Field Programme Coordinator - South East Asia

Chester Zoo

£32,639 pa + excellent benefits package

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: NOV20193377

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 6th December 2019  

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.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Field Programme Coordinator, South Asia, to join our team. This regional programme has a current focus in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and a diverse range of projects and collaborations. The post holder will manage existing projects and partnerships, whilst also developing and co-ordinating new initiatives.

 The Role:

  • Development and co-ordination of various project activities (in-situ, but also linking with related ex-situ activities) to meet regional programme strategic objectives and to achieve maximum conservation impact and benefits to the society
  • Facilitation of stakeholder involvement (overseas and within the zoo) to ensure strategic objectives are met, including ensuring effective communication methods are in place
  • Working directly with project partners, ensuring field activities are undertaken to the desired standard and as planned, to meet the zoo's project management standards, and to advise and assist with project logistics and administration as required
  • Effectively monitor and evaluate conservation activities to inform management decisions
  • Disseminate information and assist in the production and presentation of internal and external communications, in various media, to increase conservation awareness of projects and general awareness of Chester Zoo's conservation activities
  • Facilitate field research to support an evidence based approach to field projects
  • Provide guidance, advice, training, and knowledge where required, to field conservation staff (UK and overseas) and members of other Chester Zoo departments to assist in their conservation related activities

The successful candidate will have:

  • An MSc or equivalent in a conservation related subject
  • Knowledge of ex-situ and in-situ conservation role of zoos
  • In depth and wide ranging knowledge of biodiversity conservation and good understanding of conservation theory
  • Extensive conservation experience in South East Asia
  • Part of an established conservation network in South East Asia
  • Project management experience
  • Experience travelling in tropical and developing countries
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills ( region appropriate language skills desirable)
  • Strong proof reading and editing skills
  • An excellent level of computer literacy
  • Experience in publishing and presenting scientific material
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Experience of grant applications

Although based in the UK at Chester Zoo, this position will require frequent overseas travel.

The salary is £32,639.05 per annum based on 40 hours per week. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, please click here to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you should be considered for our Field Programme Coordinator, South East Asia role.

The closing date for applications is 6th December 2019.

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