Learning & Discovery Internships

The application period for our Summer 2017 Internship has now closed and will re-open again, early 2018.

The Learning & Discovery Internship positions are ideal for those looking to gain valuable experience in zoo / science education, and are also applicable for trainee teachers looking to broaden their experience and work in and out of classroom setting. Those with an interest in developing their engagement or theatrical skills, or who have are looking towards animal or conservation based careers are also encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will experience a broad range of education activities and build their competencies. Supported at all times by members of the Learning and Discovery team you will build skills and knowledge valuable to future employers in the education, science, zoological or conservation sector.

Furthermore, time is built into the program to allow the creation of a portfolio providing evidence of the tasks you have completed and the skills learnt plus attendance to workshops and lectures which will broaden your zoological and educational knowledge.

The position offers excellent preparation for a career in engagement, education or with animals.

Only those who can commit to the full length of internship will be considered and all interns will be expected to have DBS clearance which will be funded by Knowsley Safari. Please note that this placement is voluntary and unpaid, accommodation is not provided.

Placement timescale

Internships are normally for 10 weeks starting in June and ending in early September.

You will be expected to attend 3/7 days – This includes weekends. Hours will vary according to the activities you are assigned to. Hours are likely to be on one of following: 10-2.30pm, 12.30-4.30pm or 9-4pm therefore flexibility may be required. Activities and hours will be assigned on a rota basis to give all candidates equal exposure to the different aspects of the department.

Who should apply?

Friendly, confident and happy to engage with guests of all ages.
Those committed to providing top quality customer service and the best possible experience for our guests.
An interest in education, conservation and animals.
Enthusiastic commitment to get involved in all tasks set.
Active participation in lectures and workshops.
A “can do” attitude and desire to get as much out of the placement as possible.
Ability to work as part of a team with other interns and members of KSP staff.
A willingness to learn, take instruction and keep updated.
Aged 18 or over.
Available for the full 10 week program.


To support the delivery of our guest education/engagement program you will be expected to assist in:

Exhibit Interpretation (You may be placed at key enclosures including, meerkats, giraffe and bush dogs to chat to guests and answer questions about the animals).
Busking (using a bag of artefacts, engage with guests in queues using a range of props)
Touch Tables (These display a range of bio artefacts such as skulls, feathers and eggs. You will be expected to connect with guests and engage in conversation)
Crafts (such as badge making)
Supporting the delivery of our campaigns on positive environmental behaviours such as saving water or recycling.
Other Engagement activities (These may be on a range of animals or conservation themes and may including such things as assisting in running a treasure hunt, supporting staff run enrichment demonstrations and encouraging guests to take part in games and quizzes).
Assist in the evaluation of these programs by collecting data from and surveying our guests.

To support the delivery of our kids program “The Intrepid Explorers” for 7-10 year olds you will be expected to assist in:

Preparing resources
Setting up and cleaning down
Engaging with children and other participants during activities encouraging learning and enjoyment
For more information about these programs please click here.

To support the delivery of our schools programme you will be expected to assist in:

Preparing, setting up and cleaning down after classroom workshops and outreach sessions.
Observe classroom sessions for a range of ages
Observe walking tours and guided tours


Subject to the mutual convenience for the Learning & Discovery Team and interns, there will be an option to arrange observation of other aspects of education and engagement including:

Junior Rangers program (holiday program for children aged 11-14)
Knowsley Academy program (5 day course for students aged 15-18)
Schools program including outreach and enhanced discovery days.
Animal encounters (giraffe and meerkat)
VIP tours
Animal talks


Full training prior to starting. This will include theory on zoo education, background to Knowsley Safari and guidance on the practical activities you will contribute to during the internship.
There will also be skills and tips to develop confidence and ability in interaction and engagement style.
A chance to work with like minded people and a range of zoo professionals
The creation of a portfolio including photos, activity log and reference statement from the Learning and Discovery team.
 Experience of supporting a broad range of informal education activities.
Options to participate in lectures/workshops complimentary to conservation, education and zoology. They are designed to give a broader understanding of the industry and enhance the interns completed portfolio.
Options to observe other aspects of zoo education, providing exposure to a range of experiences.
25% discount in the restaurant and 10% discount in the gift shop.

Feedback from previous interns

Previous Interns have found the program worthwhile and the experience has helped them to secure roles in education and guest engagement.

What skills do you think you have developed? ‘Confidence has definitely improved loads! My engagement skills have improved through practice in the tent and through busking’

Did you enjoy the workshops? ‘Yes- was very helpful with public speaking. Nikki’s personal statement workshop was a good insight.’

How to apply

The application period for Learning & Discovery internships 2018 will open in early 2018. Please check back then for details on how to apply.


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