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WZ Practical Learning and Administrative Assistant (Full-Time / Fixed-Term)

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Town/City Bedfordshire
Salary Additional Information £26,042 p.a.
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 21/03/2019
Company Name Zoological Society of London
Contact Name Human Resources
Telephone 02077223333
Email hr@zsl.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : The Zoological Society of London, a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned center of excellent for conservation science and applied conservation, working in over 50 countries around the world
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We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife. 

Role Profile

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Discovery and Learning department is looking for a fixed term Practical Learning and Admin Assistant to join our team. This fixed-term post is from 23rd April to 31st August 2019.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Practical Learning and Admin Assistant will play a key role in helping deliver ZSL’s learning strategy and in doing so achieve the Society’s mission to raise awareness and inform visitors and other audiences about the natural world and associated conservation issues.  The Practical Learning and Admin Assistant will achieve this through supporting the organisation and delivery of a wide range of practical learning programmes and schools sessions, as well as supporting the smooth running of school visits and the D&L department.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Previous experience teaching practical animal related courses including in an outdoor environment
  • Experience of teaching in either a formal or informal education setting, including activities where the principal focus is practical work (such as specific skill development, vocational training etc.)
  • Experience of working with children and communicating to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience working in a zoo, aquarium, museum or other animal related environment
  • Ability to carry out and demonstrate to others correct animal husbandry and management skills for handling collections
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to learn new skills and information within a strict time limit e.g. performance skills, handling different animals, working with different departments in ZSL
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends and Bank Holidays
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment and in all weather conditions

Please find attached the full job description here.


Please note interviews will be in the week starting 1st April 2019.

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org


Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Thursday 21st March 2019.

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

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