Closing date: 31/05/2023

  • Salary/Rate per hour: £19,692.40 per annum (£10.82 per hour)
  • Full-time/Part-time: 35 hours a week, with additional hours during the season
  • Seasonal/fixed term/permanent: Permanent

About us:

Wild Planet Trust is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK. We own two zoos in south west England, plus two local nature reserves and a National Nature Reserve. We support conservation in the United Kingdom and overseas using funds generated by the people who visit the zoos and the expertise and dedication of our staff.

Newquay Zoo first opened its doors as a council run seasonal attraction in the 1950s, relocating it to its current site and now permanent home in 1969. Over 50 years later, our site, and work, has grown considerably and we are now one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions and a leading conservation and education centre. There are over 120 species of animal that call Newquay Zoo home.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Cook to join our Catering team on a permanent contract. This is a full time role working 35 hours over 5 days, working hours will vary over a 7 day rota, including weekends and bank holidays. The salary for this position is £19,692.40 per annum (£10.82 per hour).

What will this role involve?

You will be preparing and cooking a range of food to a high standard in our varied, demanding and during peak season high volume catering operation. You will maintain a clean and tidy kitchen and adhere to all food hygiene, food safety, allergen and health and safety legislation, policies and procedures. You may also be ordering and receiving stock. The role will be based in the kitchen of the main café but will also involve supporting the cabins around the site.

What skills and experience are required?

You will need to have a level 2 food safety with a willingness to undertake level 3 and will ideally have chef qualifications or an NVQ 3. The ideal candidate will also have at least 2 years’ experience in a cooking position. Knowledge of food hygiene, food safety, allergens and health and safety legislation is essential.

Benefits of joining our team include:

  • 33 days paid holiday pro-rata (inclusive of Bank Holidays)
  • Company sick pay
  • Branded uniform provided (as required)
  • Relevant internal and external training provided
  • Free entry to our zoos for staff and immediate family
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Discounts in our Catering and Retail outlets (as applicable)
  • Free staff parking
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Headspace Premium App

Please note, we will be reviewing applications and conducting interviews throughout the advertising period for this role. The role may therefore be filled prior to the closing date.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

To apply for this role, please email a CV and Covering Letter to the People Services Team: [email protected]