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Conservation and Research Coordinator

Job Details
  • 4898
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Atherstone, Warwickshire
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • Salary up to £21,588 + excellent benefits package

Conservation and Research Coordinator

East Midland Zoological Society has been running Twycross Zoo for almost 60 years in the heart of England in Atherstone. We are an award-winning conservation and science-led zoo, and are a registered charity, welcoming over half a million people every year.

We house 500 animals which include the largest chimpanzee family in the UK and the biggest primate collection in the world. We are the only zoo in Europe to house all 4 great apes – Gorilla, Orangutan, Bonobo and Chimpanzee, and we care for some of the most endangered and precious lives to the highest welfare standards, including Sumatran Tigers, Amur Leopards and Snow Leopards.

Twycross Zoo is at the forefront of conservation, education and research, and we have a strong commitment to our award-winning education programme, aiming to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding of visitors about our animals and their plight in the wild.

This is an exciting time to join Twycross Zoo as we have recently been awarded £20m grant funding to develop the National Science and Conservation Centre on the Twycross Zoo site. The NSCC will support vital work around species conservation, bringing together experts in conservation science and train the next generation of conservationists, whilst offering researchers from around the world the opportunity to study the four great apes as well as 100 endangered species, in naturalistic complex environments. The facilities will include a lecture theatre, classrooms, and laboratories, all planned to open in 2024.

The Role – Conservation and Research Coordinator

Reporting to the Conservation and Research Manager, you will support the delivery of our Research and Conservation Strategy. This will include helping to develop partnerships with Higher Education institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations to deliver conservation and research outputs.

You will also help to plan, process, and deliver research and conservation activities through maintaining records, organising events, and supporting the effective communication of activities both internally and externally.

The Package

  • Permanent contract
  • Salary up to £21,588
  • 31 days annual leave
  • Staff membership card giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off
  • Complimentary Twycross Zoo ticket allowance for friends and family
  • Free access to other BIAZA zoos and aquariums
  • 25% discount in the Twycross Zoo gift shop
  • 10% discount in Twycross Zoo food and beverage outlets
  • Free onsite parking
  • Star of the month award scheme
  • Access to work counselling services

You’ll be working Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm, although flexibility will be required to cover research and conservation events.

Our Requirements – Conservation and Research Coordinator

  • An undergraduate degree in an animal or conservation science topic, including research project experience, gained ideally in a zoo setting, although could be through NGO / conservation field work, within a sanctuary, or perhaps with habitat restoration or biodiversity
  • A thorough understanding and interest of the role of zoos in conservation and research
  • Ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders, nationally and internationally
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent customer service skills and willingness to provide operational support to other departments as required
  • Flexibility towards working hours and duties

You will be required to undertake first aid training to achieve a First Aid at Work certificate and become part of the zoo’s on call first aid rota.

Although not essential, a master’s degree is desirable, as is experience of supporting research and/or conservation projects in a similar setting.

All applications for this Conservation and Research Coordinator vacancy are to be submitted online.

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