Monday, 16 June 2014

Job vacancies at Wildwood


Job vacancies at Wildwood

Job vacancies at Wildwood

Seasonal Retail / Cafe Assistants

Wildwood is looking forward to a busy Summer season and require reliable, responsible people to help serve our customers in our shop and café.

We are looking for outgoing personalities who are great with people and able to work unsupervised or as part of a team. Shop or café experience would be preferable but not essential. You will also need a good head for heights to be able to man Wildwood's amazing 27ft tall Drop Slide!

Duties will include (some Shop, some Café, some both):

  • Serving customers
  • Till use
  • Kitchen work
  • Housekeeping
  • Litter picking
  • Promoting Wildwood's membership scheme to visitors
  • Making and serving great cappuccinos, as well as other food and drink
  • Manning Wildwood's 27ft tall Drop Slide

Part time hours are available and vary according to business needs.

Zero hour contract

National minimum wage

Applicants will be required to start as soon as possible.

Please click here to visit our jobs page for full details and how to apply.


Wildwood Ranger

Wildwood is looking for a practical, hands-on ranger to work around our wildlife park and ancient woodland. The main focus of this post is to carry out regular maintenance of the park buildings and grounds, including the playground, paths, car park and toilets.  Specific exhibit maintenance tasks will also be carried out, working closely with the keeper team.

Duties will include:

  • Fixing broken toilets
  • Animal enclosure construction and maintenance
  • Brush cutting and landscaping
  • Fencing & safety barrier construction
  • Pathway construction & repair
  • Waste minimisation & litter picking around the park
  • Groundworks and building
  • Rainwater collection & distribution system
  • Ensuring that the toilets, play equipment and safety barriers are in excellent working  order
  • Carrying out landscaping and gardening to ensure our woodland looks in good condition for our visitors
  • Ensuring that the park is free from safety hazards for visitors or staff
  • Erecting and replacing signage
  • Managing visitor parking
  • Assisting visitors in the park as required

Person specification

Wildwood needs a 'hands on' person with practical experience of forestry, carpentry, brick laying, plumbing, ground work and metal work. You must be able to carry out these tasks independently.

Your role demands excellent people skills so you can enthuse young helpers to get the best out of their time helping us at Wildwood. The ability to plan and oversee their work to ensure quality and safety will also be necessary.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of and a love of British Wildlife.
  • Recognised qualifications in one or more of the following:
  • Forestry
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electricity
  • Building

Closing date: 29th June

Please click here to visit our jobs page for full details and how to apply.



Animal Keeper

Wildwood requires an experienced animal keeper to look after our unique collection of British wildlife and assist in our conservation projects. This will encompass food preparation, feeding and cleaning.

You will be responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of our animals, able to monitor health issues and to improve their enclosures through behavioural enrichment. You will take instruction from the Senior Keepers working to priorities to achieve the best animal welfare within the resources we have.


Duties will include:

  • Looking after Wildwood's animal collection
  • Exhibit design and maintenance
  • Ensuring that Wildwood meets and exceeds zoo legislation
  • Ensuring that Wildwood meets and exceeds customer expectations
  • Communicating with other departments at the park
  • Maintaining time sheets and other records
  • Cost control including sourcing donations of animal feeds
  • Customer care & public animal talks
  • Conservation Projects

Person specification:

The post-holder will be mature in outlook, confident, hard-working and practical. Common sense and the ability to concentrate and prioritise on the essentials of a task will be key elements of your personality. You will need to be prepared to work through peak times in what is a seasonal business.

A good level of experience and competence of working with captive animals and their husbandry, specifically large carnivores is essential.

You must be able to demonstrate recent practical experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Experience of captive breeding and animal care
  • Experience of practical building work and construction
  • Experience in giving public talks & demonstrations
  • Experience of conservation reintroduction projects
  • Experience of health and safety systems
  • Familiarity with working in a zoological collection

Closing date: 29th June

Please click here to visit our jobs page for full details and how to apply. 

Wildwood Trust
Herne Common
Herne Bay

Tel: 01227 712 111

Registered charity no 1093702


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Old teddies wanted by Wildwood


Wanted by Wildwood - Old teddy bears

May events at Wildwood

Wildwood needs your help for a major new fundraising campaign this summer!

We require old teddy bears for a secret mission at the park:

  • Old teddy bears - any age, any condition
  • Larger bears preferred (25cm tall) - but all sizes welcome
  • Sorry, we can't return the bears after they have completed their mission
  • Just teddy bears please (we don't require other toys)

If you can help, please drop off your teddy bears at the Wildwood Shop or Office on your next visit (required before end of June)

All will be revealed at the park for the Summer holidays!

Many thanks
The Wildwood Team

Wildwood Trust
Tel 01227 712 111

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Saxon re-enactment this weekend at Wildwood!


Saxon re-enactment - this weekend at Wildwood!

Saxon re-enactment weekend at Wildwood

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June

Wildwood is getting ready to face a Saxon invasion this weekend when Regia Anglorum, one of Britain's best Saxon re-enactment groups will be at the park on the 7th & 8th of June for their annual Saxon re-enactment weekend.

Visitors will be able to step back in time and visit Wychurst, the group's authentic Saxon Burgh (village) nestled in the depths of the forest at Wildwood and experience how our Saxon ancestors lived circa 1000AD.

Wychurst - literally meaning "the village in the wood" - is a Saxon Manorial Burgh, reconstructed by Regia Anglorum according to the best available evidence. The group have spared no trouble or expense to ensure that the site and its environs are as close to the original as possible. The Burgh features a spectacular Longhall along with other buildings and is exactly the kind of place to which local people would have retreated when the Vikings sacked the city of Canterbury over a thousand years ago.

The site will be open to visitors from on 7th & 8th June from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

All day long you'll be able to see people working at crafts and pursuing high status activities like embroidery. There will be unannounced dramatic interludes, so you'll need to keep your wits about you to decide what's real, what's not, who is in charge and who is the scapegoat!

All will be revealed at 3.00pm when the cruel Norman landlord turns up to demand even higher taxes. Don't be late! You need to be on site and settled by 2.45pm or risk missing the bloodthirsty battle and violent demise of several uncouth and licentious soldiery!

There is no need to book, come along at any time. Entry to Wychurst will be £3.00 for 14yrs and over (under 14yrs free). All under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. 

Wildwood entry fees or membership must also be paid to be allowed access to the event.

Click here to visit the Regia Anglorum website


Wildwood Trust
Herne Common
Herne Bay
Tel: 01227 712 111

Registered charity no 1093702