We're ZSL (Zoological Society of London), an international conservation charity driven by science, working every day to restore wildlife in the UK and around the world.
Welcome to ZSL. By embarking on a career with us, you'll be joining a dedicated community of people working to restore wildlife.
ZSL not only has two amazing Zoos in London and Whipsnade, but is a world-leading scientific, conservation and educational charity and a place where our passion for wildlife influences everything we do. Steeped in history, ZSL is nearly 200 years old and paved the way for modern animal knowledge with Charles Darwin and David Attenborough amongst our most prestigious ZSL Fellows.
Our scientists in the laboratory and field, animal management teams at both zoos and our veterinarians, contribute multi-faceted skills and experience to both practical conservation and the scientific research that underpins this work. You're in good hands with us, with opportunities to learn and collaborate at every turn.
We are committed to the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We apply policies that are determined solely by job criteria and personal ability.
Benefits on offer
“Work Your Way”: We empower people to work from where they work best. We believe work is something we do and not a place we go. Our offices have become important places for collaboration and social connection but are no longer our main place of work.
Throughout your ZSL career, you'll have access to a blended program of Wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme as well as regular webinars and activities around mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. The opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving diversity and inclusion.
Other benefits for our UK-based staff include:
25 days paid annual leave
A generous stakeholder pension (employer contribution is matched up to 12%)
A regular allocation of complimentary zoo tickets
30% discount in our shops and online
A subsidised canteen offering a variety of delicious light and more hearty meals
Enhanced paternity and maternity leave
Season ticket loan
Cycle to work scheme
Subsidised gym membership
Access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities, and ZSL's historic library.
Ultimately, by choosing to join us in any role, you’ll be helping us to inspire, inform and empower people, and to stop wildlife going extinct.
Important information for applicants
Under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, we are required to check that anyone taking up employment with us has the legal right to work in the UK.
All shortlisted candidates will therefore be asked to provide documentary proof of this during the interview process and we will be required to take a copy of the successful candidates’ documents before the work commences.
Please note, If you do have the right to work in the UK, we would only be able to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from the UK Border Agency if we can show we have met the Resident Labour Market Test and you are able to meet the required points needed under the new points-based system.
Beware of scams. ZSL will never ask for payment or charge for job applications.
ZSL is committed to making our recruitment practices as barrier-free and accessible as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application or interview process, please contact our Recruitment team at HumanResources@zsl.org or on 0344 225 1826.