Research Internship, CIRCLE
Deadline for applications 10thOctober 2012 – Interviews to be held in mid-October
Title: Research Intern (Education Science).
Time period: 11 month (1stNovember 2012 – 30thSept 2013; dates flexible).
Pay: Voluntary (accommodation provided; £10 per week food voucher; subsidised food available in staff canteen; part-time vacancies in the on-site catering/retail outlets will be available during summer months; £10 per week food voucher; subsidised food available in staff canteen).
Working hours: Flexible. To be determined in agreement with CIRCLE staff upon arrival.
Qualifications needed: B.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. conservation, zoology, psychology, education, environmental science). New graduates or sandwich year students are encouraged.
Experience needed: None. However, proven willingness to gain experience beyond the standard university education is strongly recommended. The position would suit someone seeking to gain practical research experience and training for a career in education, conservation or zoo management.
Personal attributes: Hard working. Enthusiastic. Excellent inter-personal skills.
About CIRCLE: The Centre for the Integration of Research, Conservation and Learning is a collaborative initiative between the
(a University of York and top 5 for Environmental Science
in the Russell Group University ) and the UK ’s most visited zoo, UK (Malton, Flamingo Land North Yorkshire). The aim of CIRCLE is to carry out
ground-breaking research that will contribute to the conservation of wild
animals and places, and to disseminate the information in a manner that is
accessible, interesting and fun.
: The zoo at Flamingo Land is part of a global network of zoos
and aquariums working together to manage the captive population of threatened
animals, to educate visitors on biodiversity conservation and to raise funds
for conservation causes. Included among the 130 animal species at Flamingo Land are several animals on the European
Endangered Species Program. The park is unique among Flamingo Land zoos as the site is shared with a
large theme park and holiday village. The diversity of attractions includes a
record-breaking roller-coaster, acrobats from UK , educational zoo trails and a wide
variety of shows, cafes, bars and restaurants. With 1.3 million visitors in
2011, it is currently the Tanzania ’s fourth most visited tourist
attraction (of those with an entrance fee), and the UK ’s most visited zoo. UK
Job Description: The intern will be responsible for carrying out a research project on the effectiveness of education at
. The internship will begin with
literature review and methodological planning under the guidance of experts in
conservation biology and education from the Flamingo Land and University of York . The intern will also work closely
with three interns already working on other aspects of zoo research. Education
research is a growing field among zoological collections, and is important for understanding
the best form of teaching practice for conveying environmental and conservation
messages. Flamingo Land
Research opportunities may therefore include interpretation of zoo signage, effectiveness of different animal exhibits for holding visitor attention, evaluation of teaching methods, and visitor surveys to determine the level of learning. Development of a scientific paper will be strongly encouraged and the intern will receive guidance in this. The intern will also make a final presentation on their work to zoo staff and at a relevant conference. There will also be an opportunity to attend lectures and practical classes in quantitative and qualitative methods. The intern will also be expected to assist with teaching primary school children and to help with other public engagement activities.
Submission requirements: cv, covering letter, full contact details for two referees (at least one from an institution of higher learning), copy of degree certificate (or most recent exam result transcript).
Postal applications: Dr. Andrew Marshall, Environment Department,
. University of York, YO10 5DD
Telephone enquiries: 07725 010100
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