Dartmoor Zoo – PL7 5DG
In a Nutshell
We are looking for a new team member to coordinate and support Armed Forces Veterans to
develop new skills and engage with others whilst connecting with nature, with the aim to improve
overall wellbeing and grow social connections.
The ‘Wellness through Nature’ Project Coordinator will be responsible for the operational delivery,
monitoring, and reporting on the project.
This post is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Force for Change Programme.
This project expands on Dartmoor Zoo’s Wellbeing Programme. It will provide 60 Veterans (four
groups of 15) with the opportunity to be part of a team completing practical, educational or
interactive projects at Dartmoor Zoo.
Each group will attend once a week for 12 weeks, and there will be 4 groups over 12 months. There
will also be two celebratory events at the zoo for the Veterans, their families and friends to
showcase and celebrate their achievements and make connections with others.
The Veterans will be fully involved in the planning and logistics of their chosen project enabling them
to take ownership, lead on delivery and through their successes grow their skills, self-esteem and
The projects can be based around, but not limited to:
− Building and/or improving animal enclosures
− Maintaining public spaces and gardens
− Upgrading children’s play areas
− Developing and making enrichment items for animals
− Research into wildlife behaviours
− Animal care and husbandry
− Development of communication skills to engage with visitors
− Discovery & Learning within the Education Dept
− Customer Service in Catering & Retail
These are your main tasks
− Making connections with Armed Forces organisations in the area to develop relationships
and identify individuals who could benefit from the project.
− Working with the Zoo team to set up a varied programme of activities to suit different needs
− Being the main contact for connecting with and enabling Veterans to access the project
− Organising and facilitating the project delivery, with support from relevant zoo departments.
− Keeping accurate records of activity involvement and attendance.
− Monitoring and evaluation of successful outcomes for project beneficiaries.
− Reporting on the outcomes of the project as a whole.
− Organising two celebratory events at the zoo, with support from the relevant zoo teams.
The Perfect Fit
We’d expect you to:
− Have an understanding of the different needs of Armed Forces Veterans
− Have experience within the voluntary/community sector in a paid or unpaid capacity
− Have some project management experience
− Be self-motivated and an ideas person with a ‘can do’ attitude
− Have a conscientious and accurate approach to work
− Be calm under pressure and able to empathise with others
− Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
− Have experience working as part of a team, as well as the ability to work independently
− Be adaptable with good time management skills
− Have a full UK Driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes
Duration: 12 months from April 2022 to March 2023
Hours: 10 hours per week, which may include the occasional weekend or evening with additional
hours required from time to time
Rate of pay : £10.50 per hour
This post is subject to a Disclosure Check through the Disclosure and Barring Service. Further
details can be found at www.gov.uk/dbs
For further information or to express interest, please get in touch with the Employment & Education team via this email address or on 023 9298 1920.
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