Project Officer

  • Contract
  • London
  • Posted 4 weeks ago

Zoological Society of London

Position Details:

Position: Project Officer – Habitats (Conservation and Policy Department,
Full-time, 12 months Fixed-term contract) 

Salary: £31,354 (Inclusive of London weighting) 

Location: ZSL Regents Park

Overview of the Role

The post-holder will deliver project activities which contribute to the recovery of UK wetland
ecosystems. The post-holder will have a combination of office-based and site-based
responsibilities focussed on coastal habitat conservation as noted in the Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Delivery of field activities to facilitate recovery of coastal habitats e.g., seagrass,
    saltmarsh, and native oyster
  • Coordination and safe leading of interns and volunteers in the field to deliver practical
    tasks in potentially challenging environmental conditions
  • Project administration including licence and permit applications for field activities
  • Preparation of scientific/technical outputs which will require accurate data input and
    management, data analysis, GIS mapping, interpretation, and communication of the findings as
    appropriate to the audience

Please click here for a full Job Description.

The ideal candidate will:


  • Educated to MSc degree level in marine conservation/environmental or natural
    sciences/ecology, or related subject, or equivalent qualification, or demonstrate such a level
    of equivalent qualifications and experience through relevant practical work experience
  • Experience undertaking scientific fieldwork in challenging environments
  • Proven experience in managing large datasets, undertaking data analysis and preparation of
    scientific reports
  • Advanced skills in using MS Office packages, specifically Excel and PowerPoint, or
    equivalent software packages will be acceptable
  • Good knowledge and experience in GIS
  • Ability to communicate with a range of audiences
  • Able to demonstrate high accuracy and attention to detail whether in the form of
    documentation or data inputting
  • Familiarity with managing competing priorities and delegating effectively
  • Full UK driving licence

This post will require extensive outside working with direct exposure to the weather and
challenging environmental conditions including rough terrain and some lifting of equipment.

This post requires a moderate number of long days in the field including early starts and late
finishes. Occasional work during evenings and weekends.

This post is a blended role for office (Regent’s Park), field work, with some opportunity for
occasional home working.

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and celebrate the value of having a
team of employees with diverse skills, experiences, and heritage. We are committed to ensuring
our teams can bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination. ZSL has
active equality networks for our staff with lived experience and those who provide active
allyship in Race and Culture, Team Pride, Disability Network, and Menopause Network,
complemented by our strategic EDI Steering Group.

About Us

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Through our unrivalled animal experts in our
two conservation 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. 

What do we offer? 

At ZSL, we are proud of our approach to employee benefits. Our benefits include: 

  • Our vision and purpose – you’ll work alongside colleagues who are passionate about
    science-led conservation, knowing that you will help us to inspire, inform and empower people
    to stop wildlife going extinct
  • Pension scheme - we offer a generous pension scheme with up to 12% contributory pension
  • Flexible working – talk to us about your flexible working requirements and we will do
    everything we can to make sure you work in a way that suits you
  • Holidays – 25 days annual leave allowance, plus UK bank holidays
  • Wellbeing – access to a blended programme of wellbeing initiatives, including confidential
    access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme
  • Complimentary tickets – annual allocation of Whipsnade Zoo and London Zoo tickets, with a
    30% discount in online and retail shops
  • Cycle2Work – our cycle to work scheme enables you to lease a bicycle
  • Season ticket loan – we offer an interest free loan to buy a season ticket for travel
    between home and work
  • Family friendly policies – we offer enhanced maternity and paternity packages

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) and can do
this by clicking the “Apply for this job online” button. If you require any
reasonable adjustments, please contact [email protected] 

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) on 19th November 2023 

Provisional interview date: 29th November 2023

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no.

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