Policy Intern

Job Title: Policy Intern
Reports to: Policy Manager
Location: Charles Darwin House, Roger Street, London
Salary: £10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)
Hours: Part-time 2 days a week (ideally between Wednesdays and Fridays)

Purpose: To assist with promoting the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the Society.

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 be an integral part of the BES External Affairs team, and will:
• Lead on a specified project as part of the policy team’s work programme. This will probably involve reviewing, drafting and updating policy content on the BES webpages
• Monitor legislation and policy developments relevant to the science of ecology
• Summarise policy developments for a general audience through the BES Blog and for members through our magazine.
• 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

The Policy Intern will also have the opportunity to attend the BES Annual Meeting in Birmingham scheduled for 16-19 December 2018:

Person Specification
• Graduate (in ecology, environmental science or a related subject)
• Demonstrable knowledge of ecological science
• Demonstrable knowledge of and genuine interest in public policy
• Excellent written communication skills
• Interest in and flair for science communication
• Excellent IT skills

Please submit your CV, covering letter and a 100-word answer to the following question (in no more than 100 words): ‘Given that the UK is likely to leave the EU in 2019, what is a priority policy issue that ecologists should engage with and why’ via email by Monday23rd July to HR.

Please include details of when you would be available to start and on which days you would be available to work (between Wednesday and Friday).

Interviews will be held on Thursday 2nd August at the BES Office, Charles Darwin House, Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU.

Please note that due to limited resources it is not possible for the BES to acknowledge receipt of applications. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.