Opportunities for permanent roles in a range of business sectors

Fullstack Developer (AD1234)

We’re looking for a motivated fullstack developer to join our growing team and work with us on our new projects this year as well as developing our flagship sites such as ProtectedPlanet and ENCORE. Support will also be required for some of our smaller sites such as Ocean+Habitats, the Post2020 Agenda and the Protected Planet Live Report which was built in collaboration with National Geographic.

At UNEP-WCMC we’re building web applications to help save the planet.

We’re a close-knit team of passionate developers, UX/UI designers and product managers putting our skills towards a mission to tackle one of the biggest problems of our time - the massive loss of biodiversity and habitat destruction that’s pushing the planet to the brink of the 6th mass extinction.

There is huge focus on climate change and conserving biodiversity especially in 2020 where the new global targets are to be set around "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth". We are expanding our team in response to the large demand for digital expertise within the conservation industry. We work across a variety of projects that provide solutions to the private sector, governmental bodies and other not-for profits including the United Nations.

Our diverse range of projects and supportive learning culture provides opportunities for you to grow upwards or sideways within the organisation, allowing you to progress in the area of work that suits you and the organisation best.

You will need professional experience in web development with examples of your work. Our web projects are typically built with JavaScript on top of Ruby on Rails and PostGres and have a geo-spatial element.

We are looking for someone with a passion to produce high quality outputs as well as a desire to continue learning. You will have an interest in manipulating datasets to extract informative insights and in producing engaging and interactive digital outputs. We collaborate on multiple projects across the organisation simultaneously so are looking for people who thrive working in a team as well as being confident working independently. 

The teamwork doesn’t stop within the centre; we are part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and work in partnership with many other not-for-profits that are based in the David Attenborough Building. Although not essential, an interest in the environment is a bonus!


Some of the many benefits of working for UNEP-WCMC include:

  • Location: We are based in University city of Cambridge with a main office on Huntingdon road and a smaller office the David Attenborough Building in the heart of the city.
  • Flexible working: UNEP-WCMC strives to achieve a supportive environment by offering flexible working hours; as long as the core hours are worked you can start and finish your day to suit your lifestyle.
  • Pension: Generous non-contributory pension scheme that goes up to 12%.
  • Committee: You can get involved in one of our committees to influence life here at UNEP-WCMC. For example, help reduce our carbon footprint with the Environmental Committee, make sure the employee voice is heard at the very top with the Staff Liaison Committee or organise the summer BBQ with the Social Committee.
  • Social: Organised social events include weekly drinks at a local pub, bake sales, lunch time quizzes, the BBQ and sport activities in the summer and the Christmas event at one of the beautiful Cambridge colleges.
  • Learning opportunities: You will have the chance to attend events and weekly talks on the latest developments in the conservation world and may even hear a speech from David Attenborough himself.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Money towards eye examinations and glasses
  • Death in service

The best way to show us what you can do is by sharing your portfolio and telling us about the creative and challenging projects you’ve worked on.

WCMC attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

WCMC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity; religion; faith or belief.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can use your skills to make a positive impact, we want to hear from you. Please complete a WCMC application form a personal details form and submit it with a CV and short covering letter on our website here by 22nd June 2021. We recommend you register your interest quickly, as a decision may be taken to appoint somebody ahead of the closing date.

Please note that this is a UK based role and the successful applicant will be expected to reside within commuting distance of Cambridge and within the UK. Some of our roles are eligible for visa sponsorship, providing the relevant sponsorship criteria are met.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a global Centre of excellence on biodiversity. The Centre operates as a collaboration between UN Environment Programme and the UK registered charity WCMC.  Together, we are confronting the global crisis facing nature. We do this through our unique position ensuring science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy, and by collaborating with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We use our position as respected custodians of powerful and trusted environmental data to create positive impact for people and nature.