Zoo recruit sought in Belfast

Published Thursday, 19 December 2013
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If you fancy mixing it with the monkeys and want to become a roaring success with the lions then Belfast Zoo just might have a position for you.

The zoo in the north of the city has launched a hunt to find a new zookeeper to look after its 1,500 residents.

Duties include feeding, cleaning and caring for the animals and for some it could be a dream come true to take up the reins and care for the animals on a full-time basis.

Nick Simpson Eyre from the zoo said: "To me it is the best job in the world. I have tried other things and have always been drawn back to being a zookeeper.

"It is such a varied day, no two days are ever the same."

While it may not be your typical day job, the role does have a serious side.

Nick added: "It has got to be someone who is passionate, caring and hard-working.

"Yes we do get to spend time with the animals but it is 90% work and 10% spending time with the animals. But that 10% we do get is always magic.

"The job has changed so much, it's not just about cuddling the animals, there is conservation, education and research into the animals' behaviour as well to consider."

Closing date for entries is 9 January and the successful candidate can expect a salary of between £19,000 and £21,000.

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joy mcmullan in glengormley wrote (120 days ago):
this would be a so rewarding job...Happy Christmas to all
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