Thames Project Manager

Zoological Society of London

London, , GB


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

ZSL is seeking a Project Manager to take lead responsibility for a series of Greater Thames Estuary conservation projects involving intensive aquatic fieldwork which will involve boat-based activities and driving field vehicles in London.  There will be extensive liaison with partners, stakeholders and donors to meet and report all project objectives and goals. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of new Thames-based conservation projects.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver Thames-based conservation projects ensuring that all activities meet the project aims and objectives and the projects are completed in the agreed timeframe and budget.
  • Maintain strong and productive relationships with partners, stakeholders and donors.  
  • Report on finances and project progress to project donors, ensuring that donor expectations are met.
  • Work with fellow project managers and programme managers as appropriate, to contribute to the production of project specific fundraising proposals.  
  • Work with line manager to contribute to staffing of the project by assisting with the recruitment, safe working, direct or indirect line management and support of the project team.
  • Represent ZSL in the media and at national and international conferences and workshops.
  • Ensure that health and safety processes are followed, that all project records are logged accurately in the ZSL Projects Database and that project reports are completed in a timely fashion.

Person Specification

  • A full UK driving licence is essential.
  • Experience of boat handling in coastal waters is essential.
  • Strong aquatic field skills are also essential.
  • Experience in planning, funding, implementing and reporting marine or estuarine conservation projects.
  • MSc or higher qualification in an appropriate field is desirable
  • Experience in managing relationships with donors is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
  • An ability to communicate with energy and enthusiasm regarding specific projects.
  • Computer literacy in MS office packages, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint and also GIS.
  • An ability to manage competing priorities is important.
  • An ability to use tact and diplomacy.

Please note: This is a full-time, 12 months maternity cover contract were the successful candidate weekly working hours will be 37.5 hous (<onday – Friday) and the post holder will be based at ZSL’s Main Offices in London, Regents Park. The role is likely to support someone interested in or has already gained externsive marine conservation and development experience and/or has previous experience of project management in the marine conservation or development sectors.

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 job online” button on the ZSL website. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 18th February 2018

Anticipated interview date: 26th February 2018