Opportunity: Research Assistant

ZSL is now accepting applications for two research assistant opportunities to join their Indicators and Assessments Unit. The roles will support ZSL’s critical work on two key biodiversity datasets: the Living Planet Index and the IUCN Red List, both of which are used widely to monitor and track progress against international biodiversity commitments. 

Applications close 27 June 2021.

Begin your application here.

Date published: 2021/06/23

The Indicators and Assessments Unit at the Zoological Society of London is offering an excellent opportunity to gain experience with one of the UK’s leading conservation research organisations. The roles will support ZSL’s critical work on two key biodiversity datasets: the Living Planet Index and the IUCN Red List, both of which are used widely to monitor and track progress against international biodiversity commitments.

The Living Planet Index (www.livingplanetindex.org) is a global biodiversity indicator based on population trends of vertebrate species. This project is managed by ZSL in partnership with WWF and results are published every two years in the Living Planet Report. The IUCN Red List (https://www.iucnredlist.org/) is the world’s most comprehensive resource on the extinction risk of animal and plant species. As a Red List partner, ZSL works in collaboration with the IUCN and partner organisations to feed into to the species red list assessment process. ZSL also hosts and is redeveloping the National Red List project database and website (https://www.nationalredlist.org/), a hub for all sub-global Red List assessments.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collecting and processing abundance data for the Living Planet Index
  • Data entry and processing of National Red List assessments
  • Coding metadata and checking for consistency in both databases
  • Drafting species extinction risk assessments
  • Producing figures and maps for website visualisations.

There are two full-time, 1 year fixed-term roles available based within the Indicators and Assessments Unit at ZSL.

Person Specification

  • A BSc in a relevant area
  • Experience of data entry and/or processing of species data
  • Good general knowledge of global biodiversity issues
  • Good knowledge of why global biodiversity indicators are needed and how they are they are used, particularly those that relate to species
  • Familiarity with the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria
  • Familiarity with maintaining high accuracy and attention to detail for data entry and processing
  • Advanced skills in using MS office packages, specifically Excel
  • Familiarity with GIS software (desirable)
  • Very good command of one of the following languages: Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (desirable)

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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 this page. If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Sunday 27 June 2021

Begin your application here.

Anticipated Interview Date: 13 to 15 July 2021 for a start date in August 2021

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