Education Officer (12 Month Fixed Term Contract)

British Ecological Society

£29,968 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract Tumi Ladele

Reference: BES1218

Sectors: environmental education, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 21st December 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 membership magazine, which is distributed to its 6,000 members worldwide. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual as Education Officer on a maternity cover contract. You will have excellent written and verbal skills to assist the BES develop and deliver the education and careers work of the Society, including our popular residential summer schools. This will require a relevant (e.g. ecology or related) degree or commensurate experience.

Key responsibilities for the Education Officer maternity cover will include:

  • Leadership and ownership of education and careers projects, with the support of the External Affairs team, where appropriate, including joint work with partner organisations
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Society’s education and careers strategy
  • Support the External Affairs team in advising the Society on key areas of education and careers policy
  • Prepare and deliver papers for the Education and Careers Committee and ad hoc working groups as required
  • Providing secretariat support to ad hoc groups and the Education and Careers Committee, including arrangement of meetings and production of minutes
  • Work collaboratively with the Education and Careers committee
  • Maintain and update the BES website, including writing and sourcing copy, in particular for the education and careers pages, ensuring the needs of the target audience are identified and met
  • Keep all BES audiences up to date with BES and education and career developments, including contributing to the BES Bulletin, the Society’s twitter feeds and specific responsibility for the careers twitter feeds
  • Supporting the Education & Engagement Manager in delivering public engagement activities

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Amy Padfield, Education Manager

A full job description and person specification is available on the vacancy pages  of the BES website.

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

Applications must be received no later Friday 21st December 2018 at 16:59

Interviews will be held at the Society’s offices in central London on 8th January 2019

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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