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Logo: Zoological Society of LondonZoo Horticulturalist (Full-Time / Permanent)

Salary: £24,904 p.a (Inclusive of London Weighting) plus Comprehensive Benefits

Location: ZSL London Zoo – NW1


About Us:


We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife.


Overview of role:


ZSL is seeking a Zoo Horticulturalist to support the Horticulture team at ZSL London Zoo in fulfilling the horticultural requirements of the site and optimising its potential. Specifically, you will deal with tasks that enhance visitor engagement, assist animal management and deliver biodiversity conservation.


The role will:


  • Maintain and develop visitor areas and exhibits to agreed horticultural standards.
  • Carry out horticultural tasks that support animal management in optimising animal welfare opportunities.
  • Carry out horticultural tasks to optimise the site’s biodiversity value and function through appropriate habitat management.
  • Actively support ZSL’s efforts to protect the environment and operate sustainably.
  • Supervise apprentices, volunteers and work placements as required.


Ideally the successful candidate will:


  • A valid full driving licence is essential.
  • A qualification to Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture (or equivalent), countryside management or similar land-based sector is desired.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Awareness and interest in conservation and sustainable practices, and a desire to learn.
  • Accredited certification in the use of machinery such as hedge trimmers, brush cutters, mowers and other equipment is desired.
  • Good plant knowledge.
  • Knowledge and an understanding of current health and safety legislation.
  • Sound literacy, numeracy and IT skills.


Please note: The successful applicant must be willing to learn and needs to be a good communicator, both orally and in writing. He/she must be capable of meeting the position’s physical demands and is expected to work outside in all weather conditions.


Benefit Package:


This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more.


To Apply:


Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.


Please click here for further information and to apply


Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 1st September 2019.


The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728. 



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