Vacancies

Are you considering a career in a safari park or zoo?

Our range of current vacancies are listed below for you to explore.

Property Administrator (Closes Sunday 9th April 2017)

Due to a recent reorganisation, an exciting opportunity has arisen on the Knowsley Estate for a Property Administrator within our Property Services department.

Working hours Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (40 hours)
Contract Permanent
Salary £18,000 – £22,000 (dependant on experience)
Closing date Sunday 9th April 2017

As a key member of the team, this role involves providing administrative support in an effective and efficient manner to the Property Services team who provide services to all buildings owned by the Knowsley Estate. This will be a varied role which will centre around general property management administration; the duties will include:

  • Being the first point of contact for tenants, clients and contractors;
  • Telephone calls both inbound and outbound;
  • Responding to general enquiries from email, telephone or otherwise;
  • Organising, filing and storing confidential paperwork, documents and computer-based information;
  • Maintenance of departmental records which will include: equipment register, gas servicing, electrical safety and H&S audit programme;
  • Keeping all databases up to date and informing the relevant person within the department of their relevant actions;
  • Producing correspondence such as letters, reports and presentations;
  • Scheduling, organising and taking minutes at meetings;
  • Making appointments and maintaining diaries for the team as required.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced administrator, well-presented, committed to high levels of organisation and customer service, with excellent communication skills. Previous experience in the property industry or similar would be an advantage.

You will also need strong IT skills including Microsoft Word and Excel together with the key requirements as highlighted in the job description and role specification.

Due to our location, your own transport would be advantageous.

How to Apply

You should download our short application form, complete it and send it together with your covering letter and CV to recruitment@knowsley.com. Where email is unavailable, please post your application to Human Resources, Knowsley Safari, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AN.

Click here to view the job description.

Download the short application form here.

Interviews are intended to take place on the afternoon of 18th April 2017.

Site Supervisor (Closes Monday 17th April 2017)

We have an exciting opportunity at the Knowsley Estate for a Site Supervisor within our Property Services department.

Working hours Monday to Friday averaging 40 hours per week
Contract Permanent
Salary £22,000 – £27,000 (dependant on experience)
Closing date Monday 17th April 2017

This role will involve providing reactive and planned maintenance services, addressing immediate operational and/or safety concerns, providing support to the Curatorial team and being a key member of the salvage team for the Estate.

Main duties & responsibilities will include:

  • To efficiently carry out general reactive hands-on multi trade work such as joinery repairs, decoration and non-specialist repairs;
  • To perform general cyclical and planned maintenance to buildings and services across the Estate;
  • The coordination and supervision of external suppliers and contractors including liaising with them to ensure that work is carried out to the high standards required by the Estate and trades are coordinated;
  • To monitor the progress and quality of works undertaken by external supplier and contractors including general auditing of H&S;
  • To assist the Property Services Department with managing PPM schedules and compliance related works across the Estate including associated routine inspections, testing and servicing;
  • To ensure that all tools, materials and vehicles are stored, maintained in good working order, routinely tested, recorded on the equipment register and available when required;
  • Handling works of art and hanging pictures (training will be provided);
  • To be the first point of contact for issues related to the main building services including the biomass (training will be provided).

Our ideal candidate:

  • An excellent and broad level of construction knowledge and background is ideal;
  • CSCS card holder;
  • Ideally from a joinery background;
  • Current and valid UK driving license;
  • A high attention to detail;
  • Work with precision and care;
  • Commitment to delivery high standards;
  • Professional attitude and approach to work;
  • Previous Site Supervision experience would be advantageous;
  • Up to date knowledge of H&S legislation;
  • First Aid ideal but not essential.
  • Together with the key requirements as highlighted in the job description and role specification.

View the job description here.

How to Apply:

Download our short application form here.

If you are the ideal person for this role, please send a covering letter, CV and our short application form in to:

Email address    recruitment@knowsley.com

Postal address   Human Resources, Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AE

Application Closing Date: Monday 17th April 2017

Interview Date: 1st stage: 27th April. 2nd stage: 4th May 2017

Chartered Building Surveyor (Closes Monday 17th April 2017)

We are advertising a brilliant new opportunity for a Chartered Building Surveyor at the Knowsley Estate within our Property Services department.

