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 2021 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 on positive guest engagement, being respectful and welcoming, understanding and empathetic and relies on you using your initiative to enhance their experience.

This won’t be 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 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 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, 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: You will receive a pre-screening interview before being invited to our next interview day.

 COVID-19 related guidance dependent.

Celebrating our 50th year in 2021, we are the leading paid for visitor attraction in the city region, we attract over 600,000 guests each year, and we recently won the 2020 large visitor attraction award in the Liverpool City region! We do amazing work to inspire and connect our communities with the natural world for the benefit of future generation through our enthusiastic and expert people. 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! We are investing in our Keeping team and growing by three new posts. Having recently introduced an animal grading structure that focuses on the development of the individuals who work with us, we are now looking for several experienced Keepers as below. 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


How to apply

Our Keeper application form can be downloaded here, and must be submitted along with your CV to

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 10 October 2021.


Please feel free to read through the grading criteria below so that when a position becomes available you can apply for the Keeper role that best suits your skills and experience.


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 currently recruiting for two Father Christmas’ to deliver a magical experience to our guests. You will join our wonderful team of elves and event staff for our Christmas event, Enchanted.

This is a temporary contract from 19th November until 24 December 2021.

Flexibility is required for the duration of the contract. A rota will be provided based on your availability. Weekends and evening work will be required and occasional midweek days.

This post is subject to a successful DBS check.



The Recruitment Pack for this role which includes more information along with the job description and person specification can be downloaded here.



Please send your CV to by the closing date of 30 September 2021.


Interviews will be held on 4 October 2021.

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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