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:

Please note that our next Assessment Centres will be held in January for the 2017 season.

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 3 different Work Experience / Internship Programmes:

Programme Days Per Week Commitment Application Period More Information
Animal Team Internship (Student Keepers) 5 (Full-Time) 1 Year 2017 – 2018 OPEN Click Here
Learning & Discovery Weekend Internship 1 (Part-Time) 10 Weeks Opens January 2017 Click Here
Learning & Discovery Summer Internship 3 (Part-Time) 10 Weeks Opens February 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.

Head of Parks & Gardens
Hours 5 days over 7, working 40 hours per week
Salary Competitive dependant on experience
Contract Permanent
Closing Date Sunday 23 October 2016
Interview Date Thursday 27 October 2016

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Parks & Gardens to join our fantastic team within the prestigious Knowsley Estate. This is a newly created role to bring together the existing Gardens and Woodlands team, a total of 8 people, to operate throughout the entire Estate.

Main duties & responsibilities include:

To lead the Parks & Gardens team to undertake the grounds, horticultural and arboricultural maintenance to specified and agreed standards and requirements by the Earl & Countess of Derby.
To be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and health & safety of the team whilst at work and ensuring that all staff are properly deployed, trained and equipped.
To be responsible for all the forests, gardens and grounds at Knowsley Park. Also responsible for all lawns, both formal and informal, and all hedges.
To lead and motivate the Parks & Gardens team ensuring all activities are conducted in a professional and efficient manner.
To produce and deliver annual budgets with a mind to efficiency and cost control.
To assist in the development of a long-term strategy for the parks and gardens at Knowsley Park. The aim is to develop and present the gardens and grounds in a way that is sympathetic to the historic stately home to which they relate.
The ideal candidate:

Highly experienced and qualified with a wide range of skills and techniques in either horticulture or arboriculture.
Happy to lead from the front as a hands on manager.
Proficient in use of a wide range of machinery.
Full driving license and trailer test.
Previous experience in people management and project delivery.
Good people skills.
Friendly and positive attitude.
Good team player.
IT literate
Due to our location your own transport is essential.
View the job description here.


A competitive salary dependant on experience.
A permanent contract with full time hours based on the needs of the business.
31 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of public holidays)
A Company that is committed to personal development and training.
Great Company contributory pension scheme
How to Apply:

If you are the ideal person for this role, please send your CV in to:

Email address:

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

Please note that due to the expected number of applications for this post we will only be contacting those who have been shortlisted for interview.


Learning & Discovery Seasonal Assistants
Hours Annualised hours contracts: 1 x 1280 hours from 30 January to 05 November 2017 (based on 32 hours per week) + 1 x 775 hours from 30 January to 03 September 2017 (based on 25 hours per week)
Salary £7.85 per hour
Contract Seasonal / Fixed Term
Closing Date Monday 21 November 2016
Interview Date Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January 2017

We are currently recruiting for two Learning & Discovery Assistants to join our education team for the 2017 season.

The department is responsible for delivering a creative guest engagement program that is a positive, fun, memorable experience and importantly connects our guests with the natural world.

The successful candidates will have a range of responsibilities to support the delivery of this program including both formal and informal teaching. This ranges from delivering public talks, hosting and busking at exhibits, conducting classroom sessions, assisting with kids clubs and delivering tours and encounters.

We’re looking for energetic, highly motivated and excellent communicators who have an interest in wildlife and conservation issues with the enthusiasm to share this with others.

You will be expected to work flexibly on an annualised hours contract (based on either a 25 or 32 hours per week) in line with the seasonality of the business. This will include weekends and bank holidays.

Click here to view the job description & person specification.

How to Apply

Send in our application form together with your CV to Please no postal applications.

Click here for application form.


Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January 2017 from 09.30am – 5pm:

  • 1st Stage is a group interview which will start at 9.30am and finish at approximately 2pm on both days.
  • If you have been successful you will be invited to stay on the same day for the 2nd Stage Interview which is an individual interview to be held from 2pm, latest finish time will be 5pm.

This post is subject to a DBS check.

Please note due to the expected number of applications for this position we will only be able to contact those who have been shortlisted for interview.

Santa's Helpers
Hours 10am – 4.30pm
Salary Dependant on age: Under 18 = £3.87, 18-20 = £5.30, 21-24 = £6.70, 25 and over = £7.20
Contract Temporary: From 18th November to 24th December 2016
Closing Date Applications open until suitable number of helpers are recruited

Knowsley Safari will once again be hosting our Santa’s Grotto for 2016 and as such are looking for helpers for our Santa – all Elves and Toy Soldiers are welcome to apply. As you can imagine, this role will include working in Santa’s Grotto, meeting and greeting families, managing queues of children, getting them excited to meet Santa and keeping children entertained whilst they wait. You will also be providing Santa with essential information to make the visit as magical as possible. You’ll also be required in Santa’s Safari Studio where you’ll be helping children design various seasonal arts and crafts to take home. Being full of Christmas cheer is a must as well as providing every child with a memorable experience, all whilst dressed in full costume!

You’ll need to have lots of energy and a love for all things Christmas. Our ideal candidate will be outgoing and friendly, comfortable speaking with children of all ages, reliable, able to provide outstanding customer service and will stay in character throughout the festivities. Experience in theatrics would be advantageous.

This is a seasonal role from 18th November to 24th December working every weekend in addition to days between 16th-24th December, 10am to 4.30pm.
If you’ve got the Christmas spirit that we are looking for, please complete our Application Form and send it to or alternatively, send in by post to: Human Resources, Knowsley Safari, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AN.

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