Blackpool Zoo in the United Kingdom is seeking individuals to work as “seagull deterrents” to prevent the pesky birds from bothering visitors in dining areas.
The job requires dressing up in full bird costumes and scaring off the seagulls as “Seagull Deterrents.” . The zoo is looking for individuals with specific qualities to join their visitor services team and keep “nuisance” seagulls away from visitors’ food and animal enclosures.
The job listing specifies that the ideal candidates should be visitor-focused, friendly, energetic, and flexible. Additionally, since the job requires wearing a bird costume, outgoing personalities are preferred.
Blackpool Zoo is located near the seaside, and as a result, it is not immune to the problem of seagulls attacking visitors.
“At Blackpool Zoo it goes without saying that we love all animals! … And as a seaside resort, Blackpool is not short of seagulls. However, the seagulls are proving to be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to trying to steal food from our visitors and our animal enclosures!”
One TripAdvisor review titled ‘Beware of the Seagulls’ documents the impact of this issue. Although the reviewer was generally satisfied with the zoo and would have given it four stars, he was unhappy with the seagulls’ behavior.
“The zoo has a major problem with seagulls dive bombing the area surrounding the café/restaurant – this was unsettling for some families, especially, the children. The zoo has put up ‘dummy’ falcons/hawks on the roof of the establishment but this is not working. The zoo will have to become more creative in dealing with a serious problem.”
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Now the zoo is taking steps to address the issue by recruiting a dedicated team of deterrence personnel. The seagull deterrent role is being offered with variable seasonal hours and could be an exciting opportunity for those wishing to unleash their inner eagle.
Would you apply for the job?