Representatives for the Early Careers Working Group

Want to ensure the early careers voice is carried throughout the work of the BES?

The British Ecological Society (BES) is currently seeking representatives for the Early Careers Working Group (ECWG). The working group is comprised of early careers representatives from each committee in the BES and is responsible for relaying information, and ensuring the ECR voice is carried throughout the BES. In addition applications are now being accepted from early career ecologists both in and outside of academia who are not part of a BES committee.

The remit of the ECWG is to provide the BES with direct insight into the contemporary needs of early career ecologists, including student members. Key responsibilities include to:

i. Represent the diverse interests and needs of early career ecologists

ii. Advise the BES on matters related to student membership

iii. Review education and careers programmes and resources, and help identify new opportunities to engage alumni, current and prospective early career ecologists

iv. Assist with planning and delivery of early career workshops and events, and represent the BES at in-house events/meetings, as and when required

The ECWG will meet two times a year; February/March/April and August/September/October. Meetings can take place by video conferencing where appropriate. The role does not have any remuneration, but out of pocket expenses such as travel fares are reimbursed. The successful applicants will initially be appointed for a term of 2 years.

All applicants will have an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in ecological studies (or related discipline), and should range from graduate to post-doctorate level if in academia, or equivalent if outside of academia. Contact Amy Padfield if you would like to discuss your current career level and eligibility.  


Please provide a CV and brief supporting statement (no more than one side of A4)

Closing date:                     Wednesday 9th January 2019

A final decision will be made by 23rd January and candidates informed as soon as possible. For further information, contact Amy Padfield (Education Manager)