Could this be your dream job?

The pandemic has meant that companies are making job cuts, with more and more people facing redundancy. However, Chester Zoo is looking for the newest member of their team who can look after the zoo’s parrots and penguins.

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🐘🐢 SAVE OUR ZOO 🦁🐧 As the UK’s biggest and most popular charity zoo, we’ve tried to stay positive during this pandemic. Our conservationists have continued to prevent extinction, our virtual days have cheered up the nation, and our learning resources have helped thousands of home-schooling families. We wanted to remain a beacon of hope. We really tried. – But now, as the government has ordered that we may have to stay closed indefinitely, it hurts us to say that this crisis has left us fighting for our future. – Not being able to open, despite being a huge outdoor site with all the necessary safety measures in place, is having a devastating impact on our much-loved zoo. We’re heading towards debt in excess of £24m by the end of 2020 – this will financially cripple us. We need to raise £1.6m each month to keep going. – Meanwhile, we’re having to sit back and watch as people are piling onto beaches and into public parks, where there is no way of controlling numbers, no way of guaranteeing people are socially distanced and no way of ensuring safety. We, can do all of this. We look on as, from this week, private gardens open up, while our own 128 acres of gardens and 16km of pathways remain closed, and under enormous financial pressure. We REFUSE to cut corners when it comes to caring for the animals ❤️ We REFUSE to give up on our fight to prevent extinction 🌎 And because of that, we’ve now reached the point where we desperately NEED YOUR HELP 🙏 We need you to SAVE OUR ZOO… LINK IN BIO ❤️🙏

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The job role will be based within the Bird Team and will involve maintaining the day-to-day care of species including passerines, pigeons, cassowaries, penguins and parrots! Some of these species have been mentioned in their documentary series ‘The Secret Life of the Zoo’ on Channel 4, so you may feel like you know them already!

While spending 40 hours a week in the zoo hanging out with the animals sounds like a sweet deal, not just anyone can apply for the job. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the zoo needs you to have a HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science. They also need you to have some experience in caring for birds – not via the TV screen unfortunately!

However, if this sounds like it could be for you, the role is salaried at £21,934.33 a year, and has a wide range of employee benefits on offer – although just spending the day with some amazing creatures would be payment enough!

Applications close 28th September 2020 at midday, so put your best flipper forward and make the most of this opportunity.

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