible to work some weekends and Bank Holidays liaising and rostered with other senior staff.

Job description

• Maintain a smooth and efficient daily operation
• Liaising with senior staff and management to create a good working environment
• Dealing with queries and complaints in a positive and professional manner
• Ensuring all emergency drills are carried out and recorded in line with our Zoo Licence requirements and conditions and Health and Safety Regulations for employees and the public.
• Deputising for senior managers when required.
• To be fully trained on usage of the tills including daily setting up and cashing up procedures.
• Arrange First Aid courses when required for staff.
• Liaise with Accounts Manager at Head Office.
• Liaise with Building Team and Animal Curator where necessary at New Forest Wildlife Park
• Arrange and chair regular staff meetings.
• Working with outside parties interested in holding events or promotions at the zoo
• Maintaining website and Facebook pages regularly

To Apply:
Applicants - contact Zoe O’Reilly details below for an application form.
Return completed application form, cv and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating reason for interest in this vacancy and details of availability).

Contact Head Office -


Gardener and Groundsperson

Part time and permanent

4 hours (morning preferable)) - 4 days a week including 1 weekend day.

Salary -£10,816 (DOE)

Reporting to Operations Manager at Battersea Park Children's Zoo


Light gardening -including maintaining and and planting out the flower beds and tubs throughout the year.

Strimming edges , mowing and leaf blowing

Empty waste bins daily into bulk bins in service yard.

Light maintenance when required.

Reporting any maintenance work to Operations Manager

Keep all paths and other areas clean, tidy and litter free.

To Apply:
Applicants - contact Zoe O’Reilly details below for an application form.
Return completed application form, cv and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating reason for interest in this vacancy and details of availability).

Contact Head Office -


Careers with wildlife

If you are considering working with animals there are many different employment opportunities available. A good place to start looking is on the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) or Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK) websites: