Thursday, November 28, 2013

Head of Education and Learning

Head of Education and Learning

Chester Zoo - Chester, United Kingdom

Chester Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the UK attracting over 1.4million visitors/yr. It is renowned for its conservation work, excellent standards of animal welfare and its proactive and award winning Discovery and Learning Division. Currently around 30,000 students receive formal teaching by the division and over 300,000 visitors attend presenter talks delivered by the team.

We are looking to appoint a Head of Discovery & Learning to develop and deliver a suite of formal education and public engagement programmes, both in the zoo and as part of our field programmes. The purpose of these programmes is to maximise the zoo’s conservation impact by inspiring people to take action in support of the natural world. The role will also involve sharing best practice and promoting and growing Chester Zoo’s profile and reputation in the field of conservation education and conservation psychology.

The job holder will report to the Science and Education Director and be part of the zoo’s senior management team. They will be working closely with other divisions to develop, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our exhibits, animal and plant collection and the visitor experience. They will also be responsible for managing a team of 17 staff, associated facilities and budgets and will be expected to optimise the use of these resources and the revenue generating activities of the division.

The successful candidate should ideally have a Masters level degree or above in Education/Psychology with an emphasis on conservation and environmental issues. Extensive experience in developing, delivering and evaluating educational and behavioural change programmes to a variety of audiences will be required.
Experience in successful exhibit design and knowledge of the key factors that impact visitor engagement and learning is important. An in-depth knowledge of zoos and their operation would be advantageous. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, along with the ability to influence and work in a multidisciplinary team with collaborative working practices.
The role is full time, 40 hours per week.
A full job description is available on request.
To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV to 
The closing date for applications is 16th December, 2013
Interviews anticipated to take place week commencing 13th January, 2014.

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