Animal Support Kitchen Technician

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Animal Support Kitchen Technician to join our Animal Support team on a an initial fixed term 12 month contract (annualised 40 hours a week).

The Animal Support Kitchen Technician plays a key role in diet preparation on the Animal Department, reporting to the Veterinary Health Coordinator.

The role:

Main duties include the preparation of animal diets formulated in our new Central Animal Kitchen.  The zoo houses over 1,000 animals and as expected their diets are varied, working from the animal diet sheets provided you will prepare diets for a range of species, ensuring they are prepared in a timely manner ready for delivery to the keepers.
Other duties will include accepting and unloading animal food deliveries, maintaining strict hygiene and biosecurity standards in the kitchens, liaising with the animal department staff regarding dietary changes, cleaning the kitchens and surrounding area after use and assisting in the stock rotation and control of food items. Applicants may also be required to assist with the delivery of diets to the various sections in the zoo using one of the zoo's electric vehicles as well as other minor tasks as required to aid the smooth running of the animal department.
This role offers an amazing opportunity to be involved in many critical aspects of animal care.

About you:

Experience of food preparation in a fast paced environment is desirable as well as a keen interest in exotic animal care and welfare.
A full manual driving licence valid for the UK, and excellent time management and organisational skills are essential for this role.

The salary for this position is £21, 400 per annum  and in addition to this Blackpool Zoo offers the following benefits (after probationary period):
·       28 days paid holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays)
·       Workplace pension 
-       Branded uniform provided (as required)
·       Relevant internal and external training provided
·       Free entry to our 2 aquariums for staff and immediate family
·       Monthly complimentary tickets for Blackpool Zoo
·       Discount in our catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
·       Free staff parking

Blackpool Zoo is one of the UK’s most established medium sized zoos, and in recent years the zoo has gone through a rapid modernisation and development process.

Blackpool Zoo is operated by Parques Reunidos, one of Europe’s largest leisure and attraction operators which specialises in the tourism/leisure sector. Parques Reunidos currently operates 61 parks around the world and attracts over 21 million visitors annually.

The closing date for applications: 20th November 2022

Please send a detailed CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post to Nichola Day, People and Organisation Manager by emailing

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date. We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

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