Working hours Monday to Friday averaging 40 hours per week
Contract Permanent
Salary £30,000 – £35,000 (dependant on experience)
Closing date Monday 17th April 2017

The Knowsley Estate is a diverse and energetic estate with a mixture of properties and land including the iconic Knowsley Safari and Knowsley Hall with surrounding grounds. The Estate also comprises commercial, residential and agricultural properties of a variety of ages and construction within the walls of the park and surrounding areas. This alone creates an abundance of diverse work for the Property Services department, from isolated defect investigation for listed buildings to interesting refurbishment projects and much more. This is an exciting time to join the Property Services department at the forefront of current and future plans to continually improve the Estate with a balanced focus on preservation, sustainability and modernisation.

As a key member of the department you will play an important role in the successful delivering of all property services including assisting the Head of Property Services with unique and exciting major projects.

Main duties & responsibilities:

View the job description here.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying or similar degree;
  • Have full Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Building Surveying Faculty) with at least 2 years PQE;
  • Have a current and valid UK driving license;
  • The candidate must have a good breadth of core building surveying experience including project management and preferably knowledge and experience of historical buildings, general building management (including PPM, statutory compliance and H&S) and sustainability;
  • As well as technical competence, the role requires someone with the ability to think laterally, who possesses good interpersonal and communication skills, has good commercial awareness and who is willing to provide first class service to the Estate, Lord and Lady Derby;
  • The role requires a proactive and adaptable individual who is capable of managing and delivering their own workload with minimal supervision;
  • Knowledge and experience of Fire Risk Assessments, Asbestos Management, Legionella, PPM, H&S and general statutory compliance in the context of building management is advantageous but not essential;
  • Experience of building management and / or facilities management would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Together with the key requirements as highlighted in the job description and role specification.

Due to our location, your own transport would be advantageous.

How to Apply:

Download our short application form here.

If you are the ideal person for this role, please send a covering letter, CV and our short application form in to:

Email address    recruitment@knowsley.com

Postal address   Human Resources, Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AE

 Application Closing Date: Monday 17th April 2017

Interview Date: 1st stage: 25th April. 2nd stage: 2nd May 2017

2017 Seasonal Cast Members

If you’re interested in working in a fun, vibrant and totally different environment unlike any other then becoming part of our 2017 seasonal 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 around positive guest engagement, being respectful and welcoming, understanding and empathetic and relies on you using your initiative to enhance their experience.

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

Can you?

  1. Smile
  2. Display enthusiasm and initiative
  3. Engage with children and adults

Are you?

  1. Confident
  2. Energetic and hard working
  3. Fun

If you answered yes to all these talents then you could be joining our team in the following areas:

Ride staff, Restaurant staff, Hosts & Stewards, and Reception team

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.

How to Apply

If you think that you are the ideal Cast 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: admin@archospitality.co.uk

Internships/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.

We currently offer 2 different Work Experience / Internship Programmes:

Programme Days Per Week Commitment Application Period More Information
Animal Team Internship (Student Keepers) 5 (Full-Time) 1 Year 2018 – 2019 Opens June 2017 Click Here
Learning & Discovery Summer Internship 3 (Part-Time) 10 Weeks OPEN until 7th April 2017 Click Here

To be eligible to apply for our internships you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years old or above.
  • You must be able to commit to the full duration of the placement on the dates agreed.

For Animal Team Internships:

  • You must be undertaking an animal related course which requires work experience or placement; or
  • You intend to take a ‘sandwich year’ within your degree in order to gain experience within a zoological collection.
  • 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.

Animal Division Internship – Student Keepers

If you are working towards an animal based degree, our Student Keeper placement is designed to offer you 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.

Learning & Discovery Internships

The Learning & Discovery Internship positions are ideal for those looking to gain valuable experience in zoo / science education, and are also applicable for trainee teachers looking to broaden their experience and work in and out of classroom setting. Those with an interest in developing their engagement or theatrical skills, or who are looking towards animal or conservation based careers are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that all placements are voluntary and unpaid. Accommodation is not provided. Places available are limited for each opportunity and are subject to application and interview.

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