Project Manager for Conservation - Zoo Leipzig

Posted: 7 September 2022 | Full-Time | Leipzig, Germany


Zoo Leipzig is one of the oldest zoos in the world and is taking care of a diverse range of species. For over 20 years, we are following our masterplan „Zoo of the Future” – a holistic approach combining interesting visitor experiences with modern husbandry and animal welfare, conservation, environmental education, and scientific research. Beyond that, we are on our way to operate sustainably and climate-friendly in the future.

Through our global conservation programme, we are fighting for the conservation of highly threatened species and their habitats – since 2022 also in our new regional project concerning the conservation breeding and population reinforcement efforts for the common hamster in Saxony. Be part of shaping Zoo Leipzig’s future and help us to expand our conservation programme further!

To support our conservation and eco-management team, we are currently looking for a Project Manager for Conservation (m/f/d).

This full-time position (40 hours/week) is initially limited to a fixed term of two years. An unlimited contract expansion may be possible, depending on the project development.

The main objectives of the role are focusing on the planning, implementation and scientifically monitoring efforts concerning population reinforcement and reintroduction projects as part of Zoo Leipzig’s holistic approach to conservation (with a focus on the common hamster project), as well as on coordinating European or International Studbooks and the technical support of the zoo’s conservation projects regarding population management tasks.

main tasks and responsibilities

  • Planning, practical implementation, and scientific monitoring of population reinforcement and reintroduction activities in regional and international conservation projects
  • Supporting the team-leader in all topics related to the conservation programme and concerning the communication about it
  • Supporting the team-leader regarding fundraising efforts for the zoo’s global conservation programme
  • Coordinating European or international studbooks and providing technical support related to population management tasks to the zoo’s conservation projects, when required
  • Publishing project results and developments in relevant literature and other media

Required experiences and skills

  • University degree in the field of biology or related significant qualifications and experience
  • Relevant practical experience and up-to-date knowledge in the fields of species conservation, conservation-orientated research (e.g., in conservation or wildlife monitoring projects) and project management
  • Above-average level of motivation
  • Analytic thinking and goal-orientated work ethics
  • Good knowledge and practical experience concerning relevant software, such as MS-Office, and GIS-software; ZIMS and PMx would be an advantage
  • Business-fluent German and English skills (required for stakeholder communication)
  • Ability to work in the field and/or to travel abroad in a potentially challenging environment
  • Good team and communication skills

We offer

At Zoo Leipzig, you are part of an engaged, enthusiastic, and motivated team, which brings our animals, research efforts and educational experiences closer to our visitors on 365 days of the year. You can expect an interesting and unique workplace, combining diverse tasks in the fields of conservation actions and scientific research, as well as a competitive salary and benefit package.

how to apply

If you would like to become a part of our future-orientated organization, which continuously sets new standards regarding conservation, environmental education, and scientific research, we welcome your application until 09.09.2022.

Please include your salary expectations as well as your anticipated starting date in your application.

Contact details:

Address: Zoo Leipzig GmbH, Pfaffendorfer Str. 29, 04105 Leipzig, Germany

Your contact for further inquiries: Mrs. Jana Thies, Tel.: +49 341 5933 320

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