Wednesday, July 29, 2009



Chester Zoo, one of Europe’s leading Zoological collections, has an active and award winning Education Division, and is now seeking to extend its educational outreach to schools within its catchments with the appointment of a Safari Ranger. This is a pilot scheme, externally funded, to run initially for one term only commencing 7th September 2009 until the 7th December 2009 and is in response to the government strategy ‘Every Child Matters’ and the three themes of ‘Aiming High’: empowerment, access and quality.

Work includes visiting local schools (including Special Schools) to deliver exciting and engaging workshop sessions that will act as stand-alone units of work or as pre-visit primers in preparation for students’ visits to the zoo. The post-holder will be expected to host zoo visits of any of the schools booking a follow-up session.

The post-holder will be required to work in partnership with teachers to develop units of work that meet curriculum requirements. Our approach to formal education is highly participatory so candidates will be expected to be outgoing and enthusiastic in their teaching style.

Applicants should have a Biology/Life Science degree, a good knowledge of natural history and conservation/environmental issues and a proven ability to communicate with a wide audience. A formal teaching qualification or experience in effective and sensitive communication within the context of working with children with special needs is essential.

The 35 hour week will run Monday to Friday. The rate of pay for this post is £8.90 per hour. Please note that as a charitable trust, our salary scale is not based on LEA scales.

The post-holder will hold a clean driving license and be able to drive themselves to and from schools. A zoo vehicle will be provided. This vehicle is to be left overnight and at weekends in the zoo.

This post is subject to an advanced CRB check.

For an application form please ring the recruitment line on 01244 389477 or e-mail

Closing date for applications is 4th August 2009.

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