<< Back

This job listing is no longer active.
Please use our Environment Jobs Search to find current vacancies.


Forestry Technical Advisor (Full-Time / 2 Years Fixed-Term Contract)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Town/City Regents Park, London
Salary Additional Information Circa. £36,000 inclusive of London weighting (dependent on experience)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 19/05/2019
Company Name Zoological Society of London
Contact Name Human Resources
Telephone 02077223333
Email hr@zsl.org
Website Further Details / Applications
Zoological Society of London logo
Directory Entry : The Zoological Society of London, a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned center of excellent for conservation science and applied conservation, working in over 50 countries around the world
Also Listing:

About Us

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 lead more sustainable lives and to support and enable direct conservation action.


ZSL recognises the significant threat posed by irresponsible and unsustainable business practice to global biodiversity and the landscapes in which we work. The Business and Biodiversity programme works to address these threats and to deliver a ZSL mission target to ensure best practice becomes business-as-usual. SPOTT is ZSL’s flagship initiative to deliver this, addressing the lack of corporate transparency and accountability that hinders progress towards sustainability. Our vision for SPOTT is that companies report transparently on the implementation of best practice and can be held accountable to this. SPOTT currently monitors 70 oil palm producers and traders representing over half of global oil palm landbank, 50 timber producers and traders and will shortly be releasing assessments of rubber companies against a framework of best practice. The tool provides resources and guidance for the companies and investors to monitor and manage ESG risk. SPOTT has more than 200,000 website views from over 32,000 unique users and is an established and trusted dataset enabling informed engagement between financiers, producers and traders.

Role Profile

ZSL’s Business and Biodiversity programme is looking for a thoughtful and proactive individual to join the team. The Forestry Technical Advisor will be responsible for the technical oversight, development and management of the SPOTT timber and pulp assessments. The Advisor will also assist in the development and implementation of ZSL’s Strategy with the tropical forestry sector, providing technical support on forestry-related issues, particularly environmental best practice for production, and representing ZSL in its relationship with relevant industry groups and companies. The position is to start as soon as possible and will be based in the ZSL London offices at Regent’s Park.

Person Specification

  • BSc/BA in a relevant subject or relevant experience; a Masters would be desirable.
  • Technical knowledge of environmental best practice within the tropical forestry sector is essential. Broader knowledge of sustainable commodities relevant to producer sustainability and transparency is desirable – particularly rubber production.
  • Prior experience working in a field relevant to business and biodiversity and/or sustainable commodities, with a strong preference for forestry-relevant experience.
  • Experience in project management and delivery – ideally content platforms similar to SPOTT – to include associated budgets management, staff management and stakeholder relations.
  • Familiarity with legality issues in the tropical forestry sector, particularly the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan is desirable.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. The ability to communicate in French is strongly desirable.

Please click here for a full job description which includes further details on person specification, role requirements and expectations.


Please note: This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), 2 years fixed-term contract position reporting to the Conservation Finance and Enterprise Manager. The post will be based at ZSL’s offices in Regents Park. Having a "can do attitude", solution-focused approach and the ability to make objective decisions under pressure will make you a success in this role.


What's on Offer:

This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more!

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 below. If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.


Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 19th May 2019.


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

Add to My Account
<< Back