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Research Intern - IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   England (London & Greater)
Town/City   Camden, London
Type   Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status   Part Time / Per Day
Level   Voluntary & Interns
Deadline   22/10/2017
Company Name   Zoological Society of London
Contact Name   Human Resources
Telephone   02077223333
Email   hr@zsl.org
Website   Further Details / Applications
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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group is offering an excellent opportunity to gain experience volunteering at the Zoological Society of London, one of the UK’s leading conservation research organisations. The intern will assist with the development of a pangolin trade resource kit to support front-line enforcement personnel in their efforts to address illegal trade in pangolins. The intern will also provide communications support to the PangolinSG, including updating the website (www.pangolinsg.org) and social media.

The role will involve working with members of the Pangolin Specialist Group to produce a pangolin trade resource kit. The kit will include relevant information and tools to assist in implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) with regard to trade in pangolins. It will include species identification guides, advice on procedures to be followed in case of seizures, including handing, DNA sampling, guidance on disposal of live animals (e.g. veterinary case, contact details of experts or potential rescue centres) and other relevant materials 

The volunteering opportunity is for six months, starting in November 2017. The role is ideally for three/four days a week, following normal office hours from 9am to 5pm and is based within ZSL’s Conservation Programmes department in Regent’s Park, London.

Please note that this is a voluntary position. However, lunch (up to £5) and travel expenses (up to the equivalent to a monthly travel card within zones 1-6) will be reimbursed. 

In this role, the voluntary 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
  • Interaction with staff across the Society including Conservation Programmes and the Institute of Zoology, as well as 100+ Pangolin Specialist Group members.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Helping members of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group to produce a pangolin trade resource kit to assist front line law enforcement personnel to address illegal trade in pangolins.
  • Assisting with updating PangolinSG website, including updating the conservation project pages and posting regular blogs.
  • Updating the PangolinSG website, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Person Specification

Candidates should have an interest in pangolins and CITES. They should be IT proficient and have good attention to detail, along with strong research and communication skills and an ability to work independently. Finally, potential volunteers must be eligible to work in the UK.


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) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this role online” button.

If you have any queries regarding this position please contact Carly Waterman via e-mail: carly.waterman@zsl.org.

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 22nd October 2017

You will be contacted by Friday 27th October if you have been selected for an interview. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 1st November, with a start date of Monday 13th November 2017.

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

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