Jobs And Volunteering


Here you will find all our current vacancies as well as detailed information about our volunteering and work experience opportunities.


Current vacancies

Zoo keeper – Reptiles


Renumeration £21,700 p/a


Crocodiles of the World, Oxfordshire OX18


Shift – As per rota.

This post is for a highly motivated person, who is practical and hard working.

This role will suite a fit, practical person who can work during all weather conditions (particularly hot and humid) doing a physically demanding job.

To start ASAP.

Crocodiles of the World is the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo and boasts the largest collection of crocodiles and alligators in the UK, and one of the most significant collections in the world. Dedicated to their conservation, the zoo aims to inspire and educate visitors about these fascinating animals. With daily talks, feeding and animal encounters this busy tourist attraction provides a unique experience to get closer to crocodiles in a safe, fun and educational environment. The zoo also has a large reptile department housing a variety of species like crocodiles, Galapagos tortoises, emerald tree boas and Komodo dragon.

We are currently looking to recruit, a highly motivated person, who is practical and hard working to join our award winning team. This role will suite a fit, practical person who can work during all weathers doing a physically demanding job.

Please note: The zoo is open 7 days a week and so weekend work will be required as per the shift. It is also worth noting that there will be minimal crocodile husbandry requirements within this role as the reptile department is separate from the crocodile department.

Your role will include


Your primary focus will be the care of our reptiles. This will encompass food preparation, feeding and cleaning.

You will be responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of the animals, monitoring health issues and improving their enclosures to provide behavioural enrichment.

You will take instruction from the senior zoo keepers and curator, working to priorities to achieve the best animal welfare.

Exhibit design and maintenance:

You will be required to assist in the day-to-day maintenance of exhibits so you will use small tools and do general DIY functions.

You will have input into exhibit design and building to provide the highest standards on animal care and efficiency of operations.

Record keeping:

You will help to keep animal records to meet all zoo legislation. You will follow all procedures on safe practice and hygiene regulations and records.


Internal Communications:

You will play a key role in the Keeper team and as such attend all staff meetings and produce any required reports. You will be expected to play a positive and helpful role in developing a happy productive team working towards common objectives.


Health and Safety:

You will be required to support your line manager to ensure that Crocodiles of the World’s Safety arrangements are effective, consistent and well documented.


Customer Care & animal talks

Crocodiles of the World’s ultimate success will depend on the value we can deliver to our visitors. This role will include daily public animal feeds and keeper experiences and helping to organise events. Above all this will be fostering a customer focused attitude within the keeper team.


Conservation Projects

You will be required to look after animals in our captive breeding programmes.


Skills, Knowledge & Experience


The post-holder must have two years’ experience working with reptiles. They will be mature in outlook, confident, hardworking, and practical. Common sense and the ability to concentrate and prioritise on the essentials of a task will be key elements of your personality. You will need to be prepared to work through peak times in what is a seasonal business.

  • A minimum work history of two years of paid employment, working with a range of relevant species, in a zoo or wildlife park.
  • Reptile husbandry and breeding.
  • An understanding of animal management.
  • Experience of captive animal husbandry.
  • The ability and desire to enhance and develop your knowledge.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Must be a team player with the ability to multi-task.
  • Driving licence
  • A genuine love of reptiles


Experience in these areas is desirable; you must be able to demonstrate recent practical experience in many of the below.

  • Reptile husbandry and breeding.
  • Animal records and ZIMS.
  • Practical building work and construction.
  • Experience giving public talks & demonstrations.
  • Health and safety systems.
  • A relevant animal qualification.

Other Considerations

  • The post is advertised as a full time position.
  • Appointment will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

Employment Package

Normal working hours are a 40 hours per week average over the year. Normal working hours will be from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm with a lunch break of an hour each day. Your monthly pay will reflect the hours you work.

Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to work bank holidays, weekends.

Appointments are subject to confirmation after a six-month probation period.


If you’d like to join our dedicated and passionate team, please send your CV which must contain the following information:

  • Name, address, contact phone numbers at home and work (for discreet calls only)
  • Employment history
  • Educational history

You should include a covering letter and statement of the relevant skills and experience that you believe you will bring to the job, paying careful attention to the requirements of the job outlined above.

