The aim of our Transition Year program is to teach people how a zoo facility works, and give them a taster as to what it might be like to work in that area as a career. Animals need to be cleaned and given fresh water daily but there are also come other tasks that need to be done as well such as morphometrics and fecal samples to make sure that the animals are in good health.
These tasks are designed to not only help the animals, feeding, food collection, clean waters etc., but also to help the student learn more about the animals themselves. Cleaning the windows is an important first task for all students who enter the zoo. Cleaning the outside windows of the exhibits gives the student knowledge of where in the zoo the animal is. They are also instructed to observe the animal in the exhibit as well as read the information card on that given animal. It gives students the opportunity to understand a bit more of the animal’s behaviour before they come in contact with them.
Students will get a wide range of experience here in the zoo. Jobs range from cleaning exhibits and windows to administrative work. Most aspects of running/working in a zoo are visited over the work placement so that a student leaves with a full understanding of a work place.
When applying, students are asked to;
- Complete the online application form
- Send in a current Curriculum Vitae with 2 referees
- A copy of Schools Insurance Certificate with “The National Reptile Zoo” named and indemnified on their policy for the duration of the work placement period.
All applications for work placements are treated the same as if a person were applying for a job in the zoo. At the end of their placement, the student is then given an exit interview to let them know how their placement went and if there are any areas that the student may work on as they go out to work in the future.