Be part of the Drusillas Park team and work in a varied, fun and friendly environment!


In early January we start our main recruitment campaign to employ staff on a casual basis to work throughout our busy periods; primarily weekends, bank holidays and school holidays with the possibility of some additional work mid-week through the summer months. We look to take on Team Assistants to help out in retail, catering, admissions and attractions operation. None of these roles have any involvement with the animals. 

Our recruitment campaign begins at the very start of each year to enable us to be fully staffed and ready for our first two busy periods, the February and Easter holidays. 

Permanent roles and other casual roles that may become vacant throughout the year will be listed below.

Deputy Head Keeper

We are seeking a confident, outgoing, Deputy Head Keeper with a minimum of four years’ experience working for a zoo or in a similar animal environment.  An outgoing personality and the ability to communicate effectively with work colleagues and the general public (including undertaking keeper talks) are essential.  Applicants must have a full driving license and a car, and also hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals or similar.  For information about the animals at Drusillas please see our Animal Gallery website page. We offer a competitive annual salary, subsidised lunches and a sensible relocation package.  For an application form please contact Sue Woodgate, Zoo Manager 01323 874110.

Casual Staff

We currently have vacancies for part time, casual staff to work in our Catering and Operations departments at weekends and during the school holidays. These positions offer a great opportunity to work in a fun and friendly environment with competitive rates of pay and perks. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.   The joining rates of pay per hour for this role are £5 for 16-17 year olds, £5.55 for 18-20 year olds, £6.95 for 21-24 year olds and £7.20 for those 25 years and over.

Catering Assistants

Working in our 5 food and drink outlets.  Duties will include serving visitors, clearing tables, tidying the seating areas and washing up.  This role is mainly based indoors and suits those with a keen eye for detail who enjoy the hustle and bustle.

Playland Assistants

These members of the team spend most of the day outdoors and therefore you need to be prepared to brave the elements in all weathers.  The main tasks are to operate our many attractions such as the Hello Kitty and Thomas rides and the extra activities like the climbing wall and inflatable slide.  The rest day is spent tidying up and keeping the place looking spick-and-span.  Jobs include picking up litter, emptying bins and sweeping up.

If you would like to apply for either of these casual positions then please complete this Application Form by hand and return it by post or email to  If posting the form please take care to use the correct postage stamps for the size and weight of the envelope to ensure that it will be delivered.


We are currently looking for volunteers to supervise our walk-through enclosures; Lemurland, Lory Landing and our bats and sloths as well as our touch tables of animal artefacts.  Minimum age 16, must be confident at speaking to the public. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please email


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Drusillas believes in the training and development of all our staff and we are proud to be an ‘Investor in People’.









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