Job Vacancies & Careers

With over 1,000 animals and 400,000 visitors a year to look after, the task of running Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in Kent can be a complex and challenging job.

The parks provide jobs for over 200 members of staff, plus approximately 150 additional seasonal staff every year, with skills ranging from animal welfare and management, to presenting, gardening, catering, education, finance, IT, HR, marketing, fundraising, horticulture, retail, safari rangers and drivers.

Our staff are one of our most important assets and everyone plays a part in ensuring that animals and visitors are well looked after. We are committed to equal opportunities and employing a diverse workforce. If you are interested in working at Howletts or Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks please view the vacancies below by clicking on the job titles for details of jobs currently available.

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Job Vacancies

Animal Keeper Internship (unpaid), Elephant Section (Howletts) - Closing date 17th April 2015

Hospitality Supervisors (Short Breaks at Port Lympne) - Closing date 20th April, or sooner if sufficient applications are received. 

Primate Keeper (Howletts) - Closing date 24th April 2015

Elephant Keeper (Howletts) - Closing date 24th April 2015

Communications Executive - Closing date 24th April 2015

Chef de Partie - Closing date 24th April 2015

Part time Hospitality & Events Assistants (Port Lympne) - Closing date 27th April 2015

Animal Keeper Training Placements, Unpaid (Port Lympne) - Closing date 30th April 2015


Fundraising Volunteers - Port Lympne Reserve

Education Volunteers - Howletts and Port Lympne

Volunteer Application Form

Speculative CV’s

If you would like us to store your details on file for a period of 6 months, please send us your CV and covering letter. This will be kept on our ‘Speculative Database’ and should a position arise, we will contact you.

Please mark all speculative emails in the subject title as ‘Speculative CV.’

Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive, there may be a delay in our response.

Please send all speculative CV’s and work placement applications to:




If you are unable to provide a CV to apply for a vacancy, you can download an application form and preferably email it to:

Or post to:

Human Resources
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Nr. Hythe
CT21 4PD