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The initial couple of days can be tough as you are in training and it can make people rethink about working here, but I would have to say persevere, as there are rewards at the end of the tunnel.

McDonald's put their people first and never leave them doing the same job all the time. To work in McDonald's you requires patience, a good personality with a willingness to learn something new everyday.

Showing an interest in other peoples interests would help as you have to work as a team so interpersonal skills are ESSENTIAL!!


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Tayto Park Seasonal Jobs 2017

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Tayto Park Seasonal Jobs 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Tayto Park Seasonal Jobs 2017

Tayto Park are now hiring for their 2017 holiday season vacancies. 

Opportunities are available in Admissions, Food & Beverages, Adventure Zone, and Retail teams. In addition to seasonal roles, Tayto Park are recruiting for two fixed term positions in the Education Department in their Zoo. 

Closing date for applications: 6.00pm Thursday 2nd March.

Tayto Park are looking for fun, outgoing, dynamic people to work in the following areas:

Food and Beverage Retail: The main aspect of your role will be dealing directly with visitors, preparing hot beverages and serving confectionery and ice cream. Team members will ideally have experience working in a busy retail or Food & Beverage environment, as well as knowledge of till systems and basic cash handling. Successful applicants will deal directly with customer’s, and therefore exemplary customer service is of the utmost importance.

Grounds Staff: Tayto Park are looking to recruit enthusiastic, active candidates with excellent people skills whose primary responsibilities will include grounds-keeping duties such as litter and waste control; car park attending; reporting issues to his/her supervisor; and interacting with visitors to ensure they have an enjoyable day. A high standard of work is expected. The position is perfect for you if you are hard-working, enjoy being outdoors and are comfortable using your initiative while also working as part of a team.

Admissions and Bookings Team: Tayto Park are looking to recruit highly motivated, friendly candidates with excellent people skills to join their busy admissions office team! Our Admissions team, are dynamic and motivated to deliver engaging and memorable guest experiences. We are the only department in the park who will interact with every guest that visits us, so a passion for customer service is a must! Ideal candidates will possess excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Previous experience with cash handling and EPOS sales are a bonus.

Retail Team: Tayto Park are looking for applicants that are highly motivated, have a strong customer focus and are confident in handling cash and card transactions. The number one aspect of your role will be to make sure our visitors have and enjoyable experience that will be remembered for years to come. Main Duties include: Maintaining a high standard and understanding of excellent customer service - Up-selling at all opportunities within all Retail units Ensuring all units are merchandised to the highest of standards, keeping them full and tidy. Have a keen eye for merchandising stock within our Retail units You will need a flexible, adaptable approach to your work, have a ‘can do’ positive attitude, and be a team player.

Adventure Zone Staff: There are many roles within the Adventure Zone, such as harnessing, operating the rides, supervising the play area or our Factory Tour Road Crossing. All roles require individuals that are safety conscious, outgoing, driven and have a personality that is inviting to both children and adults. All aspects of the Adventure Zone are outdoor based, so we are looking for applicants familiar with working in inclement weather. The role will vary from day to day so you must be able to adapt from a role carrying out safety briefs to entertaining small children. We are looking for enthusiastic people with a sense of humour that can work unsupervised and effectively with our visitors.

Tour Guides: Are you interested in wildlife, love working with children and enjoy public speaking? If so, the Tour Guide position at Tayto Park is YOUR perfect job! Tour guides present wildlife education and conservation talks to mainly primary school children but may also be required to present to secondary students as well as zoo visitors. Tour guides will share fun and interesting animal facts and other education information in a very engaging clear and concise manner. Tour guides will be responsible for adhering to strict time management as guides escort teachers and students around the park ensuring groups arrive at each activity on time.

Kitchen Staff: Calling chefs of all grades, kitchen porters and catering assistants - have you got what it takes to join our dynamic kitchen team? Working alongside our returning catering team, you will be positioned to maintain our high standards of excellence in the preparation of food and delivery of service. Our summer positions are a fantastic way to gain experience in a high-volume fast-paced environment while still being part of a team situated in an enjoyable and fun workplace.


If you are interested in applying to work in any of the roles outlined above, fill in the application form here and send to before the 2nd of March 2017. Applicants must be 18 years or over before this date.

Please Note: Only Tayto Park Application forms will be accepted for the above positions, NO CVS will be accepted.

Learning & Discovery Assistants

In addition to seasonal roles, Tayto Park are recruiting for two fixed term positions in the Education Department in our Zoo. Reporting to the Education Manager, your key role will be to prepare and deliver classroom based learning to students in primary and secondary school. You will also be involved in presenting educational material about the animal collection to school tour groups as well as the public. Please send a cover letter and CV to

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