Discovery & Learning Officer

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

12 month fixed term, full time contract

The Discovery & Learning Officer will play a key role in delivering 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 Discovery & Learning Officer will achieve through the development and delivery of a range of learning activity and events, for a variety of audiences, the principal audience being schools, but also includes FE, HE, adult learners, teachers and education professionals.  The role will assist with the delivery of education sessions and there will be additional project work which will link into the Zoo’s events calendar and involve working with various different departments in ZSL.


Key Responsibilities:


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

  • 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 to meet the needs of the business.
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment and in all weather conditions.


Person Specification:

  • Experience of teaching in either a formal or informal education setting.
  • Experience of developing high quality, innovative learning activities/events to meet specific learning outcomes and audience needs.
  • 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.


To Apply:

Applicants should send separately a completed Application Form, Equality of Opportunity Monitoring Form and a Covering Letter Addressing the Stated Criteria by email to: N.B: Within the covering letter please state your earliest availability “start date” for the position or notice period required.

File ZSL Job Application Form (57.27 KB)


Applications for this position close on midnight on Thursday 22 January 2015.

Interviews will be on Thursday 29 January 2015 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Start date: 1 March 2015