Global Conservation Social Science Traineeship - Chester Zoo / Parque das Aves


About this Traineeship

Parque Das Aves

Global biodiversity conservation is a multi-disciplinary endeavor, with research in the social sciences playing a big part. As such, this Global Traineeship will provide valuable training and experience that will be essential for all conservationists committed to an integrated approach.

Working with world-leading conservation social scientists in team environments in England and Brazil, the Trainee Conservation Social Scientist will:

  • Participate in the development of conservation social science research and evaluation projects. This could include diverse areas such as educational impact, human/animal interactions, connectedness to nature, citizen science, threat identification, community attitudes measurement, or human behavior change, either related to zoo visitors or as part of field conservation programs around the world.
  • Have opportunities to attend workshops and conferences to present findings.
  • Report findings and write summary articles and documents for a range of stakeholders, including the opportunity to be part of peer-reviewed publications.

The course is being organized by Chester Zoo, the UK’s most popular zoo and one of the top 15 in the world, known for its global conservation and research activities and Parque das Aves, one of the leading zoos in Latin America with a strong ‘one biome’ conservation focus on the Atlantic Rainforest in collaboration with the non-profit educational charity The Institute for Methods Innovation, which runs the ZooWise audience research project.

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What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is an education and training program with integrated work experience designed to unlock participants’ great potential and prepares them for their future careers by ensuring that they are 'work ready' as conservation social scientists. This traineeship will include training, close supervision, support and hands-on experience with the following:

  • Developing effective strategies for social and cultural dimensions of conservation
  • Conducting data collection in ex-situ and in situ contexts
  • Establishing the state of the art through rapid literature reviews to inform conservation practice
  • Participating in preparation of reports for governmental and non-governmental audiences
  • Participating in developed of journal manuscripts and grant applications

As a Trainee Global Conservation Social Scientist, you’ll get:

  • Training in conservation social science and related skills supervised and delivered by the world’s top experts, who have published about conservation social science in journals including Nature, Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Zoo Biology.
  • International work experience in conservation social science based in Chester Zoo (UK) and Parque das Aves (Brazil), including projects from around the world.

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Eligibility

Open to participants from countries allowed visa-free travel to the UK and Brazil, such as the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Netherlands, Germany and elsewhere. Participants are also expected to be fluent in English.

While this traineeship is open to people at different stages in their careers, priority will be given to those undertaking an industrial placement or study abroad year as part of a degree program at a university.

Key personal qualities:

  • A passion for biodiversity conservation and the human factors that influence it.
  • Being highly organized, independently motivated and proactive in your approach to work, with close attention to detail and accuracy.
  • The ability to write and deliver oral presentations in a clear, concise and engaging manner.
  • A desire to learn how social science can be used to help support and inform conservation in settings both inside and outside the zoo.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and either SPSS or R (or equivalent statistical analysis software). Some hands-on data analysis experience is desirable.
  • English language fluency is a requirement. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish (other languages are also beneficial)

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Duration and Provisional Schedule

The traineeship duration is 9 months (with optional 1-month extension in Brazil). The recommended arrival date in Brazil is the 1st of February 2019. Training starts: 11 February 2019.

Part of Program Duration Description
Part 1 3 months
8 February - 26 April 2019)
In Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, including directly participating in the residential training.
Self-guided travel break – recommended in South America
Part 2 3 months
7 May 2019 – 26 July 2019
In Chester Zoo
Self-guided travel break – recommended in Europe
Part 3 2 months
6 August 2019 – 27 September 2019
In Foz do Iguacu
Part 4
(Optional)
1 month extension to finish 25 October 2019 In Brazil

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Costs

The costs for the traineeship are:

  • Training and mentorship fee of £4995 GBP
  • Travel and accommodation costs for Chester and Brazil

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Dr. Andrew Moss Conservation Social Scientist

Dr. Andrew Moss (Conservation Social Scientist, Chester Zoo) has over a decade of visitor research experience in world zoos and aquariums. He has led over fifty evaluation research projects and has numerous publications, in journals such as Conservation Biology, the Journal of Environmental Education, Visitor Studies and Nature.

Specialising in quantitative research methods, particularly the structured observation of visitors, Andrew is interested in the ‘real-time’ effects of zoo animals and exhibits on their visitors. Most recently, Andrew was commissioned by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to lead the largest ever zoo and aquarium visitor impacts study (30 institutions; n>6,000). Andrew is a respected peer-reviewer for ten journals, as well as for funding bodies such as the National Science Foundation. His expertise is valued both within the zoo community and in academia – he is an Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick and a member of the research and education committees for British and European zoo accreditation organisations.
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Camila Martins Coordinator of Education Department

Camila Martins is the coordinator of Education Department at Parque das Aves (Brazil). Camila leads a team of educators and mediators that engaged in connecting people with nature through educational activities based on social learning. She is also responsible for elaborating, implementing and evaluating all the environmental education experiences for visitors (school, family groups, university, children, teenagers, adults, and elderly people).

She is a biologist, master in Wildlife Conservation by Federal University of São Carlos/ São Paulo Zoo (Brazil) and currently a Ph.D. student in the Science Education Post-Graduation Program at University of São Paulo (Brazil), investigating the connection between zoos and school through environmental education training programs for teachers. Contributes as a member of the Environmental Education Department of São Paulo Zoological Society and has great interests in environmental education research and learning process in informal contexts. She is part of the GREEN Group – Research Group on Environmental Education and in 2014 she created the Research Group on Environmental Education at Zoo.

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Dr. Andrew Moss
Dr. Andrew Moss

Dr. Andrew Moss (Conservation Social Scientist, Chester Zoo) has over a decade of visitor research experience in world zoos and aquariums. He has led over fifty evaluation research projects and has numerous publications, in journals such as Conservation Biology, the Journal of Environmental Education, Visitor Studies and Nature.

Camila Martins
Camila Martins

Camila Martins is the coordinator of Education Department at Parque das Aves (Brazil). Camila leads a team of educators and mediators that engaged in connecting people with nature through educational activities based on social learning. She is also responsible for elaborating, implementing and evaluating all the environmental education experiences for visitors (school, family groups, university, children, teenagers, adults, and elderly people).