Estuaries and Wetlands Intern

  • Contract
  • London
  • Posted 3 weeks ago



We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Through our unrivalled animal experts in our
two zoos (London zoo and Whipsnade Zoo), the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated
conservationists, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals
going extinct. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to
achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and
wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink
of extinction.

Role Profile

The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of ZSL’s ‘Restoring the Thamescape’ project
which aims to restore seagrass, native oyster, and saltmarsh habitat across the Greater Thames
Estuary, and to support the delivery of Thames European Eel Conservation projects. The post
holder may also have the opportunity to support other aquatic habitat and species conservation
projects within the Estuaries and Wetlands programme and will gain experience at a globally
respected conservation organisation. The post holder will work closely with Project Officers
and Project Managers in the Estuaries and Wetlands team.

Please note: This role is for 9 months/4 days a week and is predominately field based with
projects on the River Thames and Thames Estuary, therefore, proximity to London is essential.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will include a substantial element of coastal and river fieldwork support
related to our conservation work in the Thames catchment. Additional responsibilities may

  • Support with fieldwork
  • Coordination of volunteers
  • Updating and maintaining databases of survey results, ensuring accuracy of inputting
  • Data analysis and report writing
  • Representing ZSL at meetings and events
  • Providing general support to other projects in the Estuaries and Wetlands Programme

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Have some relevant experience in marine/aquatic sciences or similar subject matter
  • Demonstrate experience of and willingness to carry out fieldwork
  • Have experience of working as part of a team and of working independently using own
  • Have competence in using MS office packages, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Have the ability to manage and manipulate datasets.
  • Have familiarity with managing competing priorities.
  • Demonstrate high accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Have good communication skills for written reports and stakeholder engagement.
  • This role will require carrying out fieldwork in challenging conditions, and a confidence
    around water will be necessary.
  • This post will require extensive outside working with direct exposure to the weather.
  • This post may require occasional work during evenings and/or weekends.
  • A full manual driving license is required for this role and to be confident of driving
    through London and around south-east England.

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and celebrate the value of having a
team of employees with diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds. We actively encourage
applications from disabled and ethnic minority candidates as those demographics are currently
under-represented across ZSL. 

What do we offer? 

You will have access to a blended program of Wellbeing initiatives, including confidential
access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program as well as regular webinars and activities
around mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. The opportunity to be part of an
organisation that is committed to improving diversity and inclusion.

Other benefits include 25 days holiday per annum, life assurance, stakeholder pension (ZSL will
also match further contributions you may choose to make up to a further 5% – limited to 12%
employer contributions), complimentary zoo tickets with a 30% discount in shops and online,
subsidised canteen, enhanced paternity and maternity leave, season ticket loan, cycle to work
scheme, discounted gym membership and access to a wide range of learning and development

Ultimately, you’ll know that you’ll help us to inspire, inform and empower people to stop
wildlife going extinct.

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and
skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability).

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) on 12 March 2023

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