We believe in a world where biodiversity counts

Our dedicated team combines scientific excellence, outstanding technical ability and a passion for nature

Working at UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre helps to deliver a large part of UN Environment’s biodiversity portfolio. While UNEP provides the Centre’s leadership, the scientific and technical team is employed by WCMC under UK employment legislation. Built around this innovative collaboration, the Centre is able to adapt quickly and responsively to changing needs for specialist services.

Our dedicated, professional team includes more than 110 scientific and support staff, as well as a continually changing line-up of student interns, collaborating postgraduate candidates and visiting honorary fellows. See what positions are available at our vacancies page.

We provide a stimulating and supportive work environment that offers our team exposure and access to interesting people and new ideas. Our five organizational values – partnership, integrity, commitment, expertise and leadership – are fundamental in developing and encouraging our success. 

We are situated close to the centre of Cambridge, a beautiful place to live and visit. To find out more about Cambridge, click here.

What we offer

If you join our staff, we will help you develop your technical, strategic and project management skills, and you will work as part of a motivated team. We offer training and development opportunities, both on-the-job and through more formal courses.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including non-contributory life insurance, permanent health insurance and a non-contributory pension scheme. We also run a Childcare Voucher Scheme to assist working parents. The normal working week is 37 hours, with 25 days annual holiday and eight days of statutory public holidays.

Academic and volunteering opportunities


We appoint exceptional individual scientists as honorary or senior fellows of UNEP-WCMC. This provides academics with unique professional collaboration opportunities, including their participation in major policy processes, while helping us to benefit from the skills and advice of senior international scientists that we need to maintain our status as a centre of excellence.

Placements for MSc and MPhil student projects

We offer opportunities for students who are enrolled on a relevant university MSc or MPhil course to undertake their project work at the Centre. If you are interested in a student placement, please contact 

Scholarships for the Cambridge MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership

Since 2010, the University of Cambridge has been working with UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre to deliver an MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership. Details of the course and scholarship opportunities can be found here.

Volunteering and internship opportunities

We regularly offer paid student internships to those keen to strengthen their professional experience in the biodiversity sector. Generally speaking, candidates should have completed (or be close to completing) a relevant undergraduate degree before undertaking an internship position. All internships are advertised on our Vacancies page.