Monday, July 2, 2012

Deputy Education Supervisor

Deputy Education Supervisor

Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are two of Europe’s leading animal collections.  We are committed to conservation breeding, in-situ reintroduction and ecosystem conservation.

Currently we are seeking a self-motivated, enthusiastic and confident person to help undertake our expanding education commitments. Duties of the role include presenting scheduled education talks to our visitors; presenting talks to schools and bespoke groups; to man the education centres; to provide guided walks with small groups; to deliver our experience days; and to engage in our outreach programme which provides educational talks at various external venues.

This role also requires the applicant to support the Supervisor in the management and coordination of a team of 6 education officers.  This team covers both Howletts & Port Lympne Parks to ensure the highest levels of conservation education. We are therefore looking for a proactive individual with proven people skills, who can demonstrate supervisory skills gained from previous management experience. An ability to be reactionary to last minute changes is essential, in order to deal with the day-to-day demands of the department. The candidate will need to be highly computer literate (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and preferably Access) to assist in managing the department’s rota and budgetary requirements and will be required to represent the department at internal and external meetings in the absence of the Supervisor.

The candidate will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject.  They will also have previous experience working in an educational role gained in an established learning/educational faculty.   Extensive experience in presenting talks to the public is essential. Also required is an extensive knowledge of exotic wildlife and global conservation issues.

The role is split between the parks so the successful candidate will be required to work at both.  Candidates must therefore have a full valid driving license and their own transport.

Working 40 hours per week on a five day rota basis, candidates must be prepared to work weekends and public holidays.  A full job specification is available on request.

To apply; please send your CV and a covering letter, stating the job applied for to: Sharon Bell, Human Resources, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Nr Hythe, Kent. CT21 4PD.

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