The application period is now closed
We offer a number of placement opportunities through the Learning and Discovery department.
These 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 an animal or conservation-based careers are also encouraged to apply.
There are 2 different placement opportunities available, all involve opportunities to observe staff members delivery, contribute to research projects and assist with delivery of learning and discovery programs. A series of workshops will be run by the Learning and Discovery team, students are welcome to attend these to build a portfolio to help with their future careers.
To start the placement there will be introductory days to show students around Knowsley Safari, give them a background to zoo education and the role of the modern zoo and to give guidance on activities that they can contribute to during their placement. All placement students will require a DBS check which will be funded by Knowsley Safari.
Placements are available for 20 days during the time periods stated below.
DISCOVERY TEAM PLACEMENT
The Discovery team deliver engagement activities for guests visiting Knowsley safari, from animal talks to rides on our baboon bus and encounters with the giraffes. During this placement students would have the opportunity to observe staff delivering animal talks and encounters to see first-hand the skills required to engage large audiences. During the summer holiday period there is a chance to assist in the delivery of our touch table stations, informing guests what artefacts are, enhancing their experience at the safari and informing them of conservation projects we support. Students are welcome to get involved in data collection, we have an on-going guest engagement research project to highlight the difference staff presence can make to guest dwell time. We have a research team that support in data collection to allow students to gain new skills that they can apply to projects in the future. Students are welcome to take data they have collected back to University if it is useful for future assignments.
Suitable for students that are confident and happy to engage with guests of all ages.
Training: week commencing 29th July 2019
Dates: 5th August– 31st August 2019, activities run 7 days per week, students are welcome to attend for 5 out of 7 days to complete their 20 days within the time period
Options of attendance: 12.00pm-5.00pm or 10.00am-5.00pm depending on bookings. Attending 3 out 7 days
Number of placements available: 2 placements
EXPLORER TEAM PLACEMENT
The explorer team run a kids club for 7-10 year olds, Intrepid Explorers, over the summer period from Monday-Fridays. A range of activities are covered included animal encounters, crafts and games. Students will be able to observe the way staff deliver activities to this age group, assist in the delivery of certain activities and contribute to data collection as part of a longer term research project. We have a research team that support in data collection to allow students to gain new skills that they can apply to projects in the future. Students are welcome to take data they have collected back to University if it is useful for future assignments.
Suitable for students interested in working with children.
Training: week commencing 29th July 2019
Dates: 5th-9th August, 12th-16th August, 19th-23rd August, 27th-31st August 2019
Number of placements available: 1 placement
FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS STUDENTS
‘I just wanted to thank you and everyone for everything, I’ve enjoyed my time at Knowsley so much and have found it really rewarding.’
‘I have gained confidence in presenting to large scale audiences, knowledge on how a safari park is run and what goes into zoo education’
‘I really enjoyed working on Intrepids as I found it really rewarding to see how much the group learnt’
‘I learnt how to engage with different audiences and different techniques to use’
‘I really enjoyed the workshops, I gained new information and it was interesting to hear a range of opinions’
HOW TO APPLY
Our application period is now closed, please check back early 2020 for information concerning Summer 2020 placements.