Project SIARC EDI Community Officer- ZSL

Posted: 19 July 2023| Full-Time | UK


ZSL is looking to hire a Project SIARC EDI Community Officer, based in North Wales, to join our Aquatic Species & Policy team, which sits in the Conservation & Policy Department. The role will be seconded to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) for the duration of the contract. The post is for a full-time fixed term contract, funded until 31 March 2026 and will be based in North Wales. There is flexibility regarding working from home or within a NRW Office depending on location, but regular travel in Wales and occasional travel to London will be required. 

The successful candidate will work closely with the Project SIARC Senior Technical Specialist to lead community engagement and support Project SIARCs learning in key areas surrounding the Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation, identified as part of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) work package.  They will also oversee implementation of ZSLs FAIRER framework related to Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) within Project SIARC.

This position will primarily involve multi-sectoral working to better understand the connection of communities in Wales with the marine environment (including little understood species of shark, skate and ray). The EDI Community Officer will need experience delivering multi-stakeholder community focussed projects, implementing social safeguarding, the ability to build the trust of community groups and a commitment to promoting the value of a diverse and inclusive environment.

The position

Position: EDI Community Officer (Conservation & Policy (ZSL) / Marine Science (NRW), Fixed-term, Full-time)

Salary: £27,159 (Grade 6.0)

Location: Homeworker – based in Wales and seconded to Natural Resources Wales. This position will be home based, with an option of working from the NRW office in Bangor. We are specifically looking for candidates who live in North Wales or are willing to relocate to the area.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create positive action interventions to support communities, in particular underserved groups.
  • Leads organisation and management of project meetings, workshops and community focus group discussions, including preparing materials and taking minutes.
  • Explore ways for those with an interest in Project SIARC and the marine environment to collaborate and work together with the project to reduce barriers for engagement.
  • Leads on delivering Project SIARC’s EDI strategy supported by the Senior Technical Specialist.
  • Support drafting inclusive project report(s) and communications outputs (e.g. public facing reports, blogs, social media content).

qualifications and person specifications

  • Demonstrable experience of promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within projects and multi-collaborative partnerships.
  • Experience organising community-led initiatives and focus group discussions.
  • Post holder will be capable of dealing with complex matters and communicating them effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Basic knowledge of Welsh (e.g. pronunciation of placenames, basic greetings, small conversations).
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially the ability to communicate complex ideas and to adapt language to varied audiences.
  • A full driving licence is required for this role.
  • This position will be home based but considerable travel in Wales and occasional travel to London will be required.

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and celebrate the value of having a team of employees with diverse skills, experiences, and heritage. We are committed to ensuring our teams can bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination. ZSL has active equality networks for our staff with lived experience and those who provide active allyship in Race and Culture, Team Pride, Disability Network, and Menopause Network, complemented by our strategic EDI Steering Group. 

about Project SIARC

Project SIARC is a collaborative project, led by Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), with the support of Welsh Government’s Nature Networks Fund. Twelve additional organisations sit on the Project SIARC Steering Group, who provide advice or deliver specific elements of the work.

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Through our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos (London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo), the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct. 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. 

NRW is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. NRW’s purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.

Project SIARC is funded by Welsh Government’s Nature Networks Fund.

What do we offer? 

 At ZSL, we are proud of our approach to employee benefits. Our benefits include: 

  • Our vision and purpose – you’ll work alongside colleagues who are passionate about science-led conservation, knowing that you will help us to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wildlife going extinct
  • Pension scheme - we offer a generous pension scheme with up to 12% contributory pension.
  • Flexible working – talk to us about your flexible working requirements and we will do everything we can to make sure you work in a way that suits you
  • Holidays – 25 days annual leave allowance, plus UK bank holidays
  • Wellbeing – access to a blended programme of wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme
  • Complimentary tickets – annual allocation of Whipsnade Zoo and London Zoo tickets, with a 30% discount in online and retail shops
  • Cycle2Work – our cycle to work scheme enables you to lease a bicycle
  • Season ticket loan – we offer an interest free loan to buy a season ticket for travel between home and work
  • Family friendly policies – we offer enhanced maternity and paternity packages

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. If you require any reasonable adjustments, please contact 

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) on Sunday 30th July 2023

Provisional interview date: 14-16 August 2023

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