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Chair Elect and Trustees recruitment

The next few years will be an exciting and demanding time for the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Our flagship projects include a world first: to completely restore Floreana island, turning back the clock to remove invasive species which are threatening the existence of iconic animals such as the Floreana mockingbird. We are also working to tackle the plastic pollution which is threatening the wildlife on the Islands and in the surrounding marine environment. Projects we have funded were featured in BBC Blue Planet II and, with the recent uplift in public interest in plastic pollution, we are ready to grab the opportunities this provides.

We are now looking for up to three new Trustees, one of whom will be Chair Elect, succeeding Dr Mark Collins when his term of office comes to an end in 2019. Mark has contributed significantly to the Galapagos Conservation Trust; overseeing the development of our new strategy, strengthening our governance, and acting as an effective ambassador for the Trust. 

For the Chair Elect, we are particularly interested in individuals who have significant senior business experience; or a background in the conservation of biodiversity; scientific research focused on wildlife, the environment or conservation; or environmental sustainability. Our new Chair Elect will bring a track record of strategic organisational leadership, and experience of effective governance. You will have the ability to draw out and optimise the contributions of a diverse board, provide wise counsel and constructive challenge to a Chief Executive, and operate with mutual respect and co-operation. 

For the Trustee roles, we are interested in candidates from a range of backgrounds including: strategic fundraising; strategic marketing; conservation of biodiversity; scientific research focused on wildlife, the environment or conservation; environmental sustainability; community/public engagement or education/training, particularly within developing countries; and direct knowledge and experience of the challenges facing the Galapagos Islands. As a Trustee you will be able to provide strategic direction, constructively contribute to board discussions, and provide inspiration and vision to our staff.

Our intention is that all roles will join the board this year. The Chair Elect will initially join the board as a trustee, enabling them to spend time understanding our work and how we operate, before being appointed as Chair at our AGM in May/June 2019. 

Please download the full advert here for more detail on the roles.

Key information:

Unremunerated, but reasonable expenses will be paid

Based in London

For more information, including how to apply, please visit our recruitment microsite:

If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners, Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or

Closing date for applications for all roles: 9am, Monday 21st May 2018.


Opportunities in Galapagos

Although Galapagos Conservation Trust does run and fund projects in Galapagos, we do not place volunteers or research students abroad. To find out more about volunteering in Galapagos please contact the Galapagos National Park or the Charles Darwin Foundation directly. If you would like to discuss current GCT projects with one of our team then please email your enquiry to

Central London (Oxford Circus)

From time to time the Galapagos Conservation Trust requires the help of volunteers with skills in a particular field, usually to help us with a specific project or piece of work. This could be in anything from graphic design to research, marketing to human resources, facilitating workshops to proof reading, to writing blog pieces and articles.

GCT does not have any volunteer roles currently available but if you would like to express your interest in volunteering then please fill out our application form below. We will keep your details on our system for up to 12 months and will email you if a suitable volunteer role within our team comes available. Please note that due to high demand we are unable to answer all volunteer requests.

Volunteer Application Form

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