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Conservation Education Team Leader

Job Details
  • 4943
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Atherstone, Warwickshire
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • Salary of £27,050 + excellent benefits package

Conservation Education Team Leader

East Midland Zoological Society has been running Twycross Zoo for almost 60 years in the heart of England in Atherstone. We are an award-winning conservation and science-led zoo, and are a registered charity, welcoming over half a million people every year.

We house 500 animals which include the largest chimpanzee family in the UK and the biggest primate collection in the world. We are the only zoo in Europe to house all 4 great apes – Gorilla, Orangutan, Bonobo and Chimpanzee, and we care for some of the most endangered and precious lives to the highest welfare standards, including Sumatran Tigers, Amur Leopards and Snow Leopards.

Twycross Zoo (TZ) is at the forefront of conservation, education and research, and we have a strong commitment to our award-winning education programme, aiming to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding of visitors about our animals and their plight in the wild.

This is an exciting time to join Twycross Zoo as we have recently been awarded £20m grant funding to develop the National Science and Conservation Centre (NSCC) on the Twycross Zoo site. The NSCC will support vital work around species conservation. It will bring together experts in conservation science and train the next generation of conservationists, whilst offering researchers from around the world the opportunity to study the four great apes as well as 100 endangered species, in naturalistic complex environments. The facilities will include a lecture theatre, classrooms, and laboratories, all planned to open in 2024.

The Role – Conservation Education Team Leader

Reporting to the Conservation Education Manager, as the Conservation Education Team Leader you will support the Department in providing a high standard service to all visitors and fulfil the requirements of the Department’s strategy.

Your duties will include, although will not be limited to:

  • Working with the Conservation Education Manager to develop innovative learning experiences across all areas of the zoo’s operation
  • Leading and motivating the Conservation Education team through target setting and appraisals
  • Overseeing the planning and delivery of site wide education activities
  • Liaising with our Marketing team as necessary for the development of interpretation and communications via online platforms
  • Leading the evaluation of education activities
  • Teaching school groups and completing other education activities
  • Completing departmental inductions
  • Producing staff briefing slides and creating reports

Our Requirements – Conservation Education Team Leader

  • A degree in either Education or a Zoology related topic such as Conservation or Animal Biology
  • Proven experience gained within a teaching or education role
  • Experience supervising a team
  • Excellent presentation, time management and organisational skills
  • An interest in the Zoo’s work and purpose
  • IT literate, with good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to undertake first aid training to achieve a First Aid at Work certificate and become part of the zoo’s on call first aid rota
  • Ability to obtain a satisfactory DBS check

Although not essential, experience developing environmental interpretation plans and designing interpretive media is desirable.

The Package

  • Permanent contract
  • Salary of £27,050
  • 31 days annual leave
  • Uniform
  • Staff membership card giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off
  • Complimentary Twycross Zoo ticket allowance for friends and family
  • Free access to other BIAZA zoos and aquariums
  • 25% discount in the Twycross Zoo gift shop
  • 10% discount in Twycross Zoo food and beverage outlets
  • Free onsite parking
  • Star of the month award scheme
  • Access to work counselling services

You’ll be working Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm, although flexibility will be required to cover education events.

All applications for this Conservation Education Team Leader vacancy are to be submitted online.

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