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Car Park Assistants

Closing date: 14/08/23

  • Salary/Rate per hour: Age related pay
  • Full-time/Part-time: Part-time
  • Seasonal/fixed term/permanent: Fixed Term

About us:

Wild Planet Trust is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK. We own two zoos in south west England, plus two local nature reserves and a National Nature Reserve. We support conservation in the United Kingdom and overseas using funds generated by the people who visit the zoos and the expertise and dedication of our staff.

Paignton Zoo first opened its doors as the Torbay Zoological Gardens in 1923. Almost 100 years later, our site, and work, has grown considerably and we are now one of the South West’s largest conservation organisations and top visitor attractions. There are over 230 species of animal that call Paignton Zoo home. As well as being a zoo, we’re also a botanical garden with over 4,000 species on record.

We have an exciting opportunity for Car Park Assistants to join our Visitor Experience team on a fixed term contract for our 2023 season. Working hours will vary over a 7 day rota, including weekends and bank holidays. Hours will be variable to meet the demands of the business and our opening times. The pay for this position is National Minimum Wage.

What will this role involve?

You’ll play a key role in the overall experience of our visitors and will be the face of the Wild Planet Trust for every visitor that meets you as they arrive and explore the zoo. If you are a friendly, outgoing person who enjoys meeting people and working in an amazing environment this could be the perfect opportunity for you. You will be welcoming guests as they arrive in our car park, helping them to park and directing them to the main entrance.

What skills and experience are required?

Good customer service skills are essential as well as being able to work as part of a team, communicate and problem solve in a logical manner.

Benefits of joining our team include:

  • 33 days paid holiday pro-rata (inclusive of Bank Holidays)
  • Company sick pay
  • Branded uniform provided (as required)
  • Relevant internal and external training provided
  • Free entry to our zoos for staff and immediate family
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
  • Free staff parking
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Discounts Platform
  • Access to Headspace Premium App

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date. We would encourage you to submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 4 weeks of submitting their application. We are only able to provide individual feedback to those candidates who are successful through to the interview stage.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

To apply for this role, please email a CV and Covering Letter to the People Services Team: [email protected]