Saturday, August 6, 2016

Safari Ranger

Safari Ranger

(Permanent – Part-time)

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.7 million visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

We currently have an exciting vacancy for a Safari Ranger to join our award winning Discovery & Learning team.

The Safari Ranger is required to devise and deliver exciting and engaging workshop sessions as part of our outreach programme to local schools and community groups. The workshops act as stand-alone sessions, as pre-visit primers to prepare students’ for a visit and/or form part of Safari Ranger led projects enabling deeper levels of learning and participation. Through all of our education work we aim to inspire people to love nature and take action to protect it.

Our approach to education is highly participatory so candidates will be expected to be outgoing and enthusiastic in their teaching style, with a creative and highly professional approach to workshop and resource development. You will be required to work in partnership with teachers to ensure that our work in schools meets the needs of the national curriculum, alongside our Chester Zoo learning objectives.

The successful candidate will have:

    •    A good knowledge of zoo based conservation and the natural world, most likely gained through a Zoo Biology/Conservation-related degree.
    •    Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to engage with a wide range of different audiences.
    •    Experience developing and delivering engaging workshops to schools.
    •    Knowledge of the schools education sector, including issues such as safeguarding and SEND.
    •    a full driving licence which is valid in the UK

The salary for this role £7,653.44 per annum based on 14 hours per week working on a Monday and Tuesday, on occasion it may be necessary to work at other times for which time off in lieu will be given. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits including:

    •    a fantastic working environment working with colleagues passionate about the zoo
    •    a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with high contribution levels paid by the employer

    •    healthcare cash plan including dental, optical and physio
    •    excellent company sick pay arrangements available after 12 months service
    •    life cover is valued at 4 times annual salary and covers death in service
    •    Income Protection Insurance protects 50% of your salary due to long term illness or injury
    •    staff pass which provides unlimited free access into the zoo
    •    25 paid holidays and additional bank holidays (pro rata to hours)
    •    20 free admittance tickets per year for family/friends which equates to £480
    •    staff discount from restaurants and retail shops plus a subsidised staff canteen
    •    access to West Cheshire Credit Union
    •    child care vouchers
    •    salary sacrifice cycle scheme
    •    free car parking
    •    uniform

Holidays are to be taken to coincide with school holidays. Please note that as a charitable trust, our salary scale is not based on LEA scales.

Due to the nature of the organisation and the role, this post is subject to a DBS check.

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for our Safari Ranger role to

Closing date for applications is Monday, 29th August 2016

Application URL :

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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