Job details

Research and Training Administrator

Job reference: 000089

Location: Chester

Closing date: 13/12/2021

Salary: £10564.19 plus benefits

Employment type: Temporary - Part Time

Department: Science

Hours per week: 20

Research and Training Administrator

A work setting like no other - patrolling among rare giraffes and tigers, and within stunning gardens across a 128-acre estate!

As part of our Conservation Masterplan, we aim to train 5,000 conservationists over the next 10 years and we have started this journey with the new Conservation Training Academy, launched in 2020. We are a small but effective team of specialists and our award winning Science Department currently works with numerous Higher Education Institutions, professionals and partners who help us in Preventing Extinction!

The Role – Research and Training Administrator

We now have an exciting new role with the Science Department, this a key role working as part of our specialist team taking responsibility for providing comprehensive administrative support to the Conservation Training Academy and Science Department.

As a Research and Training Administrator you will:

  1. Provide effective and efficient administration for the Conservation Training Academy to staff and students.
  2. Provide effective and efficient administration for research at Chester Zoo to staff and students, which will contribute towards maximising conservation impact and building and maintaining our reputation for scientific excellence.
  3. Collate and input Key Performance Indicator data for research to ensure effective reporting and monitoring of wider Chester Zoo strategies. 
  4. Provide general administration across the Science department to enable effective science delivery. 

What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work?
As the UK’s biggest and best zoo, we have ambitious goals, exciting plans, and there’s always lots going on here. We’re an inclusive and diverse organisation, made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members, and we know how important it is to invest in our colleagues to help boost their career development.

The Package

  • Temporary 6 month contract
  • Part-Time worked mainly between Monday and Friday.
  • 20 hours per week with some flexibility in working hours/days
  • Option for some home working (up to 1 day per week)
  • 33 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • Salary of £10,964.19 (this includes our 2022 pay award which is effective from 1 January 2022)
  • Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends
  • Access to healthcare plan
  • Employer contributory pension scheme

Our Requirements – Research and Training Administrator

  • ‘A’ Level qualifications or above preferable
  • A good working understanding of modern zoos and their role in conservation.
  • High degree of numeracy & literacy
  • Sound working knowledge of computer software systems eg Microsoft Office Suite, specifically experience using Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills whether by phone, face to face or via email/online.
  • Experience of working in a busy office environment as part of a team and using own initiative
  • Strong organisational skills, including excellent time management, administration and planning skills, including collation of data for reports and dealing with personal data.

Although not essential, the following would be desirable: ​​​​​​​

  • A working understanding of higher education structures, processes and procedures.

Prior knowledge of conservation and zoology would be advantageous, this is likely be demonstrated by a Zoology or Biological Science degree and/or experience of working within a zoo, conservation organisation or similar environment is desirable

More About Us

We’re not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals. We’re not just the UK’s most popular zoo. We’re a major wildlife charity that’s committed to the recovery of endangered species, globally. And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, we’re making a hugely significant contribution to conservation at a time when it’s needed most. We are Chester Zoo and we prevent extinction.