Chester Zoo Conservation and Engagement Trainees Kickstart Placements

We’re looking for young people 16 – 24 receiving Universal Credit interested in conservation and wildlife to take part in our Conservation and Engagement Trainee Kickstart placements.

Working 35 hours a week at a competitive trainee rate, you’ll be supporting us to create a 10 mile Nature Corridor for wildlife in Cheshire over a 12 month period. You’ll be working alongside our Community Engagement team, learning from zoo experts and you’ll be part of a world renowned conservation charity.

You will need a DWP referral in order to apply for this role. Please get in touch with your job coach for further information. You will find the trainee description below, please fill out and submit the applicant questions using our online form below. If you’d like this in a different format, please email

Placement Description  Online Application Form


We offer two internship options:

Three Month Internship Programme
One Year Internship Programme

Both involve working with our animal keeping sections on a voluntary basis.

All those doing work placement with the animal teams must be at least 18 years old so our internships are best suited to those taking a gap-year between A-Levels / National Diploma and further studies, sandwich placements or those who have already graduated from university or college, preferably having studied in a related subject.

These internships are also open to a limited number of industrial placement students, as well as to those who will have completed their undergraduate studies.

Recruitment for our one-year internships will commence in Feburary 2022, for the September 2022 – September 2023 intake of interns.


We also offer industrial placements for undergraduate students studying for a degree with a year in industry (sandwich degree courses). These are placed within our Science or Field Programmes teams and involve undertaking a main research project during the 12-month placement.

Please note: no direct animal contact takes place during the Science and Field Programme teams’ Industrial Placements. We cannot accommodate any further placements or work experience. And all placements are voluntary and unpaid.

The deadline for our 2022 industrial placements has now ended.


We’re happy to welcome a limited number of year 10 students to complete their work experience placement at Chester Zoo!

The placement provides a taster of our commercial operations teams as students rotate around our Food & Beverage, Operations, Retail, Admissions and Membership & Adoptions teams.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer placements within the animal teams.

We work with MPLOY Solutions to arrange the placements, and as spaces are limited we are only able to offer places to students at local schools who work with MPLOY.

All applications must be submitted via the schools – we can’t accept any applications via email or telephone.

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