Chester Zoo is currently on the lookout for somebody to take on the “exciting” role of Weekend Zoo Ranger.
The UK’s leading charity zoo is currently recruiting for a ‘Weekend Zoo Ranger’, which is described as a “key role” that works as part of the Conservation Education and Engagement Team to develop and deliver material to engage visitors with the plant and animal collection, the the zoo’s worldwide conservation work through a range of “diverse, fun, and exciting” educational experiences.
The role is said to be “central to the visitor’s experience” at the zoo.
According to Chester Zoo, those who apply for the “pivotal” role of Weekend Zoo Range will be required to:
Interact with visitors of all ages.
Interact with audiences up to 500 people on a sound system.
Deliver across a wide range of mediums – including talks, table-top activities, play based activities, and storytelling.
Manage two animal walkthroughs (Fruit Bat Forest and Lemurs).
If you’re after a change of career in 2022, then it surely doesn’t get much better than this?
Ideal candidates for the role will need to have sound knowledge of conservation, ecology and biology, good written and verbal communication skills, a dynamic and creative mind, excellent time management, and planning and customer service skills, with experience of working in the zoo education field, and knowledge of Chester Zoo’s animal collection and conservation work, an advantage.
Due to the nature of the organisation and the role, this is subject to a DBS check.
What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work then?
Well, as the UK’s “biggest and best” zoo, the zoo has ambitious goals, exciting plans, and an inclusive and diverse organisation that’s made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members.
“We know how important it is to invest in our colleagues to help boost their career development,” Chester Zoo says.
The ‘Weekend Zoo Ranger’ role is a permanent part-time position with a minimum requirement to work 21 hours per two weeks with regular weekend work, and there’s also 33 days annual leave pro-rata (based on a 40 hour week)
You will be paid £10.16 per hour for the role.
Benefits include a staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends, access to healthcare plan, and an employer contributory pension scheme.
Fancy it? If you’d like to be in the running for the Weekend Zoo Ranger role, then you can stick an application in via the Chester Zoo website before the closing date of 27/02/22 here.
Rashford explains heartbreaking reason behind his celebration after wonder free-kick against Wales
On Tuesday night, Marcus Rashford lit up what had previously been an underwhelming final group game against Wales with what we can only describe as an absolute stunner of a free-kick.
Swapping out his usual knuckleball technique for a whipped but equally fast-paced finish into the top right corner, the 25-year-old wheeled away to celebrate with the travelling fans but not long after, he dropped to his news and pointed to the sky.
While not an entirely uncommon celebration in the world of football, it did seem like a somewhat muted reaction from the Man United forward, especially after such an incredible opening goal.
Speaking to media after the game, it turns out Rashford‘s celebration was dedicated to a close friend who passed away a couple of days prior.
As the Wythenshawe-born star went on to explain, choosing to point to the sky for the celebration was his way of paying tribute to a friend who sadly died following a long battle with cancer.
The joint-leading goalscorer this World Cup went on to say, “I’m pleased I managed to score for him, he’s always been a big supporter of mine. He’s just a great person to have come into my life”. Heartbreaking.
As confirmed by several outlets after the press conference, Rashford’s late friend was Garfield Hayward, a 35-year-old also from Manchester, who is said to have passed away last week.
Nicknamed ‘Garf’, his nephew wrote on social media: “My heart is hurting so much knowing I won’t see you again in this life… it won’t be the same without you being here… You didn’t have a bad bone in your body you would give anything and everything you could with even a single bit of hesitation.” So touching.
It was no wonder Rashford himself was so quick to go and celebrate with his loved ones after the fact.
Rashford made it three goals in as many games at Qatar 2022 following his wonderful free-kick and equally well-worked second goal, with fellow Manc Phil Foden scoring the second goal only seconds after the opener.
England now face Senegal in the Round of 16 and the way these two lads looked on the night, we expect Manchester to be putting on a show come the weekend.
TV doctor Ranj Singh calls out racist joke made at British Curry Awards ceremony
This week, the British Curry Awards held a glitzy black-tie ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the UK’s curry industry.
The prestigious ceremony, also informally known as the ‘Curry Oscars’, takes place every year – seeing a number of awards handed out to the best Asian restaurants across the country.
However, this year’s event was sullied when a white guest presenter made a racist joke on stage, asking: “Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.”
Taking to Twitter after the event last night, TV Doctor and personality Ranj Singh blasted the presenter who made the joke, asking his 174,000 followers “I’m sorry but how is this OK?”
The TV Doctor then went on to release a statement, in which he first said he was “honoured and privileged to be invited as a guest” to the ceremony before continuing to outline why he was ” not the only person that felt uncomfortable tonight.”
Singh asked how the awards ceremony could truly be representing the Asian community fairly when “the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers on stage are over 90% white”, a racist joke is made on stage, and organisers were “auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill”, whose relationship with Indian (and Bengali people specifically) is known to have been problematic.
The tweet, shared by Singh on the social media platform last night, has been liked over 1,000 times and retweeted more than 300 at the time of writing.
He then signed off for the evening, writing: “The number of people trying to justify an inappropriate and racist joke on here is saddening. But then again this is Twitter.”
Others have since taken to the platform to agree with Singh, with used David B tweeting: “I couldn’t summarise this better myself.
“The organisers did not consider that #RepresentationMatters – it felt uncomfortable to see so many white people to present, host and judge the awards when there are so many others that could have EASILY represented the community.”
Every year the awards ceremony welcomes a number of high-profile figures, including prominent personalities from the worlds of politics, sport, showbiz and entertainment alongside celebrity chefs and curry restaurant owners and their staff from across the country.
In previous years, attendees have included cricketer Azeem Rafiq, Love Island contestant Priya Gopaldas, and The Apprentice winner Sian Gabbidon.
Following the awards ceremony, organisers have said that an investigation is now under way.