Dudley Zoo and Castle looking to hire new land train driver

Dudley Zoo and Castle is looking to appoint a new land train driver ahead of its busy summer season.

Dudley Zoo and Castle train
Dudley Zoo and Castle train

The Castle Hill-based attraction is currently recruiting a permanent driver for its popular diesel locomotive.

The train transports passengers from the zoo entrance to the heart of the 40-acre site in minutes, passing animals including flamingos, spider monkeys, owls, meerkats and wallabies.

Applicants must have a full clean driving licence and have at least three years' driving experience. Relevant training will be given – and candidates must be available to work weekends, weekdays and bank holidays as required.

Zoo manager Matt Lewis said: “We have had a land train on site for more than 30 years and it has been a welcome relief to thousands of visitors, especially families with buggies and young children, and the train and driver have become quite a photo opportunity.

“Due to Covid restrictions we have been unable to run the service for a long while, but with the forthcoming easing of restrictions we are hoping it won’t be too much longer.”

The red and white locomotive formerly transported holidaymakers across the seafront in Alicante before it was relocated to sunny Dudley in 2017.

For more information about the vacancy and to apply, visit dudleyzoo.org.uk/contact/jobs/work-at-the-zoo

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 28.

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