Zoologist Lynda McSweeney talks about her work at Fota Wildlife Park

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Zoologist Lynda McSweeney is Head of Education at Fota Wildlife Park. She tells us about her education and her career path.


I first became interested in zoology as I had a love of animals and a genuine interest in biodiversity conservation. I did an Honours BSc (Zoology) and a Certificate in Business management and graduated in 1992. Since then, I have loved every moment of my career to date!

Excelling in this area calls for a number of factors. You will need excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to disseminate information to students of all ages and an interest in biodiversity conservation. Unfortunately work availability is extremely limited in Ireland. Therefore an interest in travel would be an advantage for those interested in zoology.

The Work

This type of work affords give you the opportunity to combine working outdoors with administration duties.  As a result, it’s a perfect career for anyone interested in conservation of flora and fauna. The job is also attractive to people who wish to combine zoological knowledge in a business environment.

Zoology is an exceptionally rewarding as well as interesting career path to follow. It is important to also acquire additional skills that complement a degree in zoology and may further your career prospects. We regularly update all of our education programmes at Fota Wildlife Park  regular basis.


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