Fancy soaring to new heights? Dudley Zoo and Castle is looking to hire a number of chairlift operators for its vintage aerial ride ahead of the busy 2022 season.
The 1950s passenger carrying ropeway was the first ever to be installed in England right here in the Black Country. And it was relaunched a decade ago this year, in 2012, following Heritage Lottery funding.
The job application states that relevant training will be provided and hours of work will be on a rota basis to meet demands – with weekend, weekday and bank holiday work required. The closing date for applications is Friday, March 25.
Retail manager Isobel Blackwell said: “Duties will include all aspects of operating our busy chairlift, which we aim to reinstate in time for the Easter holidays and all relevant training will be provided. It is such a popular and quirky aspect to the zoo and allows height-compatible visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the Midlands, as they soar from the lower zoo to the site’s upper section over our geladas and Sulawesi crested macaques during the free two-minute ride.”
The chair lift was officially opened on May 11, 1958, by comedian Richard Herne, who played the children’s television character Mr Pastry. Following £117,000 Heritage Lottery funding, it was reopened on August 24, 2012, after being out of action for more than a decade.
There are 41 chairs on the ride which are fixed in numerical order – and in the past chair 20 had to be scrapped, with chair 42 taking its place. While chair 36 has the number six installed backwards!
For more details about the job and how to apply, visit www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/contact/jobs/work-at-the-zoo.
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