Lecturer (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

22.5 - 30 hours per week, permanent role

Salary: £16,200 - £21,600 per annum

Location: Bristol Zoo Gardens

The Bristol Zoological Society undertakes original research to guide and implement conservation action for wildlife worldwide, and engages actively with the public and scientific community, sharing knowledge, eliciting support and guiding behaviour change.

BZS runs a number of Higher Education programmes in collaboration with the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and the University of Gloucestershire. We are currently looking for a dynamic and experienced individual to join our existing team. Your role will be crucial in helping us deliver excellent Higher Education programmes.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Teach students at FdSC, BSc and/or MSc level, including setting and marking exams and coursework [courses include, but are not limited to, FdSc Integrated Wildlife Conservation (UWE), FdSc Zoological Management (SGSC/University of Gloucestershire), BSc Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Science (UWE), MSc Global Wildlife Health & Conservation (University of Bristol), MSc Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practise (UWE)]. 
  • Supervise and mark student research projects at BSc (Level 3) and MSc level. 
  • Write up BSc and MSc projects as peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. 
  • Contribute to the development and management of BZS' projects, primarily zoo-based, which will include collaborating with the animal and vet teams. 
  • Help with general admin of the department including (e.g., monthly conservation lecture series). 

Person Specification



  • PhD in Zoology or related science (preferably with a focus on captive animal behaviour and welfare)


  • Teaching qualification
  • Membership of a relevant professional organisation



  • Broad academic knowledge, experience and/or understanding of animal behaviour and animal welfare in captive settings. Topics could also include animal nutrition and/or enrichment.
  • Relevant research methods and applications.


  • Good knowledge of basic animal welfare and captive management principles. 



  • Ability to teach on animal nutrition to HE level and run practical sessions on this topic.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication.
  • Scientific writing and editing academic texts, as well as copy editing (high proficiency in English required).
  • Excellent organisation skills, with proven record of ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines.
  • Evidence of ability to teach and to supervise academic work by undergraduate and postgraduate students to completion.
  • Ability to work with students from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds.
  • Computer literacy (MS Office, statistical packages such as SPSS, R)
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible and accommodating.
  • Team work skills required, enjoy working in collaborative environment and to help out with tasks unrelated to the role, if required.   


  • A developing internationally excellent research profile which is reflected in the authorship of high-quality publications or other research outputs. 
  • Experience in working with people at other zoos and/or captive settings.



  • Teaching at HE level
  • Assessment of student work
  • Research in animal welfare
  • Preparation of educational documents


  • Curriculum design
  • Record of, or potential for, applying and successfully attracting research funding.
  • Strong interest in, and preferably experience in working in the zoo or captive animal sector.

To apply for this position please email a covering letter and CV using the application form below. All applications must be received by noon on 8th September 2019.


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