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Chester Zoo is hiring lots of roles including one looking after penguins and parrots

Here’s how you can apply

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Chester Zoo is hiring for a number of different staff roles, including a job looking after parrots and penguins, and here’s how to apply.

If you love animals and would love to look after them on a daily basis, this could be the dream role for you. Aspiring zoo keepers could be in with the chance of working at one of the UK’s most visited wildlife attractions.

Around 2 million visitors step through the doors at Chester zoo each year to see the 27,000 animals at its huge site in Cheshire.

The popular conservation zoo is now hiring for a number of roles, with one that requires employees to work with parrots and penguins.

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Employees are offered some excellent perks including a staff pass so you can visit the zoo on their days off and receive multiple complimentary tickets so you can bring along your friends and family. You also get 33 days of holiday per year. Here are the roles available at the zoo:

Keeper – parrots and penguins

Keepers will be involved in the day-to-day care and husbandry of a wide range of bird species, including parrots, penguins, passerines, hornbills and pheasants.

Qualifications: A HND or Degree level qualification in a zoological-related science or equivalent experience.

Hours: The role requires the successful candidate to work 40 hours per week and it is a fixed term three-month contract.

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Pay: £24,632.63 per year.

Apply HERE.

Events assistant manager

The events assistant manager will be responsible for the daily management of the food and beverage team working across all event spaces at the zoo, including the wedding events venue ’The Square’.

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The role requires you to work a variety of shifts including days and evenings for events such as weddings and corporate functions.

Hours: 40 per week, five days out of seven on a rota basis including weekends and bank holidays.

Qualifications: event operations experience operating in a high volume business environment, at a mid-management level, preferably in a leading event destination.

Pay: £29,021.21 per year. Apply HERE.

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Security support officer

You will maintain the highest level of security at the zoo delivering proactive and effective prevention activities and emergency response. Conduct effective security tasks including surveillance, people searches, foot and mobile patrols during the day and night.

Successful candidates are expected to support the security team ensuring that regular reviews of security vulnerabilities are identified and highlighted, addressed or suitably mitigated and demonstrate a high level of competency in the use of security systems to maximise their operational benefit.

Hours: A minimum of 8 per week with up to 40 during busy periods.

Qualifications: previous experience in a similar role.

Pay: £10.98 per hour. Temporary contract until September 2023, with a possibility of this being extended. Apply HERE.

Horticulturist – projects

The horticulturist will be part of a team who develop and maintain a wide range of horticultural features and activities within Chester Zoo’s animal and plant division and the wider zoo environment. 

The horticulturist will landscape and plant animal enclosures and garden features, maintaining lawns, hedges, bedding displays, mature trees and the zoo’s newly created five-hectare nature reserve and browse areas at Woodside farm.

Qualifications: minimum NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture is desirable, and proven practical horticultural experience. PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates.

Hours: 40 hours per week, worked 10 days out of 14, including weekends and bank holidays as rostered.

Pay: £24,632.63. Apply HERE.

Community engagement manager

The community engagement manager is responsible for developing and managing the zoo’s work with communities, with a particular focus on audiences who are underrepresented in conservation, volunteering and on supporting conservation education work internationally.

You will work on projects both local to the zoo and internationally (mostly via remote means) in support of the zoo’s conservation work around the world.

Hours: 32 hours a week

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Pay: £32,886.29 per year. Temporary fixed term contract (13 months). Apply HERE.

Qualifications: Extensive experience developing community focused programmes and projects, preferably within an environmental education, conservation or similar organisation.

Multi-site food and beverage supervisor 

Description: You will be responsible for the zoo’s coffee shop and kiosk teams. You will have responsibility for the day-to-day running of two coffee shops, eight kiosks and over 10 pop up units and will be managing a team in excess of 70 during our busy summer period.

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You will run your units along with the support of your coordinator and under the supervision of the senior food and beverage team.

Hours: You’ll be working a variety of shifts, five days out of seven on a rota basis including weekends and bank holidays. Hours of work will generally be during our core zoo opening hours, although evening work will be required for special events such as ‘Into the night’ and ‘The Lanterns’.

Pay: Salary of £26,487.02 based on 40 hours. Apply HERE.

Qualifications: Demonstrable experience in a similar role, ideally with multi-site experience.

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Food and beverage coordinator

You will run your units along with the support of your coordinator and under the supervision of the senior food and beverage team.

Hours: You’ll be working a variety of shifts, five days out of seven on a rota basis including weekends and bank holidays. Hours of work will generally be during our core zoo opening hours, although evening work will be required for special events such as ‘Into the night’ and ‘The Lanterns’.

Pay: £22,844.02 based on 40 hours, plus paid overtime.

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Qualifications: Excellent verbal and written communication skills Apply HERE.

Food and beverage assistant/barista

The zoo is looking for an experienced barista to work in their South East Asian inspired House of Sumatra coffee shop, preparing and serving authentic Indonesian food and drinks.

Hours: Minimum 20 hours per week.

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Pay: £10.49 per hour. Flexible hours with a guaranteed 20 hours per week available.

Qualifications: Barista training, with experience of working in a coffee shop or venue serving hand crafted drinks. Apply HERE.

Chef de Partie

Under the direction of the sous chef and lead chef you will be responsible for your own section, preparing meals for a variety of events, including weddings and other special occasions, as well as large corporate functions and bespoke events.

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Hours: You’ll work 40 hours per week, five days out of seven.

Pay: £24,632.63 per annum, plus overtime

Qualifications: Previous chef experience, preferably gained in a leading British gastro-pub or events venue and Level 2 Food Safety qualification. Apply HERE.

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Sunak announces HS2 leg to Manchester to be scrapped


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Rishi Sunak announces at the Tory party conference that the Birmingham to Manchester leg of the HS2 is to be scrapped.

The Prime Minister made a key speech at the conference held in Manchester city centre where he confirmed the rail line will stop in Manchester but from Birmingham it will switch onto using the existing West Coast Mainline track.

This means the high speed route, to connect the north with the south, will no longer exist, effectively confirming days of speculation.


After being introduced by his wife, Akshata Murty, as a ‘wonderful father, my best friend, your prime minister’, Mr Sunak thanked both his wife and the audience.

Speaking live from Manchester, Mr Sunak called HS2 the ‘ultimate example of the old consensus’.

The Prime Minister then said he’s cancelling ‘the rest of the HS2 project’ – which means everything outside the London to Birmingham leg, and is currently under construction.

He then said he ‘will reinvest every single penny’ saved from HS2 – £36 billion pounds – into hundreds of new transport projects in the North and in the Midlands, as well as across the country.


He went on to say that the north would benefit from the new projects rather than HS2, saying he ‘challenges anyone to tell me with a straight face that all of that isn’t what the north really needs’.

Mr Sunak said: “With our new Network North, you will be able to get from Manchester to the new station in Bradford in 30 minutes, Sheffield in 42 minutes, and to Hull in 84 minutes on a fully, electrified line.”

He continued: “So those who wish to disagree with me, I respect that. But they should have the honesty to admit that they would now be cancelling the hundreds of alternative projects right across the country that people will benefit from instead.

“I think our plan is simply a better long term investment of £36 billion pounds of taxpayers money.” 


He also said that he will keep single bus fares capped at £2 ‘across the whole country’.

The prime minister added: “I say, to those who backed the project in the first place, the facts have changed. And the right thing to do when the facts change, is to have the courage to change direction.

The anticipated announcement came after defence secretary Grant Shapps suggested a change in HS2 plans was thanks to fewer people travelling into work and instead choosing to work from home, following the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has labelled the, now confirmed, decision as ‘disgraceful’.

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Gary Neville welcomes new £400m five-star hotel and residences to Manchester

The world famous W Hotel and W Residences will open in 2027

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Exciting first look images are revealed for the hugely anticipated £400 million five-star hotel and residency set to open in 2027.

Gary Neville’s Relentless Developments has announced the St Michael’s development, currently being built between Deansgate and Albert Square, will be bringing with it a world famous hotel brand

The St Michael’s plot, soon to be home to luxury W Hotels and W Residences, will be the first outside London and one of 20 around the world, in a major deal with Marriott International. 

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The glossy new arrival will see hotel-inspired living offered at St Michael’s 217 apartments, offering buyers the opportunity to purchase a permanent residence within Manchester’s most exclusive postcode. 

The iconic 41-storey tower will boast a 162-room hotel, with the tower also housing W Residences, a complex of 217 apartments which will be offered for sale from November, with occupancy also in 2027.

The live-in residences will also boast the facilities of the W Hotels, including 24-hour concierge (W’s whenever/wherever service), round-the-clock in-residence dining, laundry and dry cleaning, as well as the hotel’s gyms and other features.

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“W Hotel and W Residences are going to put the distinctive 41-storey tower that is No.2 St Michael’s on the global map,” said Neville, Director, Relentless Developments.

“There is no better home for W Hotel in the North of England than Manchester.

This is a bold city which continues to defy expectations and which embodies the same values of originality and passion that have made the W Hotel experience world-renowned. 

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“Situated alongside this, W Residences Manchester will be immersive, design-forward homes that will set a new standard in hotel-inspired living and massively raise the bar for city-centre home ownership.” 

“I’d like to thank Marriott International and our developer partner, Salboy, for seeing the potential in this scheme and remaining committed to our vision,” he added.

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Two Greater Manchester officers nominated for Pride of Britain Awards for acts of bravery

Incredible stories of bravery

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The two Police Constables shared their stories of bravery on TV this week, resulting in their Pride Of Britain This Morning Emergency Services Award nominations.

PC Amy Greenwood based in Bury and PC Paul Spinks from Trafford, went above and beyond their call of duty.

PC Greenwood’s nomination is for her actions during an incident on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. While on response, she was called to an incident in the early hours, which was initially believed to be a domestic incident.

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Upon arrival things were not as they seemed when officers spotted a car. Amy calmly spoke to the driver to determine the circumstances of what had happened but it was quickly established the driver was intoxicated. 

Footage recorded at the time showed the dramatic circumstances where Amy was dragged alongside the car 100-metres down the road as she held on for her life as the intoxicated driver tried to leave the scene. 

After realising Amy was being dragged by the car, the driver stopped before being pulled out of the vehicle by Amy and her colleagues where she was arrested.

Thankfully, the terrifying ordeal didn’t result in any serious injuries, as Amy got away with grazed knees from being dragged at speed.

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But the emotional and mental turmoil from the adrenaline rush was an altogether bigger battle.

Reflecting on the incident, PC Greenwood said:  “When working on response you don’t really know what type of jobs you are going to come across. At the time I was just trying to cling on for my life, so I didn’t roll under the car. 

“After what felt like a lifetime, the rest of the incident seems like a blur. Thankfully I had great colleagues who looked after me and were quick to respond once it unfolded. It all went from one extreme to another after having an initial conversation with her that seemed to be going well.

“I have no animosity towards the driver, she is a mother like myself, and I just hope she is getting the support and help she needs to turn her life around.”

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District Superintendent Arif Nawaz, added: “I have immense pride and satisfaction to have someone like Amy as a part of our team.

“She embodies the true essence and spirit of what an officer needs to be at Greater Manchester Police and putting the public safety over her own safety to ensure we were able to bring someone to justice is a true testament to her character and attitude.”

The suspect who was later arrested received a three-month custodial sentence as a result of her reckless actions on that night.

PC Spinks has been recognised for his actions as he tackled a man wielding a machete outside a school in Salford during term time in May, 2022. 

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Paul was off-duty at the time and was not wearing any protective uniform or equipment, he put his own life at risk to ensure that people of Manchester were safe.

Speaking of his experience, PC Spinks, said: “I did what any other police officer would do in that situation by using my training to step in. Taking one knife off the streets is one more in the right direction.”

Detective Superintendent Alicia Smith of GMP’s Trafford District, added: “Paul is a credit not only to our district, but also to Greater Manchester Police as a whole, and it is a privilege to have him serving alongside us.

“I believe his actions and quick thinking that day stopped serious harm coming to innocent members of the public and he put other’s lives ahead of his own – going above and beyond the call of duty and his brave actions should be recognised.”


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