Work Experience

Here at Hamerton Zoo Park we run a Work Experience program aimed at students undertaking a college course or university degree in an animal related subject e.g. Zoology. We hope that this work based program will provide students with an insight into the running and management of a busy zoo.

Zoo keeping is a very physical job, and you are expected to work in all weather conditions. It is also a relatively low paid job, but can be extremely rewarding for the right person.

Block placement – 5 days a week

  • 16 years or over
  • Minimum of 4 weeks / min 150 hours
  • Monday-Friday (including bank holidays) 8.30-5.30
  • A 2 week probation period (we reserve the right to terminate any work experience during this time)

Day placement – 1 or 2 days per week

  • 16 years or over
  • Minimum of 20 days / min 150 hours
  • Monday-Friday (including bank holidays) 8.30-5.30
  • Must be able to commit to 1 or more days a week, 2 or more absents without good reason may result in the termination of your work experience

All students are required to attend a trial day which will include an interview. Trial days take place on a day that is convenient for you and will take a whole working day, from 8.30-5.30.

If you're interested, please download the work experience application below, complete your details and then email it to

Please note: We cannot provide payment for any work experience, travel costs or other fees incurred and currently we do not have accommodation available.