Equality and Diversity Working Group

Join our Equality and Diversity Working Group and help us develop programmes that support all our members.

A-level summer school 2018 cohort Andrew Barratt

Vacancy on our Equality and Diversity Working Group

The Equality and Diversity working group now has a vacancy for a member with an interest in and /or experience of supporting and implementing equality and diversity actions and monitoring.  If you feel you have something to offer and the enthusiasm and time to support the wider ecological community, share perspectives and experiences of underrepresented communities and help make our society more inclusive, we’d like to hear from you.

We welcome applications from all members regardless of their career stage.  Members can be based anywhere in the world and can join the working group meetings via video conference but please note that meetings will usually take place within UK business hours 12.30-15.30.

If you have any questions about this role or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Karen@britishecologicalsociety.org who will be happy to answer your questions.

Application:  Please submit a short CV and covering letter to Karen@britishecologicalsociety.org no later than 1st September 2019 expressing your interest in the working group, particular areas of interest and what you would hope to achieve during your term of 3 years.

The EDWG will aim to confirm appointments on the 23rd September and may arrange a phone call before this date to discuss the role.

About the Equality and Diversity Working Group

The remit of the Equality and Diversity Working Group (EDWG) is to develop and oversee the delivery of the Society’s equality and diversity work.  Equality and diversity is something that should be embedded into every operation of the BES and the EDWG is responsible for ensuring that happens.

Inclusivity is core to our values as a society and as we finalise the new 2020-2023 plan, the group will ensure that Equality and Diversity remains an integral part of all that we do. The Society’s equality and diversity work covers both its operation as a learned society and membership organisation, and as an employer of staff.  The remit of the EDWG covers both these areas.

The Group meets twice a year, with out of pocket costs of travel and subsistence for Group members being met by the BES.  It will comprise a Chair (in the first instance the President) and up to 12 members.  Three of those members will be drawn from the BES staff (Executive Director plus two others) and 8-9 recruited from via an open call to the BES membership.  Group members will be chosen for their representation of the BES community, experience of delivering equality and diversity policies and their understanding of the BES.  They will be appointed for an initial term of three years.

The Group will be supported by the Head of External Affairs.  Notes will be taken of Group meetings and circulated to Group members shortly after each meeting.