Interested in a career working within a zoological collection?

Our careers hub provides you with more information about working within zoological education, animal husbandry and welfare and what it’s like to work at Knowsley Safari.

You’ll find information about our latest vacancies as well as answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive; and we also provide some tips and advice on the recruitment process and what we look for in an applicant. For more information on our applicant privacy notice here.

We hope that you find the careers hub to be a useful portal of information for those of you wishing to work within a zoological collection, and here, at Knowsley Safari.

Available Positions

If you are looking for a career where you would be part of an organization that actively tries to make a difference to the natural world by inspiring and connecting our communities to benefit all of those generations still to come, then Knowsley Safari could be the place you’ve been searching for.

This amazing feeling and call to action is something which our staff care so passionately about. We focus on making a positive impact on our guests, our animals, our community and our people.

If you’re interested in working in a fun, vibrant and totally different environment unlike any other then becoming part of our team may be for you. We’re looking for ‘people who love people’ as we hope that each and every guest who visits Knowsley Safari experiences “The Best Day Out Ever”. This centres on positive guest engagement, being respectful and welcoming, understanding and empathetic, and relies on you using your initiative to enhance their experience.

We want personalities who are fun and engaging with our guests and who are determined to deliver a wonderful experience to every guest, leaving them with memories that last forever.

If you think that you’d be an asset to our team, then ask yourself these questions:

Can you?

  1. Smile and be friendly and welcoming;
  2. Display enthusiasm and initiative;
  3. Proactively engage with children and adults.

Are you?

  1. Confident and hardworking;
  2. Fun and engaging;

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you could be joining our team in the following areas:

Catering, Rides, Hosts, Stewards, Reception and Admission

If you are successful with your application, you must be willing to work on a flexible basis. Hours will vary depending on the needs of the business and time of the year. Working days will include weekdays, weekends, bank holidays, and school holidays. At certain points in the year, there will also be a requirement for some evening work.


How to Apply

If you think that you are the ideal Safari Team Member then submit your recent CV including full contact details (name, mobile number and email address) along with a short message detailing why you believe you are suited to the role to: You will receive a pre-screening interview with Arc Hospitality Recruitment before being invited to our next interview day with us on site.

We are Knowsley Safari, and we are the leading paid for visitor attraction in the city region with over 600,000 guests visiting us each year. Our enthusiastic and expert team do amazing work to inspire and connect our communities with the natural world for the benefit of future generations. Our aim is to be an exemplar in the zoological industry and to other large visitor attractions, we want to be the best!

To achieve that goal, we want to have the very best people working with us and as such our Animal Team is growing! If you share our passion for caring for animals, conservation, research, education, and providing our guests with the best day out ever, connecting them to the natural world, then please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.


Available Roles

Unfortunately there are no vacancies within our animal team at the moment, please check back again.


Keeper Grading Criteria

We have provided the criteria for all Keeping roles below so you can read through and see how they compare to each other. Though not all roles will be available at all times (see above for available roles) we think it’s important that you know what we expect at each grade at Knowsley.

Trainee Keeper

Grade 1 Keeper

Grade 2 Keeper

Grade 3 Keeper

We are recruiting for an Assistant Catering Manager to join our team on a permanent basis.

The successful candidate will deliver outstanding customer service and champion high standards throughout our fast-paced multi-unit catering outlets.



To download the Job Description click here.

To download the application click here.

Once you have read through the recruitment pack, and confirmed that this is the role for you, please send your completed application form and CV to There is no closing date to this advert as we will close when our next Assistant Catering Manager is found, and so we encourage your early application.

We are recruiting for a Deputy Animal Manager to join our Carnivore & Primates team on a permanent basis. Applicants must be hard-working, conscientious, able to work as part of a team and always looking to pursue high standards of welfare and husbandry, as well as visitor experience.

The Deputy Animal Team Manager, Carnivore & Primates is a technical expert with good knowledge of carnivore and primate’s species’ biology, a wide-ranging experience of the management of Carnivores and primates and proven communicational, organisational and staff supervisory skills. This role is responsible for coordinating and supervising daily operations of the Carnivore & Primates team, ensuring the delivery of all aspects of animal care and guest experiences for the section. This includes high standards of husbandry and welfare outcomes, executing habitat maintenance and improvement, health and safety awareness, delivery of guest experience initiatives and organising, supporting and developing animal care staff.



To download the Job Description click here.

To download the application click here.

Application form together with CV should be sent to, please no postal applications.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 June 2022.


Student Placements and Work Experience

For individuals who are planning a career within the zoological community, Knowsley Safari’s Internships are a fantastic opportunity to learn from our experienced staff within an outstanding Safari Park environment.

At this time we only offer the advertised placements and are therefore unfortunately unable to accommodate any other requests that do not meet the criteria or commitment as outlined. Please read all information carefully before emailing or applying.

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