Stirling teacher completes placement

22 August 2018

David spent time working with our keepers

Blair Drummond Safari Park provided a Stirling Council teacher the opportunity to volunteer at the Safari Park as part of a national programme that aims to better prepare young people for the world of work.

In May this year Mr David Paterson, a biology teacher at St Modan’s High School in Stirling, took part in a three-day volunteer placement at the Safari Park.  The purpose of this hands-on experience was to provide him with a greater understanding of the employment opportunities available for young people wanting to work with animals. Mr Paterson has worked as a teacher for six years.

 “I wasn’t quite sure exactly what to expect,” explains David, “and this placement provided insight into a number of different roles in the day-to-day running of a safari park.”

“Perhaps the biggest surprise was the work done by zoo keepers, which includes aspects of veterinary care alongside day-to-day duties such as cleaning, training, food preparation, and monitoring the animal’s behaviour and health.”

There are many work experience opportunities at Blair Drummond Safari Park. Head of Education Katie Macfarlane tells us more:

“We co-ordinate over one hundred work experience and voluntary placements every year at Blair Drummond, mostly for university or college students who are studying relevant courses with a requirement for practical experience."

 "David’s placement was organised as part of the Forth Valley Developing the Young Workforce employment strategy, which aims to help support young people into employment. The insights gained will support his careers advice available to pupils at St Modan’s and hopefully encourage them to consider the exciting career opportunities that exist within a Safari Park.”

Click here for more information on voluntary opportunities within Blair Drummond Safari Park.