You should give two referees to whom we can turn for a confidential reference, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. References will only be taken up for those candidates chosen for interview or, with regard to current employer, on offer of contract.

Applications should be sent to

The closing date for applications is 12/09/2023

Interview & Selection Procedure

Interviews and selection tests will be held at Crocodiles of the World by arrangement during the following two weeks after the closing date for applications. The interview may involve working alongside our keepers for a trial.

If you’d like to join our dedicated and passionate team, please send your CV and a brief covering letter to

Interested in volunteering at the zoo?

Volunteers can make a real difference to the success of a charity. Our Crocodiles of the World volunteers support our paid staff and help us provide our excellent, award-winning visitor experience.

Whether you’re passionate about crocodiles, reptiles, wildlife or conservation in general, or just want to help out, we’d like to hear from you. Our education aims and conservation commitment can really benefit from your enthusiasm.

Volunteers work to support our education, visitor team, garden and grounds, and even fundraising staff.

*It’s important to understand that volunteers will NOT be working with the animals at all.


Are You Who We’re Looking For?

  • We are not looking for animal experts, sorry, rather people who are enthusiastic about wildlife and conservation.
  • Are you confident and friendly? Comfortable speaking with our guests?
  • Are you reliable and able to support us with regular attendance?
  • We’re a bit tricky to get to by public transport, so are you able to get here yourself?
  • Do you want to learn more about zoos, wildlife and conservation?
  • Are you over 18 years old? Young or old, we’re interested.


Click here to download our Volunteer Interest Form.


Please send completed forms to:


Head of Education

Crocodiles of the World

Burford Road, Brize Norton OX18 3NX


Or email to:

Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering

We have a number of opportunities for school students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.


Volunteering for this scheme requires just an hour or two of volunteering per week for a limited time. Therefore, tasks are quite simple and include cleaning, sweeping, preparing the visitor areas around the crocodile enclosures and other activities that can be carried out quickly and with minimal supervision. Students still get to work next to crocodile enclosures, so this is something quite different than many volunteer opportunities!


To apply for the opportunities, download our COTW Volunteer Interest Form, and once completed, send to:


Head of Education

Crocodiles of the World

Burford Road, Brize Norton

OX18 3NX


Or email to:


Note that there may be a delay in commencing your volunteering, as we get many students enquiring about D of E volunteering.

Work Experience

Crocodiles of the World welcomes work experience students. Many schools require students to arrange work experience. College students studying Animal Management must undertake work placements, as do university students studying zoology, veterinary medicine and related fields. We prioritise students already studying animal-related courses at college and university, with limited availability for school students.


As a fully accredited member of BIAZA, our zoo offers a great opportunity to not only get those necessary placements, but to learn what it really is like to work in a zoo, along with gaining knowledge of how zoos carry out conservation education and contribute to conservation projects for wildlife.


Animal husbandry, veterinary treatments, food preparation, zoo and conservation education, visitor experience, gardens and maintenance – all are areas open to gain experience for students.


Since crocodilians are our focal animals and naturally attract some interest in students, it’s very important that you understand that students will not be working directly with any crocodiles or alligators.


When you apply for one of the limited vacancies we make available each year, you can select to work with:


  • Animal Team
  • Education Team
  • Visitor Team


We fill up quickly each year, so the sooner your application is received, the better the chance that you will secure your placement for the dates you require.


To Apply:


  1. Download our Work Experience Application Form here
  2. Complete the form
  3. Send it back to:


Head of Education

Crocodiles of the World

Burford Road, Brize Norton

OX18 3NX


Or email to:


We aim to process your form within 5 working days of receiving it.


If you need further information or have specific questions, please email our Education Team at the email above.




We have no more vacancies for the 2023-24 academic year, sorry.


If your enquiry is for the 2024-25 academic year, please contact our Head of Education on the address above.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please read our FAQ page which may have the information you need. If you need any further assistance or have queries regarding your visit, please contact us.