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Project Manager (Full-Time / 1 Year Fixed-Term Contract)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location England (London & Greater) - UK
Town/City London
Salary Additional Information £31,759 - £33,401 p.a. (Inclusive of London Weighting), depending on experience
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 18/10/2020
Company Name Zoological Society of London
Contact Name Human Resources
Telephone 02077223333
Email hr@zsl.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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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
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We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife.


Role Profile

ZSL is looking for an experienced project manager to join its Conservation and Policy Department’s Marine and Freshwater Team. The successful candidate will manage the exciting and collaborative #OneLess project, delivering an innovative London-wide campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles in London. With demonstrable high impact to date, #OneLess is taking a ‘systems change’ approach to tackle ocean plastic pollution at source and reduce London’s plastic footprint by changing the way Londoners hydrate and creating a more ocean-friendly society.

Using the ‘flagship’ single-use plastic water bottle, #OneLess aims to systemically transform London and to connect people to the ocean; changing their perceptions, values and behaviour, and reducing the number of plastic bottles entering the ocean.

The project manager will be responsible for driving the delivery of the #OneLess project and associated strategy, including management of the project assistant, and strategic development and implementation of campaign activities. They will be responsible for managing grant budgets, as well as administrative, financial and reporting requirements for this project.

The project manager will work closely with the #OneLess project partners; Communications Inc, Forum for the Future, and the Thames Estuary Partnership.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Is responsible for line-managing the #OneLess Project Assistant.
  • Works closely with campaign partners implement the strategy.
  • Acts as key point of contact with campaign partners.
  • Manages (and where appropriate builds) relationships and partnerships with a wide network of stakeholders.
  • Works closely with partners to develop, design and deliver projects, campaigns and events in line with the strategy.
  • Contributes to development of policy positions, case studies, toolkits, blogs and other grey literature.
  • Oversees the development and production of campaign communications outputs.
  • Works closely with the Evidence and Evaluation lead for the project to guide the implementation of learning and evaluation frameworks and ensure that outputs contribute to the campaign strategy and aims.
  • Identifies funding opportunities and contribute to the production of project specific fundraising and grant proposals.
  • Is responsible for ensuring that the project budget(s) (~£250,000 per year) is / are appropriately monitored, recorded, and reported on.
  • Represents ZSL and #OneLess in meetings and at national and international conferences and workshops (virtual or in person as appropriate).
  • Acts as a spokesperson for ZSL and the #OneLess campaign.

Person Specification

  • BSc/BA in a relevant subject or relevant experience.
  • Experience in managing collaborative projects with multiple partner organisations involved.
  • Experience in working with environmental and/or industry stakeholders on topics relating to policy and systems change.
  • Experience in managing and delivering complex multi-partner projects, events and campaigns on time and to budget.
  • Experience in facilitating events, including interactive workshops with multiple and varied stakeholders.
  • Experience in managing relationships with funders and undertaking all aspects of grant administration and management, including legal management, budgeting, expenditure tracking across large multi-year grants, and reporting.
  • Proven experience in writing in a range of styles for varied audiences (including, but not exclusive to; reports, website content, parliamentary briefings, blogs, consultation responses and policy position statements).
  • Experience in fundraising and developing grant proposals.

Please find the full job description on the ZSL website. 

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV plus a 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 these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.


Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 18th October 2020

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

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