Sustainability Programme Lead / Lecturer in Sustainability

Job Title: Sustainability Programme Lead/ Lecturer in Sustainability
Department: Field Conservation and Science
Location: Bristol Zoo Gardens/Wild Place Project
Reporting to: Conservation & Higher Education Manager

Job Purpose

• Coordinate the Bristol Zoological Society’s (BZS) Environmental Sustainability Programme 
• Higher Education Teaching: module leading, guest lecturing and marking of assessments 
• Supervision: undergraduate and, possibly post graduate (MSc) as related to experience

Main Duties

• Coordinate the BZS Environmental Sustainability Programme 
o Including coordination of the new sustainability programme, including working cross-departmentally to ensure all aspects of our sustainability plan are effectively implemented, as we transition to the new Bristol zoo site in 2024, as an integral part of our strategic plan to put sustainability at the heart of our operations, alongside the, Conservation & Higher Education Manager and the Head of the Field Conservation and Science Department. 
o This will consist of working with experts across the Society and externally, to plan, design and implement strategies to improve sustainability (for scope 1, 2 and some scope 3 carbon emissions) within different activities of the Society to achieve our pledge of being carbon neutral by 2035.
o Monitor progress against our targets
• Lead modules (Undergraduate), including content and timetable design, course delivery and assessment setting and marking, related to ecology, conservation and sustainability
o Includes developing new educational content on environmental sustainability and conservation for HE modules
• Student project supervision: supervise and mark theses, work with students on publication of projects when possible
• Act as Personal Academic Tutor for undergraduate students
• Help with general admin of the Department including helping to organize symposia, conferences, etc. 

Key Performance Indicators

• Successful completion of annual objectives for Environmental Sustainability Programme, including progress towards to our annual targets in the Sustainability plan. 
• Successful delivery of assigned modules with our Higher Education (HE) partner institutions, as evidenced by positive student and external examiner feedback, >80% pass rate, and positive partnership reports from our HE partners

Key Contacts – Internal & External

• Key internal contacts:
o Staff from other departments of BZS and ensure strong, positive relationships with those teams and effective collaborations for various facets of the Sustainability Programme

• External key stakeholders: 
o Sustainability project stakeholders and collaborators
o Relevant HE partner staff for modules taught, possibly the University of the West of England, the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and the University of Bristol
o Funding agencies supporting the Society

Health & Safety

• Ensure that Health and Safety guidelines and fire regulations are strictly adhered to
• Comply with safe working practices as defined by the Society
• Complete training as and when required 
• Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by acts or omissions at work
• Report any accidents, incidents or near misses as soon as reasonably practicable


• Be aware of and adhere to the Society policies at all times
• Take part in progress/performance reviews throughout the year
• Attend training courses as required to meet the requirements of the role
• Take responsibility for your own personal development, seeking out opportunities to learn new skills
• Undertake any other duties as requested by management which are reasonably deemed to be within the scope of your role

Notice period

The notice period required from the role holder is a minimum of 2 months

Working conditions

This is a full-time permanent position.
The basic hours for the role are 37.5 hours a week (7.5 hours/days for 5 days a week); however, flexibility is required as the Society operates for 365/6 days a year. 

The role holder will be required to work any additional hours necessary to satisfactorily fulfil the responsibilities of the role.

This role will be based at Bristol Zoo Gardens until mid-2023, when the Society will transition to being based at the current Wild Place Project site. The role will require working at Wild Place Project on sustainability planning as required.


• Apply the Society values and behaviours to every aspect of the role at all times
• Promote and maintain the brand standards of the Society
• There may be occasions when the role holder is requested to work in other company locations, or carry out other duties considered reasonable by the Society or its representatives.
• To reflect any changes within the Society during the next few years, the scope of this role will be regularly reviewed and may evolve to meet those needs. Any changes will be agreed in advance with the role holder and confirmed in writing.

The closing date for all applications is 5th August 2021  at 12 noon (UK).


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