Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Zoo Education Officer

Job Title: Education Officer

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience

Deadline: 13th February 2013

Job description: The UK's most visited zoo is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist the implementation of an education program aimed at improving public understanding of the natural world and its plight. The successful applicant will be expected to:

  1. Assist in the implementation of an education strategy that addresses all forms of education, including development of new programs;
  2. Organise education activities for zoo visitors, including trails, arts and crafts, face-painting and presentations;
  3. Co-ordinate school, college and youth group visits;
  4. Prepare and develop educational resources;
  5. Deliver national curriculum-linked teaching;
  6. Make educational outreach visits to schools and other institutions;
  7. Write zoo news and website articles;
  8. Assist in the organisation of zoo events;
  9. Develop and organize a team of education volunteers;
  10. Assist in the general duties involved in the running of the Education Department.

About the employer: Flamingo Land Resort is a combined theme park, zoo and holiday village, attracting 1.2-1.3 million visitors each year. As a member of BIAZA and EAZA, Flamingo Land has a long-term commitment to biodiversity conservation and environmental education. Flamingo Land funds and directs the Udzungwa Forest Project in East Africa, and a Biodiversity Action Plan for a 375 acre area in North Yorkshire. These projects aim to conserve both tropical and UK biodiversity, through ecological monitoring, education and capacity-building in local communities. Flamingo Land is also home to the University of York Centre for the Integration of Research, Conservation and Learning (CIRCLE), which aims to carry out ground-breaking scientific research, which is disseminated in a way that is interesting, educational and fun.

Key selection criteria


- Bachelors degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. biology, zoology, conservation, environmental science, science education)

- Experience of teaching at primary and secondary levels

- Experience of teaching evaluation methods

- Proven dedication towards public understanding of the natural world

- Awareness of the role of zoos in environmental education and biodiversity conservation

- Excellent presentation skills

- Excellent inter-personal skills

- Excellent creative writing skills (including spelling and grammar)

- Computing skills including Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint and Word

- Awareness of the value of data gathering for the assessment of education

- Ability to work alone and as part of a team

- Willingness to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends as required

- Enthusiastic and self-motivated

- Flexible approach to work


- Teaching qualification

- Experience of fundraising

- Experience of working in zoos

- Experience in practical field conservation work

- Experience in creative design (e.g. painting, drawing, computer-aided graphic design)

- Experience in using computer graphics software

Application: Please e-mail a cover letter and cv including contact details of two referees to or mail directly to

Ross Snipp

Zoo and Education Manager

Flamingo Land Resort

Kirby Misperton


North Yorkshire

YO17 6UX

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