Voluntary Research Intern - IUCN Red List Assessments for Butterflies


ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, London

Volunteer • Either • Temporary

www.zsl.org hr@zsl.org Human Resources

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 16 October 2017

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 take conservation action.

Role Profile

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. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to join the group assisting with the drafting of IUCN Red List assessments for butterflies.

The Indicators and Assessments Unit (IAU) has been running the Sampled Red List Index (SRLI) project for a number of years, producing IUCN Red List assessments for a number of lesser-known species such as reptiles, freshwater molluscs and dung beetles. The current focus is on butterflies as the IAU hosts the IUCN SSC Butterfly Red List Authority. In addition to the ongoing assessments for the SRLI butterfly project, we are managing a project to assess the world's swallowtail butterflies, in conjunction with the IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group and butterfly experts from around the world. Focussing initially on Neotropical species, the work will eventually ensure that all of the 550+ species of swallowtails feature on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The volunteer will contribute to the data collection on distribution, population, habitat and ecology, threats and conservation actions for butterflies. The project will focus on Neotropical swallowtails as well as additional species of swallowtails and species covered in the Sampled Red LIst Index project. The volunteer will help to produce draft IUCN Red List assessments from the information gathered; produce species distribution maps in GIS software; communicate with species' experts to validate the draft assessments; and help with communication about the project and our ongoing efforts.

Person Specification

We are seeking an individual with enthusiasm for nature and attention to detail to help with the process of drafting IUCN Red List assessments.

Given the required training in IUCN Red List methodology, we ask that volunteers be flexible to attend set training days and to commit to a minimum of 20 hours (3 days) a week for six months. Days and times can be discuss in interview but will be agreed with the successful applicant after interviews.

This internship is offered on a voluntary basis, although lunch and travel expenses (up to equivalent to a daily travel card within zones 1-6 for each day worked) will be reimbursed. Please note: Potential volunteers must be eligible to work in the UK.

In this role, the voluntary intern will benefit from:

  • Gaining an understanding of global conservation issues.
  • Receiving training in the application of IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
  • ArcGIS, QGIS training and other relevant training on spatial data handling rlevant to IUCN Red List assessments.
  • Guidance from both researchers and supervisors on scientific writing and the use of social media to communicate science.
  • Opportunities to network with researchers within and outside ZSL.
  • Additional learning opportunities that are available through weekly research seminars, lab meetings and conservation and research talks.

To Apply

If you would like to apply for the this Voluntary Research Internship, you will need to submit a CV and covering letter.

  • The CV should be up to date and include at least two referees with e-mail addresses.
  • The covering letter should explain why you would like to volunteer with us.

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this role online" button on our website. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources.

Closing date for applications: Midnight Monday 16th October 2017.

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