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Emerald Park Zoo is looking to recruit an experienced zookeeper to join our growing animal collection. Located just 30 minutes from Dublin, Emerald Park opened its doors in 2010 and continues to be one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, with over 700,000 guests per year. We are proud members of BIAZA and EAZA and currently participate in 20 ESB & EEPs. It is an exciting time as we plan our future growth and regeneration of our zoo.

Reports to: Senior Zookeepers

Permanent role 45 hours on average   

Emerald Park Zoo   


Role & responsibilities

  • Routine cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures.
  • Preparation and distribution of diets.
  • Monitoring and reporting physiological and behavioural changes in the animals.
  • Routine husbandry tasks handling and training animals.
  • Engaging with guests and promoting the conservation partners Emerald Park supports.

Working conditions

  • Rotating roster with a variable number of weekends per year.
  • 20 days annual leave.
  • Salary €29,000 per year.

Minimum requirements – experience & education

  • 5+ years paid experience working in an accredited zoological collection.
  • Secondary education and / or, if successful, is willing to complete DMZAA within the first two years of working at Emerald Park.

Preferred requirements – experience & education

  • Experience working and training domestic hoof stock, birds, and / or small mammals.
  • Experience working in diverse teams.
  • Tertiary level education (has already completed DMZAA, or, if successful, is willing to complete it within the first two years of working at Emerald Park).

Required skills

  • Committed to their ongoing learning and development.
  • Resilience and patience to work as part of a diverse team.
  • Efficient time management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Physical requirements

  • High levels of physical activity, strength, stamina, and / or endurance are required for this job.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

If you feel you have the qualities to succeed in this role then apply with your C.V and a cover letter in confidence to Emerald Park by email at jobs@emeraldpark.ie by 5pm on the 11th of February 2024.

Only successful applicants will be contacted for interview.