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RZSS, Edinburgh Zoo

Sustainability Adviser (FTC 12 months Maternity Cover)

Application Deadline: Sunday 23rd June 2019
Sustainability Advisor

Location: Edinburgh Zoo

Pandas. Polar bears. Lions. Tigers. Koalas. Wildcats. Penguins and more. Helping to save threatened species from extinction. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The iconic Edinburgh Zoo. Highland Wildlife Park, possibly the most stunning wildlife park in the world. Conservation projects in Scotland and across the globe. Reintroducing species to the wild. Educating the next generation. Amazing animals and inspirational people. No two days the same – guaranteed! A unique job with an incredible charity. And a chance to make your mark.

Do you have experience of researching and preparing written case studies on sustainability initiatives and the creation of audit reports citing utilities, waste and recycling, auditing? We are seeking a Sustainability Adviser to carry out a range of administrative support and coordination duties and ensure the continuous development and implementation of one of Scotland’s leading conservation and education charities, sustainability policy.

What you’ll be doing…
The Property & Estates department is responsible for all site maintenance, refurbishment and new build projects at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. As Sustainability Advisor, working under the guidance of the Project and Sustainability Manager, you can expect to:

· Working across both sites (RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park), support the Projects & Sustainability Manager by providing a full range of administration service and support duties, e.g. researching and preparing written case studies on sustainability initiatives, creation of audit reports citing utilities, waste and recycling, auditing and monitoring of the society’s environmental management system (ISO14001:2015)

· Act as the point of contact for front line staff, proactively educate and train staff on best practices and work with them to find workable solutions to environmental/ sustainability issues.

· Coordinating of sustainability led/ themed campaign activities on site, including supervision of partner organisations.

· Responsible for recording and monitoring KPI data, including reducing utilities dependency, increasing recycling rates and monthly utility usage across both sites, investigating and reporting any anomalies.

· Provide auditable records and evidence to ensure continued registration of RZSS within the scope of Green Tourism Award.

This is a fixed term Maternity Cover role expected to last no longer than 12 months where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week.

What you’ll need…
You will be a positive team player with a proven ability of working in a team situation or own your own. You will have experience of working in an auditing environment, applying a high level of attention to detail and the confidence to flag and resolve any inconsistencies. You should be a strong user of MS Excel, highly organised, proactive and flexible in managing demanding workloads and competing priorities, have a sound knowledge of sustainable practices (ISO14001 or equivalent), can inspect daily operations and identify solutions to technical issues, coupled with the ability to prioritise and present a professional approach to all tasks. You should be proactive in problem solving and assisting other team members in completing tasks. A full UK driving licence is also essential.

Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, right to work in the UK and Basic Disclosure Scotland check prior to commencement.

What you’ll get in return…
We care for our people just as much as we look after our animals and visitors. As well as the fundamental benefits like salary and a Work Place pension, we offer other rewards that can help you financially, can make work a bit easier and make life outside of work a lot more fun! For example, 34 days annual leave allowance, life assurance, friends and family discounts, Employee Assistance Programme and free access to a whole host of other Scottish attractions with our ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions) passes.

We offer more than everyday job satisfaction - as well as our wonderful animals and conservation projects we have a highly professional, diverse and friendly staff community too. So, in working for RZSS you've not only got a great job in a very interesting organisation - you're also part of an amazing cause too!

To apply, please visit the RZSS Vacancy page, complete a RZSS application form and recruitment monitoring form and follow the instructions on how to apply.

Closing date: Sunday 23rd June and interviews will take place on Monday 1 July 2019.

Due to the level of interest in these positions, we are not able to contact each unsuccessful applicant individually. Therefore, if you have not been contacted by 28th June 2019, please assume that you have been unsuccessful this time.

Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction. We are the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS), and for over 100 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity as well as an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction. We’ve been a charity since our founding in 1909 and maintain a keen commercial edge to ensure a sustainable, bright and exciting future. Through our two sites, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, we provide unique and memorable experiences and engage over 750,000 visitors per year in the wonders of the natural world, taking care of over 1,000 rare and endangered animals in safe and stimulating surroundings. The RZSS strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity SC004064

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