Learning Technology Officer
Location: Edinburgh Zoo
The Royal Zoological Society of
Scotland (RZSS) owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park
in Kingussie. Both parks are premier
visitor attractions of Scotland that provide an amazing animal experience as
well as an excellent day out! RZSS has a
worldwide reputation for its conservation and education programmes, and the
very heart of our mission is to connect people with nature and safeguard
species from extinction. We’ve been a
charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to
ensure a sustainable, bright and exciting future.
As well as our wonderful animals we have a highly professional,
diverse and friendly staff community too.
So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very
interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!
As part of
our Discovery & Learning Team you will be engaged with our formal education
programmes supporting education officers in the delivery of online resources
for use in face to face and distance learning.
presents an excellent opportunity for a creative, supportive individual with
proven ability to take the initiative and work in partnership with others to
take the use of learning technology across the society to a new level. This is
an exciting time to join the team as we increase the use of our virtual
learning environment (Moodle), consider the use of e-portfolios and more
generally consider the role of learning technology at Edinburgh Zoo and the
Highland Wildlife Park.
will involve performing all duties associated with the smooth running of the
discovery and learning VLE to support the RZSS formal education programme. This
will include the development of pre-and post-visit activities for all age
ranges from nursery to research students and on many different subjects from
bears to evolution and adaptation to genetics. We are looking for an
experienced Learning Technologist who has worked collaboratively to produce a
variety of media, is happy to take on new challenges and will constantly keep
up to date with new innovations in learning technology. We are particularly
interested in the use of augmented reality, open badges, skype virtual
fieldtrips, immersive teaching spaces and introducing more digital interactives
across both sites as part of our interpretation programme for public
involves working closely with the entire team including outreach programmes and
delivering training to the team as required.
successful candidate will demonstrate an enthusiasm and passion for wildlife
and conservation and engaging people in this topic. Although a good knowledge
and understanding of wildlife and the environment is desirable it is more
important to demonstrate an ability to take any information and turn it into an
engaging learning experience through the effective use of technology.
Experience of working with different learner needs (ages, abilities) both in
formal and informal education and an awareness of accessibility and usability
issues is an advantage. Previous experience of coordinating an online learning environment,
supporting the use of learning technology in the classroom (and outdoors) and working
with IT and education providers is desirable. Ability to problem-solve, to work
independently and in a team on desired outcomes to agreed timescales,
essential. A degree in a related subject or relevant experience is desirable. The successful candidate will possess good
communication and project management skills – specifically the ability to manage
priorities and deliver within budget.
This is a 3-year
fixed term contract and a full-time position.
The working hours are 37.5 hours per week. This post involves occasional
work away from Edinburgh throughout the year, mainly at Highland Wildlife Park.
This post is
subject to a PVG check
date: Sunday 16 April 2017
For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS
vacancy page and follow the instructions.
Our mission is Connecting people
with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction.
The RZSS strives to be an equal
Registered Charity SC004064