Education Officer

Job Details
  • 3577 Twycross Zoo
  • Atherstone
  • Permanent
  • £19,635 + fantastic benefits

Education Officer

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

What will this role of Education Officer entail?

Reporting to the Discovery and Learning Team Leader, as an Education Officer you will play an essential role in providing a high standard educational provision to all visitors at the Zoo, whilst fulfilling the requirements of the Education Department’s strategy.

You’ll deliver primarily science-focused learning within classrooms and around the site; organise educational sessions and Zoo clubs; develop the curriculum linked learning materials and lessons plans when required, and provide support to events at the Zoo such as overnight camping groups and outreach events, both in and outside of normal Zoo operating hours.

You’ll be expected to stay up to date with the Zoo’s conservation and research activities to ensure accurate information is provided to visitors at all times. You’ll also develop materials for site wide interpretative medias, including helping our Marketing team with our webpage content.

What will I need to be considered for this Education Officer vacancy?

  • A zoo-related degree with proven experience in teaching, training or presenting
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages
  • A confident and outgoing personality with a genuine interest in the Zoo’s work and purpose
  • Confident using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • A flexible approach to working duties and hours

Although not essential, a teaching qualification and proven experience in handling small animals such as domestic pets is desirable for this role.

Please note, successful applicants will need to possess or be willing to obtain a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) check.

What will I receive in return?

As an Education Officer you’ll receive a salary of £19,635, along with fantastic additional benefits including 31 days holiday per annum (inclusive of bank holidays), along with the benefit of a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets. Free onsite parking.

Contract: Permanent contract. You’ll work 37.5 hours per week over 5 days out of 7. Working pattern will vary depending on school holidays and term time, but hours are typically 8:30am and 5pm.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

More about us:

In 2014, we launched our 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently, we’ve opened a new £3.5 million world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success.

As part of our Masterplan development programme, other investments have also included new habitats and renovations such as Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and Butterfly Forest, all of which offer our visitors an immersive and inspiring experience with the animals.

At TZ you’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core. We offer a diverse range of roles and are committed to the fundamental approach of equal opportunities in employment. Our team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.

All applications for this Education Officer vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.

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