Policy Intern - 6 Month Fixed Term Contract

British Ecological Society

London Living Wage

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

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

Sectors: ecology, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 23rd July 2018   3 days left

Applications are now open for the autumn/winter policy internship (September 2018 to March 2019).

This is a part-time, fixed-term position, working two days a week (Wednesday to Friday) for six months. The Policy Intern will be paid the London Living Wage (£10.20 per hour). You will mainly be based at the British Ecological Society (BES) office at Charles Darwin House, London, with some travel to events.

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 with the ability to assist in promoting the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the Society.

This is an excellent opportunity for the post holder to develop a wide range of skills including science communication, policy awareness, writing for different audiences, networking and event management. There is scope for refining the tasks undertaken according to the experience and skills the intern would like to develop.

The Policy Intern will also have the opportunity to attend the BES Annual meeting in Birmingham scheduled for 16-19 December 2018. For more information see

The Policy Intern will be an integral part of the BES External Affairs team, and will:

  • Lead on a specified project as part of policy team’s work programme. This will probably involve reviewing, drafting and updating policy content on the BES webpages
  • Monitor legislation and policy developments relevant to the science of ecology
  • Summarise policy developments for a general audience through the BES Blog and for members through our magazine.
  • Assist with the preparation of policy statements, briefing papers and responses to Government consultations
  • Assist with the organisation of policy meetings and events
  • Represent the Society at external meetings where appropriate

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in ecology, environmental science or a related subject. They will have demonstrable knowledge and genuine interest in public policy. A proven interest in ecology is essential. They also need to have excellent communication and IT skills.

For further information and a full job description, please visit our vacancy pages on the BES website

Please submit your CV, covering letter and a 100 word answer to the following question (in no more than 100 words): ‘Given that the UK is likely to leave the EU in 2019, what is a priority policy issue that ecologists should engage with and why’ via email to HR Team

Please include details of when you would be available to start and on which days you would be available to work (between Wednesday and Friday).

Interviews will be held on Thursday 2nd August at the BES Office, Charles Darwin House, Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Brendan Costelloe, Policy Manager who
will be the line manager for this role.

Applications must be received no later Monday 23rd July 2018 at 09:00

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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