Policy Officer

British Ecological Society

£26,033 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.britishecologicalsociety.org recruitment@charlesdarwinhouse.co.uk 02076852431 Tumi Ladele

Sectors: ecology, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 04 December 2017

The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to assist the BES in promoting the importance of ecological science to policymakers (particularly in Scotland but also across the UK) and to promote the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the society.

We are looking for a Policy Officer to be based in Edinburgh to help us:

  • Promote the use of ecological science and evidence to policymakers.
  • Provide and communicate robust ecological evidence to policymakers.
  • Promote the importance of engaging in policymaking to members of the Society;
  • Promote the Society’s strategic aims through efficient, creative use of its communication channels.
  • Monitor legislation and policy developments relevant to the science of ecology.
  • Support the Policy Manager and the BES Scottish Policy Group with the preparation of policy statements, briefing papers and responses to Government consultations, to communicate the views of the BES to policy-makers.
  • Support the Policy Manger in advising the Society on key areas of policy and prepare and deliver papers for the Policy Committee and ad hoc working groups as required.
  • Track legislation and policies in Scotland and cross the UK to identify opportunities for BES input.
  • Represent the BES and its views at meetings with external partners where appropriate.
  • Represent the BES at external events and meetings including but not limited to, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Government, parliamentary receptions, conferences and workshops.
  • Take responsibility for projects, with the support of the Policy Manager, where appropriate, including joint work with partner organisations.
  • Help with the organisation of meetings, parliamentary receptions and events.

The successful candidate will work remotely in Edinburgh but with regular travel (at least once a month for two days with accommodation for one night paid for by the BES) to the BES offices in London. The role will be based in Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation  however, for the first week of the role the candidate will work in the London office.

A full job description and person specification is available on our vacancy pages

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Juliette Young, a member of the BES Scottish Policy Group Committee


Please submit your CV, and covering letter via email to the HR Team

Applications must be received no later Monday 4th December 2017 at 08:00

Interviews will be held at the Society’s offices in central London on 23rd & 24th January 2018 so potential candidates can meet the staff, learn more about the work of the BES and ensure they are the right candidate for remote working.

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. 

Benefits of the Society include:-


The British Ecological Society offers a contributory personal pension scheme. The BES will match up to 7.5 % of an employee’s monthly salary in contributions to the pension scheme.

Annual Leave

25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year.

Childcare Vouchers

Employees can take part in the childcare salary sacrifice scheme saving tax and National Insurance contributions in line with HMRC limits on their eligible childcare costs.

The Society also offers interest free season ticket loans for London travel and participates in the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme.

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