Friday, November 11, 2011

Conservation Researcher

Conservation Researcher

The Field Conservation and Research Division of the North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) is seeking a Conservation Researcher to join its team to assist in the administration, coordination and development of field conservation programmes.

This role involves:

  • Research: assistance with the development and coordination of research projects, data collection and/or coordination of data collection, data entry and statistical analysis.
  • Project management assistance (with an emphasis on developing new, or promoting existing, trade related initiatives and support for the Assam Haathi Project): assistance with general project administration tasks, including reporting-writing, preparation of grant applications, background research and the coordination of sub-initiatives, as well as participation in project meetings.
  • Writing: assisting with scientific papers, articles, press releases, project reports and any other related writing that as required
  • Travel and field work: several short trips overseas and/or within the UK may be required.

Candidates should have completed a Masters degree in conservation science or a closely related subject, have excellent subject background knowledge of conservation topics. Specific knowledge and/or experience of the issue of species conservation, wildlife trade, or human-wildlife conflict is advantageous. The candidate should have experience from previous employment in conservation. He or she should be able to demonstrate experience of carrying out research, and have excellent English writing skills. The candidate should also be highly organized and have proven skills in researching and summarizing information and drafting scientific reports or papers. Preferred additional skills and experience include: field travel experience, statistics, website maintenance, and knowledge of any other languages.

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm), based at Chester Zoo. The salary is £15,907.50 per annum, increasing to £17,675 upon successful completion of the 6 month probationary period based on 2012 pay grade projection. The contract is initially for 11 months, with possible extension dependent on performance, budget and future strategic direction of the zoo’s conservation programmes.

To apply please contact Chester Zoo’s recruitment line on 01244 389477 or email  for an application form. Your application will need to include this form, your curriculum vitae, and a sample from your own written work to demonstrate writing skills (maximum 1000 words). The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 22nd November 2011.


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