Meet the Education Team
If you visit with your School or Group, take part in one of our courses, listen to a talk or join us on a learning programme - chances are you'll come across one or more of these friendly faces along the way.
Throughout our busy months we're joined by a number of seasonal education assistants, interns and students on work experience, but at it's core our education team is made up of 6 permenant staff.
They're also joined in the Education Academy by a couple of chickens, a selection of snakes, two tenrecs, a group of guinea pigs, a collection of creepy crawlies and Houdini the rabbit.
From an anthropological background my career at Blackpool Zoo started in 2010 when I worked weekends presenting talks to the zoo visitors. I am now Head of Education, Research and Conservation and have the great privilege of working with an incredibly talented wildlife learning team. Together we aim to connect our half a million visitors to animals; immersing them in real-life, powerful stories of wildlife conservation.
It is fantastic to work in such a multi-faceted role combining science; research, education and entertainment to inspire and fascinate our visitors. Working in zoo education is exciting; engaging, challenging and enriching - I look forward to each and every day!
I’m a relatively new member of the Blackpool Zoo team having only arrived as a work-based learner in the summer of 2018. Fast forward six months and I am now the Senior Education Officer at the zoo and loving every second of it.
Having previously undertaken a BSc in Agri-environmental Science and recently graduated an MSc in Zoo Conservation, I was overjoyed when I had the opportunity to break into the zoo industry and I am certainly taking every advantage of that.
My role offers me the chance to make a strong impression on visitors of all ages about the importance of worldwide conservation of species in so many ways. Education is a vital element of the modern zoo and I’m thrilled that I can influence the minds of young conservationists!
I joined the zoo back in the summer of 2015 as a Seasonal Education Officer. I had just finished my degree on BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Myerscough and was given a great opportunity at the zoo. I now book in all the groups and schools for their educational visits to the zoo.
I also oversee the work experience students and the yearlong internships. During school holidays I also play a more prominent role in the talks and activities with the public.
I started as a summer seasonal in June 2018 and I had the great opportunity to be kept on as the Conservation and Sustainability Education Officer for the zoo. This role includes many aspects of zoo life from arranging events for the conservation charities we support and keeping in contact with them and their worldwide projects, to making sure we are as eco-friendly as possible in every aspect of the Zoo.
As I previously studied a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation and MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation the opportunity to incorporate education and apply this to a zoo where conservation is represented in both breeding programmes within the zoo and supporting the wild populations is fantastic and a dream job.
I was fortunate enough to start as Research and Education Officer on the 1st November 2018 after completing my BSc in Animal Conservation Science and gaining a position as aeasonal education assistant last summer. My main role is to support higher education research students with their projects from start to finish. My other roles include educational talks, lessons, outreach programmes and learning programmes.
It also my responsibility to promote opportunities such as research assistant and work based learning volunteers and to support them throughout their time here at Blackpool Zoo. I strive to encourage a wide variety of research topics throughout different departments within the zoo and I also promote opportunities for students to share their research projects with the wider zoo community.
I have been Blackpool Zoo’s Graphic Designer since July 2005 and I produce everything from leaflets, posters, adverts and the guide book, to all the animal identification signs you see around the park. It is the perfect career for me as it combines my two main passions: creativity and wildlife.
As soon as I could hold a crayon, I was drawing pictures of my childhood pets and this developed into my adulthood when I studied BA(Hons) Scientific and Natural History Illustration, painting and drawing varied wildlife art as well as creating digital design pieces. It was whilst I was studying that I undertook a work experience placement here with my predecessor, and the rest is history!
I am lucky enough to be working at Blackpool Zoo for the Spring/Summer season as part of the education team. I have a fantastic history with Blackpool Zoo, having undertaken a research internship here in 2014 which lead into a seasonal education role. In between this time, I have kept my connection with the zoo strong, both my BSc in Zoo Biology and my MSc in Animal Behaviour included research projects undertaken here with our Bornean orangutans and the newly introduced Asian elephants.
I love engaging with members of the public and sharing the education and conservation message to our visitors. I have lots of responsibilities here at the zoo including talks, farm sessions and giraffe feeds- I love every day as it offers something new and exciting.
I joined the Education Team at Blackpool Zoo in March 2019 having recently completed a degree in Wildlife Conservation. Having visited Blackpool Zoo last year, I instantly fell in love with the place. After listening to the talks, I admired the huge emphasis the zoo places on conservation and animal welfare.
As an education officer at the zoo I am looking forward to getting to know all the animals and the team. My role offers me a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges that endangered species face and highlight the part that we can all play in preserving animals in the wild. It is great to inform and educate at the same time as trying to make sure that a visit to the zoo is fun.
I initially started at Blackpool Zoo in 2010 as a Seasonal Keeper. I moved to Pembrokeshire in 2014 to gain experience as large mammal keeper at Folly Farm and then returned to Blackpool in 2016 to marry Blackpool Zoo Keeper Lauren. Last year I started a new position as Animal Experience Coordinator and Cover Keeper. My days are filled with half day zoo keeper experiences for anyone from an 8 year old child to an 80 year old Grandad! People come from all over the world to enjoy not only the variety of experiences we offer but also my cheeky Geordie charm and bad jokes!