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Job Vacancy – Centre Manager, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Full-time, permanent position.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a small zoo based in rural Cumbria with a strong focus on education and conservation. It is a BIAZA member and is actively involved in a number of endangered species breeding programmes. It houses a wide diversity of species as well as having an onsite café and gift shop.

This role will involve overall responsibility for the day to day running of the institution, managing a small team of dedicated keepers, café staff and volunteers. The applicant will ensure that welfare standards are met for all species, as well as striving to fulfil the aims of The Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated individual who will be a good team leader, able to show initiative and have a positive outlook. The successful applicant will have a hands on animal husbandry role as well as administrative responsibilities including risk assessments, rota preparation and marketing. Experience working in a similar senior zoo management role would be beneficial. Suitable applicants must be well organised and have at least two years previous experience in a zoo setting, working with a range of taxa. The job entails a 40 hour 5-day working week including weekend rotas.


  • An animal science related qualification (DMZAA or degree level)
  • Knowledge of current zoo licensing regulations
  • Knowledge and experience with risk assessments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literacy (ZIMS experience desirable)
  • Experience of managing a team including volunteers
  • Ability to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment
  • Physically fit for the demands of the role
  • Full UK driving licence

If you would like the opportunity to join our team please send your CV and cover letter to mail@wildlifeoasis.co.uk by Sunday 8th April 2018.

Upcoming Events

British Science Week – Discovery and Exploration – 17th & 18th March

Join us for a weekend of discovery and exploration. We’ll be encouraging you to explore both Lakeland Wildlife Oasis and the natural world around you.
We’ll be joined by a number of other organisations during the weekend.

17th March


Science Hunters – engages children of all ages with science using the popular computer game Minecraft. They learn about scientific concepts and University research and try out some hands-on demonstrations before building their own related creations in the game, more information can be found here Science Hunters


18th March


Weekend & Holiday Talks!

Dont forget our weekend and school holiday (Cumbria and Lancashire) talks are all free to attend

11:30 – Reptile talk and handling in the Tropical Hall
12:00 – Lemur feed at the lemur enclosure
1:00 – Meerkat feed at the meerkat enclosure
2:30 – Bug talk and handling in the Butterfly Hall
3:00 – Snow leopard talk at the snow leopard enclosure
3:30 – Reptile talk and handling in the Tropical Hall