EDI Intern (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)

The Wildlife Trusts

Home-based (with travel to the Newark office and other Trusts)
£21,840 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 31st July 2024  


Location: Home-based (with travel to the Newark office and other Trusts as required). Opportunity to work in the Newark office 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)  
Full Time: 35 hours per week  
Fixed-term contract: 1 Year Internship 

About Us 

The Wildlife Trusts are a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, who believe that we need nature and nature needs us. We have more than 900,000 members, over 39,000 volunteers, 3,600 staff and 600 trustees. There are 46 individual Wildlife Trusts, each of which is a place-based independent charity with its own legal identity, formed by groups of people getting together and working with others to make a positive difference to wildlife and communities, starting where they live, learn and work. 

Every Wildlife Trust is part of The Wildlife Trusts federation and a corporate member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, a registered charity in its own right founded in 1912 . Taken together this federation of 47 charities is known as The Wildlife Trusts. 

We’re Wild About Inclusion! This means inspiring, facilitating, and engaging people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities, to change the natural world for the better. It means creating workspaces where difference is celebrated, everyone can be themselves and flourish, just like nature. 

We are leading the way with EDI and published our first public Diversity Survey in January 2024. This report contains our demographic data for staff and trustees as well as 4 pay gap reports on gender, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We also included the additional work we are doing to try and become a more diverse federation. We understand the need for inclusion in all aspects of our work and are working to see sustainable change and not tokenistic recruiting

We are proud of our diverse staff and work to support their growth and development. We have 6 staff networks open to all 47 Trusts. These are an amazing space where staff can express themselves, discuss any issues, topics, and hold awareness raising events as well as social events. Our networks cover LGBTQ+, mental health, disability, women, staff from minoritised ethnicities and young staff members. 

The Wildlife Trusts value passion, respect, trust, integrity, pragmatic activism and strength in diversity. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims we are not judgemental and are inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, which are currently those from minoritised ethnicities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities. 

About You 

Do you have a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)? Do you want to be part of creating change in a major conservation charity by helping address the barriers many people within society can experience when trying to follow their passion for nature? 

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) have an opportunity to join and support our EDI team at a critical stage in The Wildlife Trusts journey to becoming more inclusive. The Internship will provide the successful candidate with practical experience in a breadth of different aspects of EDI. Working at the heart of the leading network of environmental charities, this role supports individual Wildlife Trusts, plus RSWT teams across Policy, Campaigning, Communities, Communications, Health, Education, and Human Resources. 

This role provides a great opportunity to gain a wide-ranging knowledge of the different facets within conservation charities while making a positive difference in addressing barriers to nature. 

No previous experience is necessary. However, we ask that you are passionate and eager to learn and support our work. A desire to take people on the EDI journey with a critical friend approach, rather than one that is combative or exclusive. You will have good administrative skills and excellent customer service. You will support the Strategic Lead for EDI and the EDI Trainer and Advisor in their work. This will range from data collection to opportunities to work on internal awareness raising campaigns and initiatives, as well as being part of developing toolkits and maintaining our EDI section of our intranet. In return we will offer you the opportunity to complete the CMI Level 4 qualification ‘Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’. 

The Wildlife Trusts value passion, respect, trust, integrity, pragmatic activism and strength in diversity. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims we are not judgemental and are inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, which are currently those from minoritised ethnicities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities. 

RSWT take our Safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. Please refer to the documents section on our website to read our commitment statement.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible. 

RSWT are committed to increasing diversity of its staff through its Levelling the field recruitment pledge and will offer an interview to any ethnic minority applicants that meets all the essential criteria for the post. 

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2024
First Interview: 22 August 2024
Second Interview: 29 August 2024 


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