Work Experience

About Bristol Zoo Garden’s Learning Department

The Learning Department is a large department in the Zoo, based in the Conservation Education Centre. Here are some of the teams who work here:

Zoo Rangers- this section engage Zoo guests through delivering animal enclosure talks, and talking to guests in the animal walk-through exhibits

Zoo Education- this large team delivers a wide range of education sessions in four zoo classrooms for groups of 4-18 year olds. They also work on zoo interpretation projects.

Zoo Graphics- four graphic designers and one wildlife illustrator are based in a graphics studio here in the Zoo.

Zoo Library- our librarian manages a specialist collection of resources for students and staff.

Avon Gorge and Downs (AGD) Wildlife Project- the two Education Officers run a range of outdoor education sessions for schools and playschemes. They also organise walks and talks, children’s holiday events and run workshops at community events.

Placements we offer

14 years+: We offer week long placements in the summer term only where you will spend time with the following sections of the Learning Department: Rangers, Education, Library and AGD Wildlife Project. Tasks will include assisting Education Officers in school sessions (in the Zoo and on the Downs) and preparing resources, supporting Rangers in the Zoo, administrative and research tasks, and half a day working with the Zoo Librarian.

16 years+ on animal courses: We offer a small number of placements with the Education section’s Animal Technician and the small animal collection (mainly invertebrates and small reptiles). Tasks will include animal husbandry and administrative duties. We also offer one long-term placement per academic year.

Other HE students: We offer flexible placements to students of related degrees to the Learning Department. Please contact us using the form below stating your area of interest.

How to apply

Applications are open three times a year and will close when the limited places fill up. Please look at the information carefully to see when to apply.

  • Jan, Feb, March April - applications open September 
  • May, Jun, Jul, Aug - applications open from January 
  • Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec - applications open from May 

Please complete the form below if you are interested in a placement with us. You will then be informed about availability. If a place is available, you must attend a short informal interview where you will be shown around the building and meet staff you will be working with. If you are accepted for a work placement, you will then receive a confirmation letter outlining your hours and other details.

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