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

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

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:

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 Closed 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.

Assistant Curator of the Derby Collection

Collections department, Knowsley Estate

Working hours 25.5 hours to be worked over 3 days per week
Contract Fixed term, expected to last for 12 months
Salary £22,000-£25,000 (dependant on experience and pro rota’d for 3 days per week)
Closing Date Open until suitable applicant found

Due to a period of leave, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen at the Knowsley Estate for an Assistant Curator for the Derby Collection.

This role is based within the ancestral home to the Earls of Derby, Knowsley Hall, which is one of the North-West’s oldest stately homes and has a fascinating history. Owned by the Stanley family, the Derby Collection is a breath-taking collection that has been built up by the Earls of Derby for more than 500 years. One of the most notable points about the collection, and just a small snapshot, is the presence of Edward Lear who is most famous for his limericks and nonsense verse. He was also a prolific landscaper watercolourist, and the Derby Collection to this day holds the outstanding collection of Lear’s early natural history drawings and a highly significant group of his landscaper watercolours, both sketches and finished compositions, that were made throughout the artist’s long later career.

This role involves providing the Curator with assistance in the administrative management of the Derby Collection. The duties of this role will include:

  • To assist in the administration relating to the conservation / repair of items in the Collection.
  • To assist in the monitoring of the Salvage Plan.
  • To assist in the management and administration of short and long term loans.
  • To assist in the development and maintenance of the image library.
  • To administer all image reproduction requests and issuing of licenses.
  • To assist in the curating of all exhibitions at Knowsley Hall.
  • To assist with conducting research into the Collections and the history of the Stanley Family.
  • To provide tours of the Hall and external presentations when requested.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in this or a similar area, be well-presented, committed to high levels of organisation and have excellent communication skills. You will also need strong IT skills including Microsoft Word and Excel.

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


How to Apply

Please send in your CV and covering letter to Where email is unavailable, please post your application to Human Resources, Knowsley Safari, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AN.

Please click here to view the job description.

Interviews are intended to take place at a suitable time and date to the candidate and ourselves until a suitable applicant has been found to fulfil the role.

We regret that if you have not heard from us within three weeks of your submitting your application, in this instance, you have been unsuccessful.

Site Supervisor
Hours  Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm, averaging 40 hours per week
Contract Permanent
Salary £22,000-£27,000 (dependant on experience)
Closing Date Open until suitable applicant is found

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

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

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


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