Conservation and Research Coordinator – Twycross

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Conservation and Research Coordinator

The East Midland Zoological Society has been running Twycross Zoo for almost 60 years in the heart of England close to the town of 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 are home to 500 animals, including one of the largest chimpanzee families in the UK, and our primate collection is up there with the best in the world! We’re the only zoo in the UK to house all four great apes and we care for many other endangered species to the highest welfare standards, including Eastern black rhino, Sumatran tigers, Amur leopards and snow leopards.
Twycross Zoo (TZ) is at the forefront of conservation, education and research. 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. We aim to inspire visitors to support biodiversity conservation in any way they can.
This is an exciting time to join Twycross Zoo as we have recently been awarded £19m grant funding to develop the National Science and Conservation Centre (NSCC) on the Twycross Zoo site. The NSCC will support vital work around species conservation. It will bring 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 and other 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 Conservation and Research Strategy. This will include helping to develop partnerships with Higher Education institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to deliver conservation and research outputs.
You will also help to plan, process, and deliver conservation and research 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
• 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 conservation and/or research project experience, gained ideally in a zoo setting, although could be through an NGO / conservation field work, focused on species or habitat preservation/restoration
• 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 zoos 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.

How to Apply
Shortlisting and interviews for this role will take place while the advert is live; the vacancy will be closed as soon as the successful candidate is appointed. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. All applications for this Conservation and Research Coordinator vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.

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