Learning & Discovery Internships

The application period is now closed and will open again early 2019.

Our Learning & Discovery Summer Internships 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.

Successful applicants will experience a 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.

These positions offer excellent preparation for a career with animals. As such, we expect them to be highly sought after and we encourage applicants to be enthusiastic and committed to the program set.  Up to 6 positions are available.

Placement timescale

Internships usually last around 12 weeks (inclusive of training) normally June through to August.

You will be expected to attend 3/7 days – This includes weekends. Hours of attendance will vary according to the activities you are assigned to. These are likely to be on one of 3 options: 10am-2.30pm, 12.30-4.30pm or 9am-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.

Please note that only those who can commit to the full 12 weeks will be considered.

Who should apply?

Those who must undertake a placement or work experience to accompany their studies as a required or recommended aspect of the educational course. Unfortunately, those who are currently not in education will not be considered at this time.
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 12 week program.
Happy to have a DBS check completed as clearance is vital to this role. The DBS check will be funded by Knowsley Safari.


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).

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
Explore and learn how to use a variety of engagement techniques.


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.
The creation of a portfolio including photos, activity log and reference statement from the Learning and Discovery team;
Opportunities to learn skills and tips to develop confidence and ability in interaction and engagement style.
Experience of supporting a broad range of formal and informal education activities. A chance to work with like minded people and a range of zoo professionals;
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;
Discount in the shop and restaurant.

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 Summer 2018 has now closed. Please check back early 2019 for details regarding our Summer 2019 internship programme.


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