Sometimes sitting at my desk, I sit and think about how wonderful it would be if I could just travel the world, or spend every day surrounded by animals. I absolutely adore giraffes, they're my favourite animals of all time.

When I was about 7-years-old I saw my first giraffe at Chester Zoo, and I remember being blown away by their sheer size, and majestic beauty. They're just gorgeous creatures, and they're so playful and placid! What's not to love, ay?

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So imagine my sheer excitement when I'm scrolling the internet and come across a job application from Chester Zoo, saying that they're currently looking for a new giraffe keeper. It's fine though, because they can stop looking - I'm right here.

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The Lead Keeper for the giraffes will supervise students and volunteers, working alongside Keepers to undertake the daily animal care duties, focusing on husbandry and welfare. However, there are a few issues with this dream job - you have to be actually qualified for it.

To apply for the role, you need:

  • Have a HND or degree level qualification in a zoological related science or equivalent experience
  • Have extensive knowledge and expertise in animal husbandry and management with a focus on giraffe or okapi
  • Have experience of working in a Zoo/Safari park setting and of operant conditioning
  • Be open-minded to developing and implementing new ideas for improving husbandry and building strong working relationships with other departments to ensure high standards are met
  • Be able to clearly demonstrate leadership qualities, being an enthusiastic and motivated team player
  • Be able to organise and prioritise tasks in a dynamic environment and have good problem solving skills
  • Have a good understanding of risk assessments to ensure all staff are fully aware of safety and management procedures
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a full driving licence valid in the UK

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The pay is £23K per year, but TBH you can't put a price on the sheer joy that comes with being surrounded by beautiful giraffes all day, erry'day.

Maybe if I show them my extensive giraffe teddy collection and stationary, they'll consider me? BRB, off to go hand in my application.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Katey Roberts

Katey is the Junior Social Editor of PRETTY52. She recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a degree in Film and Media and her expertise is in entertainment news and celebrity culture. Contact her - katey.roberts@pretty52.com

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