Tree Top Challenge Senior Instructor in Canterbury, Kent
Fun workplace, Poor ManagementI learnt how to deal with both difficult and easy customers, how to work in a team on a daily basis. In my senior position i learnt how to deal with management not listening to my ideas and taking them on board.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with difficult customers.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the smiles on the faces of customers who had an enjoyable day the park and on Treetops
Senior Primate Keeper in Canterbury
An excellent place to start a zookeeping careerI worked on the primate section for 6.5 years from trainee to senior keeper, animal welfare comes first and foremost at the park, management is a democracy rather than a dictatorship and your views and opinions will be listened to and taken into account around any subject related to the section or the wider zoo.
As a keeper there is huge opportunity to learn and grow as you are encouraged to get involved with everything occurring on the section, from enclosure building to primate vaccinations and much more, you also get trained to use equipment and machinery such as strimmers and tractor trailer and more if you show an interest in it!
during my time there I lived in zoo accommodation and then moved off site, you then get a 'living out allowance' which helps top up your wages to afford rent etc...
I have been privileged to work with primate species not held at any other collection outside their native countries, treated with respect and the team eventually feels like a little primates family!
I worked at a collection after Howletts which did not prioritize animal welfare, more profit and showmanship with animals unable to get out from under the public's nose and needless to say did not hang around for long!
Overall I would definitely recommend working at Howletts as a Keeper, especially the primate section!
Part-time Volunteer Elephant Keeper in Canterbury
GoodWork was good and effectively run. I learnt a lot in my role and others were happy to help. I believe they were short staffed for a while, making it a little harder for the rest of us. Animals were incredible.
Friendly and very AccommodatingI’ve worked at Howletts since 2016 and yes it has its ups and downs but what job dosnt, we are a big family that will look after each other.
The job it self isn’t hard but when it gets busy it’s a demanding job, but that’s what catering is, I have a part time job along side that I do a minimum of 16 hours per month and the Catering Manager is very accommodating to when I need to do those shifts as long as I give plenty of notice.
Downside is if you looking for a career this is probably not that job for you.
Catering Assistant in Canterbury
I wouldn't get my worst enemy to work there.ok I suppose wouldn't work there again your not treated like an adult and everything that happens is all based on favouritism if your besties with the boss you get the hours and where you want to be put!
there is too many people giving orders and hardly anyone doing them, you always see one or two people running round doing everything and others just stood there talking or not doing anything and the supervisors don't even care because half the the time its them that is doing it!
there is never a plan for the day and no one ever knows whats going on, plus there is not enough lockers for people to put there stuff in!