Policy Officer

British Ecological Society

£28,926 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

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

Sectors: ecology, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 08 January 2018

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 and to promote the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the society.

Due to the recent appointment of our Senior Policy Officer as the Policy Manager we are looking for a Policy Officer to be based our London office. The Policy Officer would help us to:

  • 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 with the preparation of policy statements, briefing papers, responses to Government consultations and Select Committee inquires, 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 at the devolved, national and European levels and 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, 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 BES has also been recruiting for a Policy Officer to be based in Edinburgh. If you have applied for the role in Scotland but are also interested in applying for the London based role, we are happy to consider your application for both positions.

However, you must submit a new application for the London based role. Shortlisting and interviews will both be carried out by different interview panels.

Interviews will be carried out on the same days for both the Policy Officer in Edinburgh and the Policy Officer in London roles. All candidates will undertake a written assessment during the afternoon of the 23rd January and will meet with the interview panel on the 24th January. Interviews for this position will take place during the afternoon of the 24th January.

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

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Camilla Morrison-Bell, Policy Manager who will be the line manager for this role.


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

Applications must be received no later Monday 8th January 2018 at 08:00

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.


The Society is based in bright, modern offices in central London, a few minutes’ walk from Russell Square and Chancery Lane underground stations. Our building, Charles Darwin House, is a thriving community for other learned societies and like-minded organisations from across the biosciences.


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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