Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Steppe Forward Programme Intern- Mongolia

Steppe Forward Programme Intern- Mongolia

The Zoological Society of London is looking for an intern to support the Mongolian ‘Steppe Forward Programme’ (SFP) in Ulaanbaatar. The SFP is aimed at tackling conservation issues in Mongolia using a wide range of approaches. These include capacity building, making conservation assessments, producing policy documents, organising and running conservation workshops, and planning and implementing conservation strategies for species such as the wild Bactrian camel and the long-eared jerboa.

The main responsibilities of the successful applicant will include:

- Assisting with the creation of a National Red List for Mongolian birds, including organisation of an assessment workshop and formation of the final product;
- Working with key stakeholders to produce a national species action plan for the Bactrian camel;
- Supporting the ‘Mongolian Wildlife Picture Index’ camera-trapping project;
- Coordinating field-work on Mongolian focal species;
- Attending workshops and networking events and developing contacts and collaborations in Mongolia;
- Launching field-guides of Mongolian Mammals and Birds;
- Writing and developing funding proposals.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of the following essential skills:

A Masters degree in a related subject;

Experience of working overseas;

The ability to work well as part of a team;

Excellent communication skills;

The ability to multitask;

Working with limited supervision to produce work of a high standard;

The ability to use their own initiative in developing projects;

Completing work to deadlines.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of the following desirable skills:

Experience of working in a similar project support role;

Familiarity of conservation issues in Central Asia;

The ability to develop and generate long-term project strategies

The position will be primarily based mainly in the Steppe Forward Programme office at the National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, and free accommodation in a modern apartment in the city will be provided along with a monthly subsistence allowance, return flight from Europe to Ulaanbaatar, visa, and insurance under ZSL’s group travel insurance policy. The internship will last a period of 12 months and is available from July 2009.

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter, detailing relevant experience, skills and a possible start date, by e-mail to

Closing date: Friday July 10th

We regret that we will only be able to contact applicants who have been selected for interview.

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