14 April 2023

Join London Zoo's Community and Learning Team for this exciting New To Nature Placement opportunity and start your career working for wildlife.

Placement Title: Community and Learning Trainee
Contract Type: 12 months, fixed term
Location: ZSL London Zoo
Hours: 35 per week
Pay: £11.90 per hour
Start Date: 17th July 2023

New To Nature

New to Nature is an exciting programme of paid work placements in nature-focused roles. This is one of 70 roles that will be created across the UK to encourage new and diverse talent into the Natural Environment sector. 
You’ll get paid a good wage from a placement that helps the environment, learn loads of skills to boost your CV and get access to an Employment Coach to help you plan your future career. There’ll also be opportunities to learn about potential careers in the natural environment, and (should you wish to) connect with the other young people working in New to Nature roles across the country. 
This is a unique opportunity to try something new, and to take a first step on a career path where you can make a real difference. The natural environment needs you!

Role Description

The Community and Learning Trainee at ZSL London Zoo will support the work of the three strands of the Community and Learning Department – the ‘Learning Programme’ offering workshops for school aged students, the ‘Careers and Youth Programme’ offering vocational and work-based learning opportunities for learners from under-represented backgrounds and the ‘Community Programme’ offering courses, workshops and events for people in our targeted community groups. 

The trainee will:

  • Support the team with administration, coordination and delivery of C&L activities 
  • Be supported to gain wide-ranging delivery experience including workshops, talks and tours
  • Work with a diverse audience in a visitor-facing role
  • Assist with a new project that aims to create pathways from engagement activities to employment, specifically for under-represented groups
  • Be able to join organisation-wide working groups
  • Work with different teams across the organisation
  • Be able to identify and explore areas of work that are of personal interest to them

We’re particularly interested in receiving applications from young people (aged 18-25) who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, who are living with a disability or are from low-income households.

For more information, please see the:

vacancy placement pack

Please have a look at the Groundwork website for more details of other New To Nature opportunities: New to Nature - Groundwork


You can apply for this placement via the following link:

Apply now

This is hosted by Groundwork UK who will monitor applications, before passing them to ZSL, who will shortlist applicants for a selection process. 

Application close at 5pm on Wednesday 17th May.


Two students visitng the penguins at London Zoo
Students looking at the giant tortoises