Join the Committee

We are looking for individuals to join our committee and help shape the SEED Network. We are a new BES Network, which aims to highlight and remove socioeconomic barriers in ecology and build a supportive community of ecologists from working-class and first-generation backgrounds.

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We are looking for people who are passionate about promoting awareness and solutions to class-based issues in ecology. Committee members should be from an under-represented socioeconomic group such as from a working-class or first-generation background. BES members who are not from these backgrounds are encouraged to sign up to our mailing list, as we will be actively engaging with supportive individuals!

Committee job descriptions can be found below. However, these roles are highly flexible and open to development based on the network’s needs. As this is our first committee, new members will play an active part in shaping not only their own role, but the network itself.

All SEED Network committee roles are voluntary but require active participation in online meetings and attendance at Network events where possible. Previous experience isn’t required, only a willingness to engage with class issues and wider EDI topics in ecology. In fact, committee positions themselves are a great way to develop skills in networking, communication, event organisation, and policy! No committee members should be financially disadvantaged by their positions. Activities like attendance at the BES Annual Meeting are not covered but are optional.

If you are interested in one of the roles below, please send an email to with:

  • a short paragraph explaining your interest in the role and why you want to be involved (max 200 words)
  • a CV

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 17th April at 5pm BST.

Co-chair – 1 vacancy

We’re seeking someone to help oversee the direction and running of the SEED network, alongside our current Chair. With our committee representatives, you will help promote the network and its aims and organise events and resources for our members.  Both Co-chairs will take equal responsibility for the following tasks:

  • Chairing regular network meetings
  • Co-ordinating future network events and activities
  • Supporting committee representatives in their roles
  • Reporting to BES staff on the network’s progress
  • Meeting with other BES Networks to identify opportunities for collaboration

Membership Representative – 2 vacancies

We’re seeking someone to help us build a connected community of working class and first-generation ecologists. As Membership Representative, you will provide opportunities for SEED Network members to meet, build skills, and further their careers in ecology. Both Membership Representatives will take equal responsibility for the following tasks:

  • Getting feedback from network members
  • Organising and managing network events
  • Promoting opportunities for network members

Communications Representative – 2 vacancies

We’re seeking someone to promote the SEED Network and communicate our aims and activities to our target audiences. Creativity is encouraged! Both Communication Representatives will take equal responsibility for the following tasks:

  • Promoting network activities and events
  • Running the network’s social media channels
  • Producing a regular newsletter
  • Maintaining the network’s mailing list

We also be recruiting for a Policy Representative in the future, but we are still establishing the scope and potential of the role. If you are interested in being a Policy Representative, please sign-up to the SEED Network mailing list and we’ll send out more information shortly via our newsletter.