Gardening Vacancy (Maternity Cover)

An opportunity has arisen to work in a unique horticultural environment, maintaining and developing the extensive gardens that enhance our visitors’ experience at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Set within 160 acres of mature parkland and a walled garden, ornamental beds are planted to create a sense of the animals’ natural habitats, from African grasslands to arid desert, as well as traditional herbaceous borders. Seasonal bedding schemes are a particular feature and include traditional Spring planting, followed by vibrant, tender ‘exotics’ for a stunning mid to late Summer display.

We are seeking a gardener to cover Maternity Leave for 3 days a week, on a fixed-term contract concluding 30th November 2022. The role will involve a variety of horticultural tasks as part of the gardens team, with some areas of sole responsibility.  A minimum of 12 months practical experience in Amenity Horticulture is required and an understanding of working in a busy visitor attraction.

If this opportunity appeals to you, please forward a Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter, stating your suitability for this role, to using the subject heading ‘Gardens Vacancy (Maternity Cover)’.

Closing date: 12th December 2021

Hygiene Assistant

A position has arisen for an assistant on our busy Hygiene Department.

  • The role includes cleaning and preparing all public facilities prior to opening to our visitors.
  • Candidates should ideally have experience of commercial cleaning, although full training will be given.
  • Applicants must be aged over 21 years for insurance reasons and hold a full, clean UK driving licence.
  • You will be expected to work 21-30 hours per week, which will include weekends.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to

Education Volunteer

The Museum is due to reopen on the 21st June 2021 and therefore an opportunity has arisen at the Wildlife Park to join the Education Department as a volunteer. We are looking for volunteers to help welcome visitors to our on-site museum. You will help to facilitate activities, such as object handling, trails, answering questions and keeping resources stocked.

The museum will be open to the public at weekends and school holidays. If you have a keen interest in animal anatomy, classification and animal adaptations and have a few hours to spare, please come and join us. You will enjoy welcoming, meeting and talking to people of all ages and backgrounds, and be confident interacting with everyone from families to VIP guests. Enthusiasm for the collections is more important than expertise.

Please click here to download the full volunteer description.

To apply please contact: Helen Hitchman – Education and Activities Coordinator
Telephone: 01993 825 707 or email:

Catering staff

We are seeking a full-time person to join our team within the Restaurant / Catering department.

Key skills required:

  • Excellent customer service and communication
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure and multi task
  • Thrive on responsibility
  • An interest in food preparation / presentation / food hygiene
  • Team player
  • Able to follow instruction and use own initiative when required
  • Smart appearance and presentation

To apply please email your CV & covering letter to:

There are no vacancies for keeping staff to work with the animals either now or in the foreseeable future. 

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens