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Logistical Services Apprentice Chester Zoo

Our Logistical Services Apprentices will play a key role working as part of our professional Animal & Plant Logistical Services team, to ensure the highest standards of service to support our world class animal collection.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This will rise in year 2 to the national minimum wage for your age.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    10 days in 14 including weekends and bank holidays 7am to 3.30pm 30 minutes lunch

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

There are 2 Apprentice roles in our Animal and Plant Logistical Services team (APLS) who supply animal feed to the zoo teams.

During your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work alongside the logistics team liaising with the Animal Keeping staff and Animal Nutritionist to understand the supply needs of the varying departments and how the team ensures that stock levels meet the requirement needs.
  • Experience working with the insect breeding colony and assist with animal quarantine duties. 
  • Understand and develop the logistical skills required to plan routes to deliver produce daily to the relevant zones across the zoo.
  • Assist with the management of animal waste from the site using skip loaders.
  • Be trained on tractor-based equipment such as front loaders, trailers, and grass mowers.
  • Understand the inter-departmental communications that are needed to be effective within a logistical role and the record keeping that follows
  • Grow your knowledge of the appropriate rules, regulations, and processes for safely and efficiently moving produce.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Standard

Training will be onsite at Chester Zoo and may include the opportunity to undertake plant machinery training for example Chainsaw certification, Excavator and CAT E forklift trucks.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Warehouse and Logistics Assistant

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Initiative, Knowledge of tree/plants, Time Keeping, Can work under pressure, Willing to learn new skills, Full manual driving licence


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Chester Zoo Employees enjoy a range of benefits including, but not limited to – 25 days paid holidays, in addition to bank holidays and free travel on the X1 Bus Service between Chester / Ellesmere Port train stations and Chester Zoo (Whilst working only). As a Zoo employee, you will enjoy free entry to Chester Zoo and affiliated zoos and collections through BIAZA, as well as free admittance tickets - 20 per year for family/friends, pro-rata to service. You will also receive a Staff discount from restaurants and retail shops (using a staff pass) and use of our subsidised staff canteen at lunch times. This is a physical role and the role holder will spend a significant amount of time either outdoors or in temperature controlled environments. The roles will involve a range of manual tasks. We reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier based on numbers. You must have a full manual driving licence, as operating a vehicle to distribute deliveries around the site is an essential part of the role.

About the employer

We are Chester Zoo and we are mission motivated, passionate people, working together to be the best. We opened in 1931 by founder, George Mottershead who wanted to create the first UK zoo without bars. We are home to over 20,000 animals across our 128 acre site and have over 2 million visitors a year. Our mission is to prevent extinction; it’s a bold statement but we are confident that by working together and with our partners we can make a difference to wildlife here in the UK and the world.


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Apprenticeship standard

Supply chain warehouse operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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