Site Ecologist

Chester Zoo

£31,999 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018   7 days left

Site Ecologist

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.

Chester Zoo also has a well-established Field Programmes Department responsible for co-ordinating a diverse portfolio of field conservation projects worldwide. Through our six regional field conservation programmes we prevent the extinction of threatened species in a range of biodiversity hotspots worldwide.

Our extensive regional conservation networks are diverse, and field activities involve collaboration with various partners, from grass roots organisations and local communities to National wildlife authorities and the IUCN. We recognise that being a zoo provides unique opportunities for conservation action and we follow the One Plan approach to apply our specialist skills in the field, whilst also building local capacity and implementing sustainable conservation strategies.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Site Ecologist to join our Field Programmes team.

The Role:

  • To coordinate the implementation of the Chester Zoo Site Biodiversity Action and Management Plan; which provides a framework to increase the conservation value of the zoo estate alongside growth of the zoo as a visitor attraction and commercial enterprise.
  • To support the Capital Development Team (and other zoo teams) with site biodiversity issues, as part of the project planning cycle for onsite developments
  • To advise, through regular consultation and representation at the appropriate meetings, on any potential biodiversity impacts of developments, including schedules and timing of works, and issues of legal compliance in regards to wildlife related law.
  • To consult with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the necessary ecological monitoring, survey or mitigation work is conducted to meet planning permission, legal compliance and any other biodiversity related development requirements – this would include creating the correct briefs and project managing any ecological consultants to ensure timely delivery of works to fit with project schedules.
  • To hold the necessary licenses, knowledge and training to, where appropriate, conduct some of the core monitoring, surveys and related activities to inform site development.
  • To coordinate collection, management, analysis and dissemination of zoo site biodiversity data. This data will provide measurable evidence of any changes in biodiversity status and will inform site management for biodiversity. This may include management of recording volunteers or staff/visitor participation activities.
  • To provide internal training and help raise awareness of on-site biodiversity, its management, and related wildlife law, increasing our internal knowledge and capacity to manage onsite biodiversity and ensure legal compliance.
  • To assist, as appropriate, with Wildlife Connections and any other on-site biodiversity campaigns and related activities.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong knowledge of conservation and the key issues threatening biodiversity, particularly with a focus on UK wildlife. This is likely to be demonstrated by a relevant degree and/or experience of working within a conservation organisation, ecological consultancy, or similar environment, ideally in a UK setting
  • Skills in UK wildlife identification and survey techniques – in more than one taxon group
  • Some practical experience in habitat management techniques – meadows, reed beds, or woodland for example
  • Excellent working knowledge of UK wildlife related law
  • Skilled in the use of all key Microsoft packages and GIS
  • Excellent time management, administration and planning skills. Ability to coordinate multiple activities, meeting deadlines and ensuring appropriate quality control
  • Good diplomacy and interpersonal skills. Ability to work effectively under own initiative and as part of a team
  • Some experience coordinating and running public events to inspire interest in wildlife
  • Experience of managing external consultants/contractors would be desirable
  • Appropriate licenses to conduct/oversee core ecological services. Specifically the post holder must: hold a class license for Great Crested Newts which, as a minimum, covers science, conservation and education. hold, or be working towards, as a minimum a CL17 survey and research level 1 license for working with bats. Additionally desirable:
  • Relevant licenses or experience of badger bTB vaccination
  • Lesser silver water beetle licence or experience
  • Member, or working towards membership, of a relevant professional membership body such as CIEEM is essential.
  • Proven project management experience
  • Experience in data handling and basic statistical analysis, plus report writing skills
  • Competent in Phase 1 Habitat Survey. Experience of Phase 2, NVC, or other habitat classification tools desirable.

The salary for this role is £31,999.07 per annum based on 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Usual working hours would be 8 – 5 with an hour lunch break, with occasional evening and weekend working. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found here.

To apply for this position, please go to our website and click 'apply now' to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Site Ecologist role.

Closing date for applications is 28th February 2018


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