Friday, July 26, 2013

Education Officer

Education Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Education Officer to join Amazonia, Scotland's Indoor Tropical Rainforest based in Motherwell.

Amazonia is an indoor tropical zoo, exhibiting various species of primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

As new members to BIAZA, this is an exciting time for Amazonia, with a lot of developments planned for the future.

Amazonia is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to implement an interesting and exciting education program aimed at improving public understanding of the natural world.

The successful applicant will be expected to:
- Implement an education strategy that addresses all forms of education, including development of new programs
- Organise education activities and presentations for zoo visitors, including seasonal activities
- Deliver national curriculum-linked teaching to a range of age groups
- Make educational outreach visits to schools and other institutions
- Deliver interesting and exciting public presentations
- Assist in the organisation of zoo events
- Develop and organise a team of education volunteers
- Prepare and develop educational resources including the development of Amazonia's website
- Develop Amazonia's interpretation and signage
- Prepare and deliver 'Amazonia Explorers' kids club
- Carry out general keeper duties

- Motivated individual who can work alone and as part of a team
- Bachelors degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. biology, zoology, conservation, environmental science, science education)
- A minimum of 2 years experience working within a zoological collection - Experience of teaching at primary and secondary levels
- Awareness of the role of zoos in environmental education and biodiversity conservation
- Excellent presentation, communication and inter-personal skills
- Excellent written English
- Computing skills including Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
- Ability to work alone and as part of a team
- Flexible approach to work and ability to work under pressure
- Full driving licence

- Teaching qualification
- Experience of fundraising

This is a full time permanent position, working 45 hours per week, with 28 days annual holiday. Applicant must be willing to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends as required.

To apply for the position, please email a covering letter and CV including contact details of two referees to or mail directly to Amanda Gott, Amazonia, Strathclyde Country Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 3RT.

Salary: Dependant on experience.

Deadline: Friday 23rd August 2013.

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