Transport Operative

Estates / Facilities Management
Department (and Section)
Zoos and Engagement - Z&E Whipsnade - Logistics WZ
Closing Date
Operative / Attendant
Position Type
Full-Time / Permanent
Advertised Salary
£21,547 including Weekend Enhancement
Weekend Enhancement


We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Through our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos (London zoo and Whipsnade Zoo), the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.  Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction.

Role Profile

Are you passionate about logistics and working behind the scenes?

ZSL Whipsnade have a new, full-time, permanent opportunity as a Transport Operative whose goal will be to support the team.
You will be part of the team's mission to use sustainable and creative methods in achieving everyday tasks to work smarter and not harder.

You will be instrumental in supporting the team with their departmental goals and objectives and completing everyday tasks in various areas such as driving, maintaining and carrying out routine checks to a variety of vehicles. The role also includes the transportation of materials, animals, animal food, waste and assist with stores operations the post room, animal food stores, warehouses and transport.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will be required to drive vehicles (car, vans, flat bed vans etc). Ability to drive the zoo’s telescopic handler would be advantageous.
  • You will be required to interact with guests promoting a high level of customer care.
  • You will support animal moves/collections both internally around site and externally to other zoo’s, animal collections and airports.
  • You will support, guide or oversee some non-ZSL personnel whilst on site - these may include contractors, inspectors or any other personnel that is required.
  • The post holder will need to ensure that the vehicles are clean and tidy at all times - this will involve the post holder washing and cleaning vehicles.
  • The post holder will also need to carry out other duties which are outside of their general duties, these will include but are not limited to assisting the Grounds teams with a variety of tasks and assisting setting up events or functions.

To download the full job description, please click here

Person Specification

  • The post requires the appropriate level of logistical skill, knowledge and experience.
  • The job holder must hold a full clean UK driving licence to include category C1 and category D1.
  • The position requires wide-ranging practical experience of working in amenity logistics, ideally in a zoo or visitor experience-based organisation.
  • The job holder is expected to have knowledge in working in a logistics environment.
  • The position requires knowledge of health & safety, logistical and environmental legislation.
  • To be able to communicate with a wide variety of people
  • To be able to carry out frequent manual handling tasks
  • Physically fit
  • A high standard of literacy and numeracy skills are essential 
  • Able to work weekends and bank holidays as part of a rota shift pattern

Please note: Working hours can include early starts and are based on a 37.5 hours working week, including weekends. Candidates that do apply must be aware that the position will be physically demanding and will require flexibility and the ability to work in a variety of conditions both indoors and outdoors. Due to the nature of the position candidates must also possess a full, clean UK driving license.


What do we offer?


You will have access to a blended program of Wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program as well as regular webinars and activities around mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. The opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving diversity and inclusion.


Other benefits include 25 days holiday, life assurance, stakeholder pension (employer contribution is matched up to 12%), complimentary zoo tickets with a 30% discount in shops and online, subsidised canteen, enhanced paternity and maternity leave, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership and access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities.


Ultimately, you’ll know that you’ll help us to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wildlife going extinct. 


To Apply

We recognize the value of having a team of employees with diverse skills, experiences, and abilities, we therefore, encourage applications from all backgrounds.


Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at


Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) on Sunday 29th January 2023


The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.


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