The position would suit a candidate looking for a future career in fundraising and charitable project development. We are beginning an initiative for schools in Yorkshire to fundraise for CIRCLE’s work in Tanzania. The medium-term aim is to raise sufficient funds to build a centre for forest research and conservation education, and to develop further project infrastructure, with this initiative taking place in the short term. A fundraising target will be given on commencement of the position.
On a recent visit to the project site in the Udzungwa mountains, our Director of Conservation discovered a new 20 metre tall species of Polyceratocarpus tree.
At the end of the initiative in December 2015, the school that raises the most money for UFP will be given the honour of naming the new species. Other rewards will also be available for runners up, and all schools taking part will be invited to a rainforest activity day at Flamingo Land.
We are currently at the stage of developing materials to distribute to schools who express an interest in working with us, with information about UFP and the new tree species, and ideas for fundraising activities. Initial contact has been made with schools to gauge interest in the project, and we already have interest from schools both in Yorkshire and Tanzania who are prepared to take part in fundraising.
The candidate’s role will be to make contact with schools to develop enthusiasm, including by email, telephone and in-person visits, organising those who express an interest and distributing fundraising packs to assist with their planning. They will also be responsible for general marketing of the project through various channels, including traditional and social media. The candidate will be working together with the CIRCLE team and Flamingo Land’s Education Marketing Officer.
Submission requirements: CV, covering letter, full contact details for two referees, copy of degree certificate
Postal applications: Dr. Andrew Marshall, Environment Department, University of York, YO10 5DD
Email enquiries/applications: circle
Application deadline: 27th March 2015
The Collaboration for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning (CIRCLE) is a collaborative initiative between the University of York (a world top 100 university) and the UK’s most visited zoo, Flamingo Land Ltd (Malton, North Yorkshire). CIRCLE’s mission is to use scientific evidence to guide biodiversity conservation, animal welfare and public understanding of the natural world. Our vision is to develop a sustainable future for wildlife. CIRCLE is in the process of being registered as a UK charitable trust, and a Tanzanian non-governmental organisation.
About Flamingo Land:
As a member of BIAZA, EAZA, WAZA and ISIS, the zoo at Flamingo Land is part of a global network of zoos and aquariums working together to manage the captive population of threatened animals, to educate visitors on biodiversity conservation and to raise funds for charitable causes including Flamingo Land’s own conservation initiative, the Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP) in Tanzania. Included among the 139 animal species at Flamingo Land are several animals on the European Endangered Species Program. The park is unique among UK zoos as the site is shared with a large theme park and holiday village. The diversity of attractions includes a record-breaking roller-coaster, acrobats from Tanzania, educational zoo trails and a wide variety of shows, cafes, bars and restaurants. With 1.4 million visitors in 2013, Flamingo Land was the most visited zoo in the UK (enjoyengland.com).
About the Udzungwa Forest Project:
The Udzungwa Forest Project is a Flamingo Land conservation project based in southern Tanzania, administered by CIRCLE. The aim of the project is to better protect tropical forests through ecological monitoring, community education, capacity building and lobbying. UFP is based mostly in the Magombera forest, on to the east side of the breathtaking Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania.