Why work for us?…

When you join Wildwood Escot you become part of a small but ambitious team of dedicated and passionate people who aspire to continuously develop and expand our park. This in turn contributes to the Trust’s overall aim and mission to protect, conserve and rewild British Wildlife. Everything we do, whichever position you are in, impacts on and contributes to that aim: every employee has an important role to play within Wildwood Escot. We celebrate when things are going well; we pull together with a strong teamwork ethic when the going gets tough. We believe employee development is fundamental to a high performing, happy and engaged workforce, therefore we invest in your training and support. We care about your well-being. We employ people who share our values and vision and this is demonstrated in their commitment to their colleagues and their exemplary customer service provision. You work for us knowing your efforts are making a difference to the lives of native and formerly native British animals and you are helping to conserve and restore Britain’s wild spaces for future generations.

Position:                              Maintenance Manager

Salary:                                  Dependent on experience and qualifications

Applications close:          October 21st

We have a unique opportunity for a highly motivated, confident individual to take the lead on our challenging maintenance and development programme.

The successful applicant will have a proven background in the oversight, management and delivery of construction projects. Specific experience within the family attractions, zoos and/or agricultural/animal management sectors would be highly valued.

Day-to-day, the Maintenance Manager will plan, organise and deliver a range of routine maintenance tasks including grounds-keeping, animal enclosure, visitor facilities and buildings maintenance. Working with other departmental managers, you will record, plan and coordinate the ongoing maintenance needs of the park, judging priorities, costs, safety issues, etc., and allocating appropriate staff time and resources.

Working closely with the General Manager, and coordinating with other departments, you will play a significant role in the planning, design and delivery of a number of complex build projects to meet the demands of our expanding animal collection. This will necessitate hands-on experience in a wide variety of construction disciplines.

You will be expected to identify and source the right materials and acquire them at the best possible prices, coordinating delivery according to the logistical demands of the project.

Where necessary, you will be expected to work with a range of outside contractors, verifying their qualifications/certificates/insurance and safe working practices, acquiring and evaluating quotes, establishing on-site work practices. Your oversight of contractors will ensure that all health & safety standards are maintained, and that contractual obligations, deadlines, standards of work, etc., are met, taking appropriate steps to intervene where necessary.

Where necessary, you will be expected to work with local planning, HSE and Building Regulations representatives to ensure that on-site projects are conducted according established standards and procedures.

As a departmental management role, it will entail a number of associated responsibilities in HR, Health & Safety, Financial Admin and Budget Management.

The post demands an individual able to demonstrate strategic thinking with substantial managerial and problem-solving ability capable of meeting and overcoming a broad range of logistical and situational challenges. Excellent leadership and communication skills are therefore a must.

Advantageous Knowledge and Skills:

  • Construction project management
  • Construction site management
  • Formal training/qualification in at least one construction discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in a variety of construction disciplines
  • Small to medium sized plant operation
  • Chainsaw operation
  • Formal Health & Safety training and experience
  • Demonstrable experience in the effective management of health and safety issues
  • Outstanding team leadership and organisational skills
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of building regulations
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of planning procedures
  • Comprehensive commercial awareness and budget management experience
  • Demonstrable experience in routine HR administration and team management
  • A comprehensive working knowledge of horticultural issues
  • A genuine knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the natural world
  • A working knowledge of wildlife and environmental conservation issues

Interpersonal skills, essential:

  • Highly motivated with a strong commitment to meeting the Charity’s objectives
  • Highly adaptable, able to prioritise and operate effectively on own initiative
  • The ability to identify and solve problems with minimal management oversight
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Ability to judge, set and work to deadlines
  • Able to work well as part of a team, and establish constructive and collaborative relationships with colleagues
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage and motivate others
  • Reflective and able to evaluate your work critically


Please apply in writing, providing a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the position.

Email: george@wildwoodtrust.org



Job Title:                Outdoor Education Instructor

Location:                  Wildwood Escot, EX11 1LU

Department:            Education

Job title:                     Outdoor Education Instructor

Reporting to:            Education Manager

Hours:                        10 hours a week during term time (Weds & Thurs), additional hours may be available on a flexible basis

Salary:                         £8.72ph

The main role of the Outdoor Education Instructor is to ensure our Play Wild toddler group enjoy their time with us while receiving high quality, early year educational experiences.

An active position requiring the role holder to join our friendly education team to run our Play Wild Toddler Sessions.

Friendly, imaginative, enthusiastic and proactive engagement with a range of stakeholders including visitors, customers, members, early year children, school children and teachers is the main responsibility of the Outdoor Education Instructor. As a well-established and highly regarded education establishment, we deliver exceptional educational experiences and programmes that meet the needs of our attending visitors, schools and groups. We aim to reconnect the general public with nature in multiple subjects and produce individual memorable experiences.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The main duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  • Organising, developing and delivering our Play Wild toddler group session
  • Delivering our Play Wild sessions and outdoor education programmes
  • Developing and maintaining the Play Wild Garden
  • Providing exceptional customer service and communication when handling enquiries and engaging with our Play Wild audience in a professional and helpful manner

You may be required to carry out duties not listed above but which will be within your level of skill and ability.

Appointment to the above position is subject to successful candidates receiving full clearance from the Disclosure Barring Service and two reference checks.

Please download the job description and person specification for more information about this role from our website.

The successful candidate will attend an induction and training for the role.

What’s in it for you?…

  • You’ll be part of a great team of people who enjoy what they do and who have a lot of fun.
  • You’ll be part of an amazing organisation which is striving to improve British animals’ lives and futures.
  • You’ll be working in a beautiful setting in the middle of Devon’s countryside.
  • You and your immediate family have free entry to our Wildwood sites.
  • You’ll receive staff discount in the café and shop.

To find out more about us and the role…

To learn about Wildwood Escot and to see if you are a good fit for this position, please visit our website: www.devon.wildwoodtrust.org and go to our vacancies page to download the job description and person specification. You can learn more about Wildwood Trust on our website.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org or post to Charlotte Mead, Education Manager, Wildwood Escot, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LU.

Interview & Selection Procedure

Interviews will be held at Wildwood Escot during the week following the closing date for applications. The interview will not entail any presentations or tests.



Job Title:      Membership Recruiter and Visitor Services Assistant

Location:        Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

Term:             Permanent/seasonal

Function:      Recruiting Members and all Visitor Services Functions

Site Line Manager:   Visitor Services Manager

Hours:            Part time/variable

Salary:           DOE

Posted date: 28/01/2020

Closing date: 10/02/2020


Membership Recruiter and Visitor Services Assistant Position:

Are you a vibrant, enthusiastic and approachable person who prides themselves on putting customers first? Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you driven to beat targets which make a vital contribution to a worthwhile cause? Are you passionate about animals and wildlife? If so, this could be the job for you.

Wildwood Escot’s visitor services team play a crucial role in the charity’s ability to achieve its mission, vision and objectives. As a membership organisation, Wildwood depends greatly on the visitor services team to recruit and retain members as the main priority. Alongside this, you must obtain gift aid declarations whilst maintaining the highest standards of customer care at all times.

To excel in this role, you will need personality and drive to serve and sell to our customers. You will be confident, enthusiastic, resilient and an excellent communicator to inform, advise and support our visitors. You will understand our mission, be able to actively engage visitors and recruit members by your passion for wildlife, your knowledge of the products, services and facilities we offer and by your understanding of our contribution to the conservation of British species and wild spaces.

The Visitor Services team are the ‘faces of Wildwood’ – they are usually the initial people visitors have contact with and first impressions count. It is essential you represent Wildwood Escot warmly and professionally at all times. You will be well presented with good personal hygiene.

You will contribute to the charity’s aims by:

  • providing exemplary customer service to all members, visitors, guests and donors
  • meeting and exceeding targets for membership recruitment and obtaining gift aid declarations
  • building excellent rapports with visitors and members
  • ensuring all other visitor services tasks are carried out to a high standard

What’s in it for you?…

  • You’ll be part of a great team of people who enjoy what they do and who have a lot of fun.
  • You’ll be part of an amazing organisation which is striving to improve British animals’ lives and futures.
  • You’ll be working in a beautiful setting in the middle of Devon’s countryside.
  • You and your immediate family have free entry to our Wildwood sites.
  • You’ll receive staff discount in the café and shop.
  • Free onsite parking.

To find out more about us and the role…

To learn about Wildwood Escot and to see if you are a good fit for this position, download the job description and person specification.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to jaie@wildwoodtrust.org or post to

Jaie Goddard
Assistant Park Manager
Wildwood Escot
Escot Park
Ottery St Mary
Devon, EX11 1LU