Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring provides a safe, confidential environment for individuals to explore work, career and personal issues such as balancing work with family life.

PhD Mentors for the BES Summer School – Malham Tarn, 16th – 20th July 2018

The Undergraduate Summer School will be returning to Malham Tarn, Yorkshire on 16th – 20th July 2018. The BES Summer School offers PhD students the opportunity to act as mentors. You, along with 5 others will take on the social programme, develop some teaching ideas of your own, assist workshop leaders with delivery in areas of your interest and provide small group activities for your mentees.

The Undergraduate Summer School provides 50 undergraduate students the opportunity to be immersed in an inspiring week of ecology field work, careers sessions and workshops.  Summer School 2017 took place on 17th – 21st July at the Dale Fort Field Studies Centre. You can read more about the school itself, previous mentor perspectives and programmes here

A compulsory first aid training weekend will be taking place in FSC Malham Tarn on 24th and 25th March (arriving from 3pm on 23rd March). The weekend will include planning sessions to develop the programme for the Summer School and it is therefore important that you are available. You will be asked to confirm that you can attend this training on the application form below.

How to apply?

Please complete the application form by 9am on Monday 18th December 2017.

For more information regarding this opportunity please contact Amy Padfield


The BES, along with the FSC, CIEEM and In2science are also in the process of developing a Summer School and extended project for London based A-Level students from BME and low income families, from which they may be the first in their family to consider higher education. Dates of which are 9th – 13th July at FSC Margam Park, Wales.

If you would also be interested in applying to this separate summer school as a PhD mentor, please contact Karen Devine for further information and to be sent an application form.

Women in Ecology Mentoring Scheme

We have run a mentoring scheme for women in ecology since 2009. Mentors provide professional support to mentees with everything from a change of career, applying for grants, moving to a lectureship from post-doctoral research or balancing work with family life.

Who can apply?

The deadline for applications has now passed, however opportunities will become available again in 2018. A wider mentoring scheme for BES members of any gender and career stage is also currently in development.

For more information on what is expected from mentors and mentees, please read the Guide to the BES Women In Ecology Mentoring Scheme

Feedback from participants

A mentor says: “Two mentees have now got permanent jobs – I was able to offer specific advice on interview techniques and applications, which I hope was helpful. Also was able to offer advice on a range of other issues that arose.”

A mentee says: “The main benefit is support, and also to get the chance to discuss and plan my career. Otherwise you spend much time doing work, but not thinking about what you want to do later on, and how to get there.”