Animal Internships

Our mission at Knowsley Safari is to connect communities with the natural world for the benefit of future generations and we recognise that an important part of this is to support and invest in those who want to pursue a career within a zoological collection.

Our Student Keeper Internship Programme is designed to offer those students working towards an animal based degree an education in the practical aspects of an Animal Keeper role within an outstanding Safari Park surrounded by experienced keepers who are more than happy to pass on their skills and knowledge. We offer you first-hand experience within the Park/Zoo community with plenty of support, training and development of you as an individual. Following our placement, you will develop skills in animal management & husbandry, organisation & planning, and teamwork & communication, and gain a realistic idea of the intense physical demands of the role.

Who should apply?

This placement is aimed at undergraduate students who:

  1. Must undertake a placement to accompany their studies as a required aspect of their university programme
  2. Wish to take a “sandwich year” within their degree in order to gain experience in the safari / zoo world

Only students who fit either of the above criteria and are enrolled on a course which is relevant to the role will be considered for the placement.

Working with animals can be routine and very physically demanding, you should have a reasonable level of fitness to carry out the placement and will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Please note that we do not provide accommodation.

Placement Timescale

2017/2018    4th September 2017 to 31 August 2018

Placement Overview

To be immersed into the world of a Safari Park which will prepare students for working life after university. Students will be educated in all aspects of the Park, primarily the Animal team but also the Visitor Services in order to gain an overall knowledge to appreciate the running of the Park as a business as well as an enriching environment for our animals.

Student Tasks

There are several tasks which you will be required to complete during your time with us:

Placement Outcomes

Our Expectations

How do I apply?

The application period for the 2017/2018 Student Keeper placements is open to students from 6 June to 20 November 2016. If you have been successful to interview you will be contacted by 1 December 2016.

To download a copy of our Application Form please click here.

Please complete our application form and send it, along with a copy of your CV to

The group interview session will be held on Saturday 10 December 2016.

Students are chosen and informed of their placement before Christmas 2016 to start September 2017.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications that we receive, you will only hear from us if your application has been successful.


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