Staff Vacancies

Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales, Colwyn Bay is recruiting a –

Head Keeper

The National Zoological Society of Wales is a registered charity (no. 514108) that owns and runs the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales in Colwyn Bay, UK. This is a medium-sized progressive zoo which opened in 1963 and is situated in North Wales in one of the UK’s most beautiful places to live and work. The Zoo embraces modern conservation thinking and strives for high standards in all departments. It is a member of BIAZA, EAZA, WAZA and Species360.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales is looking for a Head Animal Keeper who will answer to the Animal Collection Manager and the Director of Living Collections and have supervisory responsibility over all animal keepers.

The successful candidate must:

  • have a minimum of 10 years zoo animal experience covering a varied range of taxa.
  • be qualified to at least DMZAA level or equivalent
  • have experience of training and managing staff
  • have excellent references

Preferred but not essential characteristics include:

  • a natural science degree
  • good working knowledge of ZIMS
  • animal training and presentation experience

The successful candidate will be required to live on site (a rent-free one-room cottage is available).

For further details, a full job description and application form please email or telephone 01492 532938 ext.3 (Office Hours 09.00 – 17.00).

The closing date for applications will be 17.00 on Monday 11th February 2019. A short list of candidates will be drawn up and offered an interview date between 18th and 23rd February 2019.



We are currently accepting applications for Volunteers in the following departments:

  • Animal Department
  • Grounds and Gardens Department
  • Fundraising
  • Education Department

For more information on Volunteering Opportunities please contact the Education Officer:

For an application form, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
The Education Officer, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, LL28 5UY

Please note the following Work Experience Placement Weeks are currently available: