Fighting Extinction Schools Mentoring Program

A unique opportunity to collaborate with a Zoos Victoria Teacher on your own Fighting Extinction project.

Program description

Zoos Victoria’s Fighting Extinction Schools Mentoring Program is an opportunity for Teacher Members to design a unique Fighting Extinction educational program with the support of a highly skilled Zoo Teacher. 

The Mentoring Program invites you to pitch a series of lessons, an ongoing project, or unit of work that would be enhanced by the input of a Zoo Teacher. Mentors will be available for input into the programs’ design and provide invaluable guidance and access to exclusive Zoos Victoria resources. Teacher Members from all sectors and year levels are welcome to apply 

At the end of the Mentoring process, you will be asked to create a 2-3min video overviewing your project to be included in the next Fighting Extinction Schools Digital Showcase

Important Dates 

The next Mentoring session runs between:

  • Session 2 – 30 August – 17 December 2021 

Note: No Mentoring to occur during school holidays  

Applications for this Session is now open and close on COB Friday 13 August 2021.  

Applicationwill be assessed, and successful candidates notified no later than COB Friday 20 August 2021. 

Apply Now 

Click here to apply, Mentoring Application.

For questions about the Fighting Extinction Schools Mentoring Project, contact the Fighting Extinction Schools Coordinator, 

Meet the mentors

Amanda Knights 
Gen Johnson 
Geraint Stirling 
Rebecca Gray 
Shaan Noble 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How will my Mentor be chosen?

Successful applications will be matched to Mentors with the most complementary experience and knowledge for the proposed project. 

Do I have to be a Victorian Teacher / Teacher Member to be part of the program?

Yes, Zoos Victoria prioritises Victorian Teachers and the generous support of our Teacher Members makes this, and many other of our Zoo Education programs, possible.  

Will my Mentor be working directly with my student?

Because the Mentoring Program aims to create projects that will be continue beyond the mentoring time, the Mentor’s primary role will be to assist in the design of an education program rather than running the program itself.

How often will I connect with my Mentor?

Each Mentor has around 45 minutes a week allocated to work with you. Use of this time is negotiable with your Mentor based on your needs and their availability. Multiple weeks of mentoring time can be strategically shifted to key points in the project design. 

How do I meet with my Mentor?

School mentoring is designed to be a flexible, mixed delivery program. This means that you can work with you Mentor to find a blend of platforms best suited to your collective needs and skills. This might mean a mix of video conferencing, phone calls, emails and the occasional face to face meeting where possible. Schools from all over Victoria can be a part of the program.  

What if my project will take less time to design than the allocated mentoring periods?

If a project design finishes early, your Mentor will still be available to work with you on the program as you reflect on your practice and plan for future improvements.  

What does my program need to be about?

Your program can be about anything, so long as it involves learning about wildlife and authentic conservation action appropriate for students at their year level.  Examples of previous Fighting Extinction Schools projects can be found on the Fighting Extinction Schools Digital Showcase. You can also refer to the Mentoring Project Design Tips document for additional support and inspiration.