Lecturer in Conservation Science

Bristol Zoological Society

£26,999 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Thursday, 27th June 2019   2 days left

Lecturer (Conservation Science with a focus on Community Engagement)

The Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation charity that works in 10 countries around the world in applied conservation and runs a number of Higher Education programmes in collaboration with the Higher Education partner institutions. We are looking for a dynamic and experienced individual to join our team with broad academic knowledge, experience and/or understanding of social research in conservation. Topics could include environmental anthropology, human-wildlife interactions, sustainable development, community engagement. Experience with relevant social research methods and applications is required. Your role will be crucial in helping us complete our mission of saving wildlife together and deliver excellent Higher Education programmes. The contract is for 5 days (37.5 hours)/week.

Main Responsibilities

HE Teaching and Supervision: The successful applicant will lead two undergraduate modules and supervise and mark research projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level

Conservation Project Management: Contribute to the development and management of BZS Kordofan giraffe conservation project in northern Cameroon, alongside the Head of the Field Conservation and Science Department. Liaise with field team and project partners in the UK and in Cameroon. This aspect of the role will require a working knowledge of French and experience and/or understanding of social research in conservation.

There may be occasions when the post holder is requested to work in other company locations, or carry out other duties considered reasonable by the Society or its representatives




  • PhD in anthropology or related science, or
  • Masters degree in anthropology or related science, with at least 2 years experience in working with local communities on projects related to conservation, alternative livelihoods, education, health or related topics.


  • Teaching qualification
  • Membership of a relevant professional organisation



  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication
  • Applied community conservation practices such as organising and running focus groups, interviews, etc; conservation education or outreach event/programmes, etc.
  • Working knowledge of French
  • Excellent organization skills, with proven record of ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines
  • Evidence of ability to teach and to supervise academic work by undergraduate and/or postgraduate students to completion
  • Team work skills required, enjoy working in a collaborative environment


  • Developing internationally excellent conservation science profile which is reflected in the authorship of high-quality publications or other outputs that further conservation



  • Working in foreign countries with stakeholders including local communities
  • Teaching and assessment of student work at HE level
  • Research in anthropological or conservation-related sciences


  • Record of attracting research funding
  • Strong interest in, and preferably experience in the applied conservation sector and/or field research

Please send your CV, including a list of your relevant experience, scientific publications, and cover letter, to hr@bristolzoo.org.uk using the subject line: Lecturer in Conservation Science. Closing date is 27th June, 2019 at 5 pm (UK).

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