Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Education Assistant

Education Assistant

Job Title: Education Assistant
Salary: TBC
Start date: To start as soon as possible

Job description: The UK's most visited zoo is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist our education officer in the implementation of our education program. 

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  1. Organise education activities for zoo visitors, including trails, arts and crafts and presentations;
  2. Where necessary assist in the co-ordination of school, college and youth group visits;
  3. Help prepare and develop educational resources;
  4. Assist in the delivery of national curriculum-linked teaching;
  5. Make educational outreach visits to schools and other institutions;
  6. Write zoo news and website articles;
  7. Assist in the organisation of zoo events;
  8. Assist in the general duties involved in the running of the Education Department
  9. Answer general enquiries about the education program and take bookings for animal encounters and experiences

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
- Studying for, or have completed, a Bachelors degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. biology, zoology, conservation, environmental science, science education)
- Experience of teaching at any level and in any environment desired
- 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
- 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

Application: Please e-mail a cover letter and cv including contact details of two referees to ross.snipp@flamingoland.co.uk or mail directly to
Ross Snipp
Deputy Executive
Flamingo Land Resort
Kirby Misperton
North Yorkshire

YO17 6UX

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