Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes
Permanent, Full Time
We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.
We’re also a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out.
We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world!
If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes to join our team; coordinating and expanding our suite of projects in these regions that currently include a focus upon Malagasy amphibians and community-based protected area management and, in Mauritius, a range of projects in partnership with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.
• Development and co-ordination of various project activities (in the field, but also linking with related zoo-based activities) to meet regional programme strategic objectives and to achieve maximum conservation impact and benefits to the society
• Facilitation of stakeholder involvement (overseas and within the zoo) to ensure strategic objectives are met, including ensuring effective communication methods are in place
• Working directly with project partners, ensuring field activities are undertaken to the desired standard and as planned, to meet the zoo's project management standards, and to advise and assist with project logistics and administration as required
• Effectively monitor and evaluate conservation activities, including project budgets, to inform management decisions and ensure conservation impact and value for money is achieved
• Disseminate information and assist in the production and presentation of internal and external communications, in various media, to increase conservation awareness of projects and general awareness of Chester Zoo's conservation activities
• Participate in the delivery, publication and presentation of field research to further biodiversity conservation and knowledge
• Provide guidance, advice and training, where required, to field conservation staff (UK and overseas) and members of other Chester Zoo departments to assist in their conservation related activities
The successful candidate will have:
• An MSc or equivalent in a conservation related subject
• An in depth knowledge of the conservation role of zoos
• In depth and wide ranging knowledge of biodiversity conservation and good understanding of conservation theory
• Field research skills and extensive experience in developing countries
• Experience travelling in tropical and developing countries
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, and public speaking experience
• Strong proof reading and editing skills
• An excellent level of computer literacy
• Experience in publishing and presenting scientific material
• Strong organisational skills
• Experience of grant applications
• Some competence in French language skills is also desirable
Although based in the UK at Chester Zoo, this position will require frequent overseas travel.
The salary is £26,449.09 per annum based on 35 hours per week. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits.
To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and a covering letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Field Programme Coordinator, Madagascar & Mascarenes role to http://www.chesterzoo.org/footer/careers.
Closing date for applications is 31st January 2017.
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