Monday, August 12, 2013

Discovery and Learning Officer

Discovery and Learning Officer - based at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Fixed-Term Contract
£24,294 pa pro-rata

We are looking to recruit a Discovery and Learning Officer initially for a one year contract, this post has 2 days guaranteed per week. However in line with business needs, this could rise to 5 days per week during our busy seasonal periods. The post is located within the Discovery and Learning department at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, but will also link to, and work at the Discovery and Learning department at ZSL London Zoo

The Discovery and Learning (D&L) Officer will play a key role in delivering ZSL’s learning strategy and in doing so achieve the Society’s mission to raise awareness and inform visitors and other audiences about animals, their habitats and associated conservation issues. The D&L Officer will achieve this through the development and delivery of a range of learning programmes and events, for a variety of audiences, the principal ones being schools, but also includes FE, HE, adult learners, teachers and education professionals. There will be additional project work which will link into all aspects of the D&L strategy including carrying out evaluation and visitor studies, assisting to develop ZSL Arts and Culture programmes and actively contributing to ZSL’s CEPA (Communication, Education and Public awareness) projects, which link to ZSL Conservation Programmes

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Extensive experience working with children of a variety of ages and abilities
  • Proven experience delivering learning programmes in either a formal or informal environment
  • Recognised excellence in presenting public talks/shows/events to a range of different audiences
  • Experience of delivering practical programmes in an outdoor environment
  • Demonstrable knowledge of working in a zoo or animal related environment
  • Acknowledged excellence in communicating conservation and environmental messages to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience of conducting conservation field work (either biological or social research)
  • Knowledgeable of the work of ZSL, BIAZA, EAZA and the wider zoo community
  • Recognised experience in learning new skills and information within a strict time limit e.g. performance skills, handling different animals, working with different colleagues and departments
  • Documented ability in producing creative, innovative and dynamic ideas and outputs for a range of difference scenarios and projects.

Please click onto the following link for the job description:

Applications by CV and covering letter to the HR Department at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo by email to
Closing date for the receipt of applications:  Thursday 23 August 2013
Interviews will be held on Monday 2 September 2013

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research at the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation overseas. For further information please
Registered Charity Number 208728

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