Saturday, April 4, 2015

Education Officer

 Education Officer

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

Amazonia is a tropical house collection, exhibiting various species of taxa including  primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

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:

- Continue with our current education strategy, addressing all forms of education, including development of new programs
- Organise education activities, seasonal activities and presentations for zoo visitors
- 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
- Flexible approach to work and ability to work under pressure
- Excellent customer service skills
- High understanding of health and safety within the work place
- Full clean driving license


- Teaching qualification
- Experience of fundraising

This is a full time permanent position, working 40 hours a week, with 28 days annual holiday. Applicant must be willing to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends as required.

Salary: Dependant on experience.

To apply for this position please e-mail your covering letter and CV to or post your application to Amanda Gott, Amazonia, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 3RT.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th April 2015, with interviews held in the week commencing 20th April 2015.

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