Vacancies at Knowsley Safari

Current job roles and staff benefits


If you are looking for a career where you would be part of an organisation 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.


Positions Available

Discovery Officer

A wonderful opportunity has risen for a Discovery Officer to join our growing learning team.

This role will lead our community education provision. This aspect of our work includes working with under -privileged groups such as young carers, promoting careers and aspirations within the local area and running programs which aim to improved health and wellbeing for people of all ages.

The post also involves promoting conservation and behaviour change initiatives with guests on and off site. This includes our schools ‘Roadshow’ provision and touch tables, talks and events at the park.

Our mission is to connect communities with the natural world for the benefit of future generations and this role will help to deliver this through supporting, developing and growing new partnerships taking our Safari based initiatives and messages out into the community, into schools and universities and to external organisations.

We’re looking for a bubbly, energetic, highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills, who has an interest in wildlife and conservation issues with the enthusiasm to share this with others.

Minimum 2 years’ experience in a delivery based role required (including in zoos, schools, youth organisations)

You will be expected to work flexibly working annualised hours in line with the seasonality of the business. This will include weekends and bank holidays.


For more information on the role, please download our recruitment pack here.



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

Please click here for application form.


The closing date for applications is Friday 17th May 2019.

Interviews for this role will be held on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Please note that if you have been shortlisted, we will aim to communicate with you via your email address shortly after the closing date. Due to the expected number of applications for this position we will only be contacting those shortlisted for interview.

HR Administrator (Maternity Cover)

We’re looking for an HR Administrator to join our busy HR department to provide first class professional, confidential HR administrative support and assistance for a period of maternity cover.


For further information about the role, along with job description and person specification, please see the Recruitment Pack which can be downloaded here.


We ask that you email us your CV along with our application form, which can be found here, should you wish to apply for the position.


The application period will close on Thursday 2nd May 2019 and interviews are expected to take place w/c  13th May 2019.

Seasonal Positions

Guest Services Team Members

If you’re interested in working in a fun, vibrant and totally different environment unlike any other then becoming part of our 2019 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.

This isn’t just any normal interview, this is an audition.

We want personalities who are fun and engaging with our guests and who are determined to deliver each and every guest a wonderful experience, leaving them with memories which 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;
  3. Proactive

If you answered yes to all these talents, then you could be joining our guest engagement and customer services 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, school holidays and evenings.

How to Apply

If you think that you are the ideal 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:

Our next recruitment day will be held before Easter so apply now to express your interest.

Internships & Work Experience

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.

At this time we only offer the following two work experience / internship programmes and are therefore unfortunately unable to accommodate any other requests that do not meet the criteria or commitment as outlined below. Please read the following information carefully, along with the pages linked that provide more information about the internships below before emailing or applying.

Programme Days Per Week Commitment Application Period More Information
Animal Team Internship (Student Keepers) 5 (Full-Time) 1 Year Closed Click Here
Learning & Discovery Summer Placement Varied Varied 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.

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 assessment.


  • 31 days’ annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays) increasing with service;
  • Access to a generous pension scheme;
  • Complimentary tickets to Knowsley Safari including ride wristbands for any children;
  • Free entry to affiliated zoo’s and collections through BIAZA;
  • Discounts on a range of products and services offered by the Estate;
  • Investment from us into you and your role;
  • Childcare vouchers;
  • Cycle to Work scheme;
  • Free car parking;
  • Free uniform for applicable roles;
  • Long service awards;
  • Staff social events such as the Summer BBQ and Christmas tea party.
  • 10 x complimentary tickets to Knowsley Safari including ride wristbands for any children;
  • Free entry to affiliated zoo’s and collections through BIAZA;
  • Discounts on a range of products and services offered by the Estate;
  • Investment from us into you and your role;
  • Free car parking;
  • Free uniform;
  • Staff social events such as the Summer BBQ.


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