AN award-winning conservation and education centre in North Berwick has announced the appointment of a new education officer.
Andrew Grieveson, from Edinburgh, has joined the Scottish Seabird Centre boasting a prolific background in zoology.
He graduated from Cardiff University in 2006 with an honours degree in zoology, before taking his PGCE in secondary science with biology at Bangor University in 2013.
Andrew has applied his knowledge at several schools around England, Wales and Scotland, and has led a range of extra-curricular clubs and societies.
His most recent position was as science teacher at Ross High School, in Tranent, East Lothian, after moving to Scotland at the end of 2014.
Andrew has always been an admirer of everything in wildlife and nature. Most of his childhood memories involve searching the beach for sea creatures.
His interest in animal behaviour and ecology grew when he was thinking about which university courses he would take.
Now he will apply his expertise in dealing with a much bigger audience, of approximately 270,000 people each year, when he takes up his post at one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.
Andrew said: “I’m feeling really excited about being offered this post.
“I have always had a passion for wildlife and zoology, and it’s a thrill to be able to promote these subjects to our young visitors.
“I’ve already seen lots of enthusiastic people visiting the Seabird Centre and they all seem to have learned a lot about the importance of our coastal environments as well as enjoying their experience.
“I love teaching and being able to introduce new ideas and concepts to young minds, and this job allows me to combine this with my love of nature and conservation.”
Tom Brock OBE, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We welcome thousands of school children to the centre every year as part of our curriculum-linked education programmes.
“Andrew’s role is a vital one for the charity as we aim to engage, inform and inspire even more young people about our amazing wildlife and marine environment.
“His experience is ideally suited to the work we do and we are really excited about the changes Andrew can implement, to ensure we continue to offer award-winning and inspiring programmes for people of all ages.”
Andrew has always been an avid learner and would consider a doctorate, but right now his focus is on educating daily visitors to the centre.
He added: “Teaching children about the wonders of Scotland’s coastal environment is what I want to do and I am thrilled to be able to do so every day.”