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Conservation Fellow

Reference: OCT20210095
Expiry date: 23:59, 26 November 2021
Location: Chester Zoo
Salary: £33,373.44 Per Annum
Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package
Duration:23 months

Conservation Fellow

Temporary (23 months) – Full time

We are Chester Zoo, and for over 90 years, we have 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 prevent extinction, from caring for animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our visitors an inspirational day out.

We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and, despite all the recent challenges thrown at us, we still 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 vacancy for a Conservation Fellow to join our team on a 23 month basis working with our Science Team working on a substantial, prioritised body of research commissioned by Chester Zoo to support the Conservation Masterplan and wider NEZS strategies and mission.     

The role:

World zoos and aquariums have consistently affirmed their status as institutions of great conservation and public value.

However, it is clear that the wider public understanding of what zoos actually ‘do’ is limited, and global conservation governance and policy-making bodies do not appear to consistently accept that progressive zoos can play positive roles in both biodiversity conservation and for society more generally.

This fellowship will seek to synthesise and analyse all available evidence on the role and impact of zoos. From this, we hope to be able to:

  • Understand and evidence the strengths and weaknesses in zoo-based conservation outputs across both species preservation and society benefits.
  • Propose a new, evidenced model for the role of world zoos in conservation and society.
  • Predict how zoos will need to adapt in a changing world (e.g. climate change, disease pandemics etc.).

This post-doctoral fellowship is funded by Chester Zoo and part of the Chester Zoo Scholars and Fellows programme, with a lead supervisory team comprising two members of the Science Department at Chester Zoo, Dr Andrew Moss (Lead Conservation Scientist: Social Science) and Dr Sue Walker (Head of Science).

All applicants must include a statement that shows why you are interested in this project and what skills and experience you can bring. You do not need to include a research proposal.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in a related field;
  • Have considerable knowledge of zoos and their conservation function
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate, lead, resource and deliver projects on time and to a high standard
  • Ability to establish credibility, command respect and influence at all levels
  • Ability to present information clearly and concisely in verbal presentations and written communications, including scientific writing and media communications to stakeholders at all levels
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications
  • Proven ability to work in and contribute to a team environment
  • High proficiency with advanced data analysis relevant to the field
  • Have experience of undertaking systematic reviews

The hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked mainly between Monday and Friday.

The salary for this role is £33,373.44 per annum and in addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

To apply for this position, 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 Ecologist role.

Closing date for applications is 26th November 2021.

Interviews will take place on the 6th and 7th December 2021