Marwell Wildlife was placed 17 out of 100 in the Best Companies to Work For in the Sunday Times lists for 2016.
The action-orientated conservation charity is based in Hampshire and operates the 140 acre site Marwell Zoo. They employ 256 members of staff, from zoo keepers, landscapers and catering staff to conservationists and scientists in the UK and abroad.
The Best Companies to Work For is an annual ranking of the cream of Britain’s happy and motivated workforces. Its appearance each year is now a highly anticipated event in the business calendar.
In addition to its impressive ranking, Marwell Wildlife has been awarded the accreditation of two stars-an accolade reserved for companies regarded to be ‘outstanding’.
James Cretney, Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Marwell and we are very proud to be amongst the top 20 on our first attempt. We have a unique work environment that strongly embodies a combination of passion for conservation, team work and excellent guest service.
“What makes this particularly rewarding is the fact that the staff, who achieve so much, are happy and enjoying their work here. Marwell is run by talented individuals and without them it wouldn’t be possible to deliver our mission to inspire care for the natural world.”
The award was based on a comprehensive survey of overall employee engagement. All the scores and ratings that are assessed to compile the lists are based on employee opinions, and each year the questionnaires are revised and updated to reflect current workplace concerns.
Marwell Wildlife engages with over 40,000 children and young people through their conservation educational programmes, and welcome over 500,000 visitors each year to Marwell Zoo. The charity seeks to encourage understanding, and inspire care for the natural world.
Marwell’s team of Conservation Biologists run field programmes in the UK & Africa in partnership with communities, statutory agencies and other non-governmental organizations.
This summer, Marwell Wildlife will be bringing mass art extravaganza ‘Marwell’s Zany Zebras’ to the streets of Southampton. The spectacular sculpture trail will bring smiles to hundreds of thousands of faces as well as raise awareness of the plight of Grevy’s zebra in the wild. The sculptures will be auctioned off at the end of the trail to help support Marwell’s long-term work with Grevy’s zebra in Africa. This large and striking animal shares the landscape with many other species including elephant and large carnivores; all living alongside economically marginalised farming communities- another area of interest for Marwell.