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Tel: 01983 403883

Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB


Current vacancies :

Seasonal cafe assistants

We are currently recruiting Cafe Assistants to join our team at the Isle of Wight Zoo. These are part-time seasonal positions (subject to a trial period) and may include school holidays, bank holidays, weekends and occasional evening work for special events.
Café Assistants are responsible for maintaining high standards of customer service and food hygiene. Duties are mainly front-of-house involving taking orders, taking payments and serving. These roles will be based either in our ice-cream hut or the main zoo café. You will need to be/have:
• A friendly and welcoming attitude
• Flexible approach to working hours
• Customer service experience is beneficial but not essential
• Good interpersonal skills
• Trustworthy and security conscious
• Numerate and computer Literate, EPOS experience will help but is not essential
• Good communication skills
• Team player
• Ability to work under pressure and with conflicting priorities
• Food hygiene certificate an advantage but not essential
Salary: National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage for age group.
References required.
Due to the location and working hours own transport beneficial.
Closing date for applications – Friday 9th June 2017
To apply, please click on link below to download an application form, once completed please send to the Catering Manager via email or post: Catering Manager, Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown, IOW, PO36 8QB

IOW Zoo Application Form.pdf

Animal carer position

We are currently recruiting two Animal Carers to join our team at the Isle of Wight Zoo. The first position is a full time permanent position (subject to a trial period) working a 5 day week from Sunday until Thursday. An interest in reptiles, big cats and primates is essential. Previous experience preferred, but will consider recently qualified applicants.
The second position is a permanent cover position (subject to a trial period) working Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Previous experience preferred, but will consider recently qualified applicants.
Animal Carers are responsible for maintaining high standards of husbandry and care for the animals assigned to them. Animal Carers are expected to follow set husbandry standards and are expected to be involved in all aspects of care for animals including enrichment, training, weighing of animals along with their normal duties. Excellent communication skills are required in order to contribute towards our education programme.
A current driving license will be an advantage.
To apply for this position please fill in an application form and send to Animal Manager, Isle of Wight Zoo, Yaverland Seafront, Sandown, PO36 8QB
The closing date for these positions has been extended to the 26th may 2017.
Please use the link below to download an application form
IOW Zoo Application Form.doc 

Working at the Zoo

The Isle of Wight Zoo is one of the Island's premier attractions and is a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums). We aim for the highest standards of customer service and animal welfare to ensure that we continue to maintain and progress our reputation within the tourism and zoological industry.

The zoo's operations are divided into the following departments and the zoo employs 15 to 40 staff fluctuating throughout the year depending on the demands of the business. Some of these posts are made up of permanent full-time/part-time positions with additional staff employed on a temporary basis:

  • Operations (incorporating HR and Finance)
  • Animal 
  • Education
  • Maintenance and Horticulture
  • Trading - including Retail, Catering and Marketing
Working within a zoo environment can be exceptionally rewarding and interesting. The Isle of Wight Zoo aspires to recruit hard working and enthusiastic individuals who will contribute positively and significantly to the organisation's needs while supporting the overall ethos of the zoo.

Applying for Vacancies
If you are applying for an advertised vacancy you will need to complete the application form that comes with the vacancy. It may help you to know that we usually advertise vacancies in the following way

Successful applicants for vacancies with the Isle of Wight Zoo may be required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check as a condition of employment.

Criminal Records Bureau Policy

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders If you are short-listed for a position you will be contacted within 28 days of the closing date. If you do not hear from the zoo within this time-frame then your application will unfortunately have been unsuccessful. We regret that due to the very large number of applications we receive we are unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.

Current vacancies will be listed at the top of the page - please visit their respective job descriptions for details on how to apply.

Sending in a CV

If you have experience and/or skills which you feel may be of value to the zoo and are looking for employment you may wish to contact us in case a vacancy arises. You are very welcome to send in a CV, which we will keep on file for six months. Please note that we only accept speculative CVs by post - we do not open attachments on unsolicited emails. The address to send them to is:

Enquiries, Isle of Wight Zoo , Yaverland , Sandown , Isle of Wight PO36 8QB

Please indicate in your covering letter which department/s of the zoo you would like to be considered for.

Careers Advice - Zoo Keeping

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