Friday, September 12, 2014

Field Programme Coordinator

Field Programme Coordinator

Chester Zoo

Full Time permanent (35 hours per week)

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo, providing visitors with a fun-packed day out, but with a serious mission - to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide.

To save species from extinction we need dedicated and passionate individuals. We are recruiting a Field Programme Coordinator to work with like-minded individuals in our Field Programmes Team. You’ll also be working closely with various other zoo teams who contribute to our conservation work and, of course, with our partners overseas.

Through our flagship conservation programmes we have major commitments to save threatened species and habitats in a range of biodiversity hotspots worldwide. The Field Programme Coordinator will take forward the development of an exciting new phase of our Nigeria Programme, a major component of which is protecting the wildlife of Gashaka Gumti National Park, one of West Africa’s last wildernesses. You will work closely with project partners, including our field staff, the in-country project manager, the Nigerian National Park Service, local communities and our academic partners, to coordinate and develop this programme. Depending on experience and knowledge you’ll also be involved in other conservation programmes and activities.

The Field Programme Coordinator will need to be someone who understands biodiversity conservation (in-situ and ex-situ) – not only the theory, but also practical experience of how to transfer theory into action to deliver results. We are looking for someone with a minimum of an MSc or equivalent in a conservation related subject and experience of managing conservation projects. The Field Programme Coordinator will coordinate research to meet conservation aims and will need field research experience and experience in publishing and presenting scientific material.

Superb communications skills will be vital; the Field Programme Coordinator will need to be an excellent communicator, able to work in different cultures and negotiate effective partnerships to achieve project objectives. We also need to tell the world what we are doing, bring in funding and make the most of the varied expertise we have in the zoo – so you’ll be working closely with many different zoo teams such as Discovery & Learning, Marketing & Development and the curators and keepers.

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week, Monday-Friday) mainly based at Chester Zoo, but with significant periods spent in the field. The salary is £25,865 per annum for a 35 hour week.
Should you require any further information regarding the role, please contact Scott Wilson, Head of Field Programmes in the first instance at

To apply for this position please email with your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Field Programme Coordinator role.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30th September 2014.

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