Pangolin Specialist Group Research Intern

ZSL

London
£8.21/hour

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

hr@zsl.org

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 19th February 2019   Closes today


Overview

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. 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. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.

The IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group works to secure a future for wild pangolins through advancing knowledge on pangolin status, threats and conservation priorities, and by catalysing action to conserve them. The Pangolin Specialist Group is a voluntary network of experts from around the world including field biologists, social scientists, zoologists, veterinarians, ecologists and geneticists, all of whom are actively involved in pangolin research and conservation. The Pangolin SG is hosted by, and works closely with, ZSL

Role Profile

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group is offering an excellent opportunity to gain experience working at the Zoological Society of London, one of the UK’s leading conservation research organisations.

The intern will assist with the development of a captive care guide for live confiscated pangolins, conservation planning and updating Pangolin Specialist Group website. The intern will also provide communications support to the Pangolin SG, including updating the Pangolin SG’s social media feeds.

This opportunity is available for six months, ideally starting in early March 2019. The role is for three days a week, following normal office hours from 9am to 5pm (totalling 22.5 working hours per week) and is based within ZSL’s Conservation and Policy Department in Regent’s Park, London. The intern will be paid at the national minimum wage of £8.21 per hour.

In this role, the intern will benefit from:

  • Experience of undertaking research within one of the UK’s leading conservation research organisations;
  • Training in the use of social media to communicate science and conservation; and
  • Interaction with staff across the Society including Conservation Programmes and the Institute of Zoology, as well as 100+ Pangolin Specialist Group members around the world.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with members of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group to produce a captive care guide for live confiscated pangolins
  • Updating PangolinSG website, including the conservation project pages, posting regular blogs and researching new plugins to make the website more user friendly
  • Assisting with sourcing funds for a pangolin conservation planning workshop
  • Updating the PangolinSG Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds

Person Specification

Candidates should have an interest in pangolins and CITES. They should be IT proficient, ideally with experience in website development, and have good attention to detail, along with strong research and communication skills and an ability to work independently.

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) by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Tuesday 19th February 2019

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.


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