Policy Intern

We are seeking an enthusiastic, self- motivated individual with excellent communication skills to assist in promoting the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the Society.

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Salary: £9.75 per hour
Location: London
Hours: Part-time (2 days a week)
Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 6 months
Closing date: 5pm on 22nd February 2017
Interview date: 8th March 2017

The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide.

This is an excellent opportunity for the post holder to develop a wide range of skills including science communication, policy awareness, writing for different audiences, networking and event management. There is scope for refining the tasks undertaken according to the experience and skills the intern would like to develop.

The Policy Intern will also have the opportunity to attend the 2017 BES Symposium on the Macroecology of Alien Species: Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Global Biotic Exchange in Durham University.

The Policy Intern will be an integral part of the Society’s External Affairs team, and will:

  • Lead on a specified project as part of policy team’s work programme including developing a Policy Guide
  • Monitor legislation and policy developments relevant to the science of ecology
  • Summarise policy developments for a general audience through the Society’s news and opinions and for members through the Society’s Bulletin
  • Assist with the preparation of policy statements, briefing papers and responses to Government consultations
  • Assist with the organisation of policy meetings and events
  • Represent the Society at external meetings where appropriate
  • Assist with general administration as required by the Senior Policy Officer

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in ecology, environmental science or a related subject. They will have demonstrable knowledge and genuine interest in public policy. A proven interest in ecology is essential. They also need to have excellent communication and IT skills.

Applications:

Please submit your CV, cover letter and a 100 word answer to the following question: ‘Given the outcome of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, what is a priority policy issue that ecologists should engage with and why?’ via email to tumi.ladele@charlesdarwinhouse.co.uk

  • Closing date 5pm on 22nd February 2017
  • Interview date 8th March 2017