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6-12 month Internship

Department: Animal


Responsible to: Senior Keeper/Team Leader /Head Keeper

Grade: Intern

Full-Time/Part-Time: Part or Full Time

Seasonal/Temporary/Permanent: 6-12 month

Closing Date: 02/12/16


We have two exciting internship opportunities that have risen at the HCC. We are looking for highly motivated and committed applicants to join our animal team for one 6 month and one 12 month placements.

The placements themselves are practical but do contain a theoretical element, whether this be through set tasks, workshops or research project work.

The placements are demanding, however previous interns have found them incredibly rewarding schemes that offers the availability to progress your practical skills whilst in a working zoological collection.

The Placements:

6 or 12 month duration (holiday allowance included).

Successful applicants will be assigned animal sections and be working under the direction of senior staff.

In addition to standard husbandry duties, interns will receive training 'on the job' with the husbandry of the species they will be working with, and all computer software, relevant to the running of the animal collection.

There will be taught workshops, tasks or research project work which will fall in line with your rota.

This is a 3 or 5 day per week and physically demanding position. Hours of work are from 8am-5pm daily, working on a three-weekly rota, which may include weekends and bank holidays.

The positions would suit a candidate that has recently graduated with an animal related qualification wishing to gain first hand experience or alternatively the 12 month option can be combined with a 'sandwich year' of your university course. If the latter is desirable, please make this apparent in your application.

We are unfortunately not able to offer wages or salary for the placement. We will provide a full uniform for days that you are in attendance. However, we do offer practical training which together with the workshops/tasks and project work - covering a wide range of zoo related topics, provides significant insight in to the functioning of a growing zoological collection, the aim of which is to promote your future employability.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter (including personal statement) to

Please note that we will not be able to individually reply to every application.

Successful applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.

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