Wednesday, January 11, 2017



(Permanent – 35 hours per week)

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 1.9 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 opportunity for two Safari Rangers to join our award winning Discovery & Learning team.

The Role:

Safari Rangers are required to devise and deliver exciting and engaging workshop sessions as part of our outreach programme to 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 professional approach to workshop and resource development. You will be required to work in partnership with teachers and zoo colleagues to ensure that our work in schools meets the needs of the national curriculum, alongside our Chester Zoo learning objectives. In order to reach schools across the region, Safari Rangers are expected to travel regularly (using a zoo provided vehicle), particularly to areas surrounding Manchester and Liverpool where there is a high density of schools and groups to work with.

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 £19,133.59 per annum based on 35 hours per week working predominantly Monday to Friday, but with some need to work weekends and evenings for which time off in lieu will be given.  In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

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 22nd January 2017.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 6th February 2017. 

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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