HAVE you always wanted to work with animals? Then we may have found the perfect role for you.

Northumberland County Zoo is on the hunt for a new keeper to look after a range of species, including everything from otters to snow leopards.

The North-East zoo, in Morpeth, currently has just one full time role listed on job site Indeed, where it advertises jobs, but sadly not just anyone can apply.

The park is looking for applicants who have at least two years of professional zoo work experience working with carnivores and small mammals.

The animal keeper may also work with species such as raccoons, lynx, lemurs, capybara, arctic fox, Scottish wildcats, meerkats and porcupines.

The role requires someone who can work well as part of a team as you will be reporting to a team leader, and who will take ownership of their role and maintain high standards. 

The successful applicant must also have a qualification in captive wild animal husbandry, biological or conservation as well as strong interpersonal skills and confidence to interact with the public.

Day to day job responsibilities include husbandry routines, environmental enrichment, and decorating and maintaining exhibits.

The zoo describes itself as an 'up and coming family-run animal not-for-profit collection' that supports education and conservation efforts. It hopes to 'see a change in the perception towards wildlife and habitats which will lead to a sustainable natural world'.

The park currently has 17 acres for visitors to explore with over 100 species of animals to see, with plans to reopen on April 12 in line with Covid restrictions.

You can apply here, with the application deadline being on Friday, April 9 - good luck!