A cup of tea with... Sue Jordan
Published: Oct 6, 2017Find out more about our newly appointed Volunteer Coordinator Sue Jordan in this exclusive article...
Hi there, my name’s Zoe and I’m the marketing assistant at Newquay Zoo. This second article in the 'cup of tea with' series will give you an insight into a day in the life of our newly appointed volunteer co-ordinator, Sue Jordan.
TEA OR COFFEE?
Tea, always tea, with just a splash of milk
PERFECT BISCUIT ACCOMPANIMENT?
I’m not really a massive biscuit person, but I am partial to Kit-Kat
WHAT IS A NORMAL DAY LIKE FOR YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO?
My work routine is changing rapidly. When I first started it was all about the launch of my role within the site, as previously the role was managed a bit differently, and about launching the new volunteer programme. Now its much more about responding to emails.
I’m in for three days a week, for 15 hours. My days change every week so I can catch up with all the volunteers as often as I can.
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU WORKED HERE?
I’ve always worked for charities and in the social welfare sector mainly, I worked within this sector for 20 or so years. After that I decided to step outside my comfort zone and become a mature student at Cornwall College doing a foundation degree in Zoological conservation which was then followed by a top up degree, whilst volunteering and doing work experience here, in applied zoology and graduated in 2014. In between 2014 and now I moved away and was working in a sailing club, which I loved. But I loved and missed Cornwall too much so decided to come back and I guess… now I’m here.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST IN THE COMING YEAR?
I suppose on the work front, I’m looking forward to the programme taking off and starting to get new volunteers in. Volunteering is a win-win really it's nice to see people who are experiencing something different whilst at the same time supporting staff within the Zoo because they love it. I’m really looking forward to seeing that take off. The volunteer roles that we have avaliable at present only went online last week and we’ve started to have quite a bit of interest. So it's moving quickly.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ANIMAL?
Do you know I don’t actually have a favourite. I like different ones for all sorts of reasons. When I studied here I spent a lot of time studying the wildebeests, which are really great animals and can be really difficult to hold in a collection which makes them great for research. I find myself now popping up just to see how they’re getting on and what they’re up to occasionally. I love otters and tapirs too. I spent some time in Belize hand rearing tapirs so I’ll always have a soft spot for them. So yeah- I don’t have a particular favourite but I like lots for different reasons.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
There’s a family feel to this place. When I started doing my research here I got drawn into that, and coming back now it feels like home. It was really lovely to come in and feel at home straight away. I love the environment here- it’s a fabulous place and a nice site to be in. The people are a main reason really, they’re all so supportive and welcoming.
IF THERE WAS ONE ANIMAL YOU COULD HAVE IN THE ZOO WHAT WOULD IT BE?
That is a challenge. If space wasn’t an issue it would have to be Elephants- I love elephants. Looking at the other side of it I really love Birds of Paradise Hummingbirds in particular- they’re just beautiful.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Newquay Zoo please check out our vacancies here.