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At Blackpool Zoo, we aim to ensure that all of our visitors experience a fantastic day out. It’s not just about the amazing animals, each member of our team plays a part in making this happen.

For the following vacancies we are seeking confident, enthusiastic, flexible and motivated staff aged 16 or over. Experience isn’t necessary but a SMILE is a must.

We are a visitor focussed company and in all roles you will be expected to deliver great customer service to everyone you meet. All roles will see you take on a variety of tasks - including cash handling and interaction with visitors, whilst maintaining a safe environment.

We are looking to fill a number of vacancies for the busy season ahead. All jobs are seasonal and occasionally weather dependent. We’ll provide full training and uniform (where necessary) and we pay up to living wage (dependent on age). We also offer a whole host of benefits including complimentary zoo tickets, discounts and free parking… Oh, and you’ll be working in an award winning zoo!!

Visitor Services Assistant

Our Visitor Services team are the face of Blackpool Zoo, helping visitors have a safe and enjoyable day out. You could be working at admissions, answering visitor queries, directing in the car park, helping to keep the park clean and presentable and assisting our visitors as they adjust to a covid-secure way of visiting.

You should be a strong communicator who is polite, helpful and confident. It may be necessary to walk distances around the zoo and you should be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions. 

Catering

It’s feeding time at the zoo – Just like our animals, we need to make sure our visitors are fed and watered throughout the day. Whether you’re serving take-away hot meals in the café, or ice-creams on a sunny day, working as part of our Catering team is a diverse and exciting role! Your duties may include preparing and serving food, take in deliveries, stocking up, clearing tables and pot-wash.

Admissions

We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo… On arrival at the zoo you can see the excitement on our visitor’s faces – little kids and big kids alike. Could you be the person that welcomes them and helps kick start their adventure? You’ll be greeting the visitors with a smile, managing the queues and selling tickets. You'll need to have excellent communication skills and be comfortable in a fast-paced customer service role.

Activities

There’s fun to be found in every corner of the zoo – from face-painting by the big cats to selling balloons and manning the bouncy castle. This role will see you out and about in the zoo interacting with our visitors, and selling your goods or services. If you think you could transform a toddler into a tiger or giggly golfer into the next tiger woods… this is the job for you. This position would require the candidate to be physically fit and have a mature attitude.

Train Driver

All aboard!! Our miniature train needs a driver! Could you take to the tracks and guide visitors on a mini safari? Duties include driving the train, basic train maintenance and interaction with visitors. This position would require the candidate to be physically fit, flexible in regards to working hours and have a mature attitude.

Playbarn

Our smaller visitors just love the Playbarn - with its colourful, multilevel frame it’s the perfect place for little monkeys to run wild. Duties include monitoring the welfare and safety of children within the play barn, reception work, cleaning and catering - all whilst providing excellent customer service to visitors of all ages.

Retail

Being a zoo keeper can be messy… but looking after our army of cuddly plush animals is easy – they don’t need feeding and there’s no animal poo to shovel! Working in one of our two gift shops, you will find yourself stocking shelves, taking in deliveries and assisting customers find the perfect souvenir.

Photography

Say cheese!! Upon arrival at the zoo, our visitors are whisked away on a safari adventure to stand amongst lions and tigers… Well, that would be a bit too dangerous. So instead we need photographers to help maintain the illusion! All training will be provided but a creative eye and outgoing personality is a must. Some customer service experience would be of benefit.

Party Host

There ain't no party like a wild zoo party!! As a Party Host you'll be working with groups of children and helping them celebrate their birthday in style. Are you a pro at Party Games? Can you sing Happy Birthday like no other? If you've got what it takes to get even the wildest of parties started - this is the job for you! Applicants must be bubbly, outgoing and enthusiastic.

Housekeeping

Zoo Keepers take care of the animal enclosures, but we need people to help us take care of the human-only areas. You’ll be keeping public indoor areas and toilets block clean throughout the day and some experience in a visitor environment is preferred.

Grounds

It takes a team to keep our grounds looking tip top. This role will see you keeping the park tidy, picking up litter, emptying litter bins, general tending of beds, mowing and helping out on the car park.

Retail

Our visitors love to take home souvenirs of their day out at the zoo.  The retail team ensure the high standard of appealing merchandise is maintained through stocking up, cleaning and the taking in deliveries.  

Housekeeping

Zoo Keepers take care of the animal enclosures, but we need people to help us take care of the human-only areas. You’ll be keeping public indoor areas, staff areas and toilets block clean and throughly sanitised throughout the day and some experience in a visitor environment is preferred.

If you feel you are ready to join our troop at Blackpool Zoo, please email your completed application form to recruitment@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.  Closing date for applications is Friday 26th March 2021.

As we are recruiting for a number of departments and roles, you must clearly state the role which you are applying to in the subject line of your email.  Please note you can only apply for one role at a time and if you do not specify a role in your email your application will not be processed. 

If you have previously applied, please feel free to apply again.  We will invite successful applicants for interview within 4 weeks.

Application Form / Additional Information

Blackpool Zoo is currently closed!

The government has announced that the outdoor areas of zoos will be allowed to reopen no earlier than Monday 12th April.  Until then we remain closed.

As always please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for another date. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we are allowed to reopen.

Stay safe everyone.