Outreach Project Intern

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate to help delivery our ‘Connecting schools with nature in North East England Project’.

Schools Outreach Day pupils at Ushaw College, Durham

Salary: £17,772 pro rata

Contract: Temporary contract – in post between January and April 2022. Flexible working days, with candidates able to work either 0.8FTE for 16 weeks or 1.0 FTE for 13 weeks, totalling 65 days of work.

Working pattern: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00

Location: Remote – must be based in North East England during the role

Closing date: Monday 29 November 2021 12:00 (GMT).

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 6 December


About you

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with creative communication skills and an interest in further developing their career in education and career development in the environmental sciences.

This role is for 65 days of work between January and April 2022, working 4 or 5 days per week, as desired by the candidate. You must be comfortable working remotely, but must be based (or willing to be located) in the North East of England (preferably near to County Durham) for the duration of the project in order to deliver outreach events in primary schools across the region.

You will need to have excellent organisational abilities, enjoy creative thinking, and have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. You will also need to have good IT skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office.

This is an excellent opportunity for an early career individual pursuing a career in schools outreach, education and career development focused on the environmental sciences.

The Outreach Project Intern will support the development and delivery of the ‘Connecting schools to nature in North East England’ Outreach Project, recently awarded £248,700 by the UK government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Reporting to the Engagement & Outreach Manager, the Outreach Project Intern will work closely with all members of the Outreach Project Team.

About the project

The project aims to create the Environmental Educators of tomorrow, training teachers and ecologists to deliver hands-on workshops increasing primary school pupils’ connection to nature.

The programme of educational workshops will benefit wildlife within school grounds through the creation of wildflower areas, hedgehog-highways, bird-feeding stations, nest-boxes and insect ‘hotels’. Pupils will then become citizen scientists, monitoring the wildlife around their schools. Through these activities, the programme will increase thousands of young peoples’ connection to nature across the North East of England (primarily County Durham).

The project will include developing and delivering both physical and digital training workshops and educational resources, and providing on the ground schools outreach workshops in primary schools.

About the role

In this role, the individual will provide support to the project team, focused on coordinating educational resources for primary school teachers and early career ecologists, assisting the development and on-site delivery of practical educational workshops in schools, and providing communications support.

Core duties will include:

  • Support the organisation of meetings, training and outreach events (digital and physical)
  • Communications through email and telephone
  • Developing engaging educational resources for primary school pupils
  • Creative input into social media content and updating website pages
  • Assist in project evaluation, collecting and processing data from events
  • Provide on-site operational assistance in delivering school outreach events
  • The position will be remote working, but based in North East England (primarily Country Durham) in order to deliver primary schools outreach workshops across the region.

Typically, the successful candidate will have weekly travel to Durham University for co-supervisor meetings.

A full job description, including person specification and competencies is available ​here.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. Successful applicants will need to provide evidence that they have the right to live and work in the UK. The BES is unable to provide visa sponsorship.

Download: Job Description for Outreach Project Intern.

Equality and Diversity

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To apply for this vacancy, please apply via our recruitment portal here.

  • Your CV – no more than 2x A4 sides detailing your education, training and work history, as well as any relevant key skills
  • A covering letter – no more than 1x A4 side explaining why you wish to undertake this role at the BES
  • Your Equality and Diversity information – this voluntary information helps us to assess the diversity of our recruitment and further improve recruitment processes in future. It has no bearing on the success of your application and is not considering as part of the shortlisting process.