Press Office Volunteer

Soil Association


Volunteer • Part Time Gemma Court

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Wednesday, 21st March 2018   2 days left

  • Two days per week volunteering position, initially for three months with option to extend
  • Deadline for applications: 9am Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Based at the Soil Association offices in Bristol

About the Soil Association Press Office

The Press Office is a team of three, delivering press support for the Soil Association’s campaigns, projects, events and specialist programmes, as well as managing press enquires and media monitoring. Supporting both the charity and certification dimensions of the Soil Association, the work of the Press Office is exciting and varied. Volunteering with us would be a great opportunity for someone seeking general media and public relations experience in a charity setting.

About the role

This is a varied role supporting a range of press office tasks, with the opportunity to deliver against a number of projects simultaneously. You will be supporting a range of Soil Association initiatives and projects, gaining a rounded understanding of the work we do and our impact. You can learn more about the organisation’s aims and campaigns at

Regular tasks will include:

  • Daily media monitoring using online systems and through independent research
  • Daily analysis of media coverage and internal distribution
  • Content creation and editing for newsletters
  • Research tasks

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Work with web content management systems
  • Support press work for Soil Association campaigns and events
  • Write press releases, articles and media pitches

About you

You’re passionate about communicating and want to learn more about how organisations spread news to the media and beyond. You’re a good team player and willing to take on a range of tasks, and you don’t hesitate to ask colleagues for advice or support when needed. You have a fluent or native level of English. You’re interested in the work of the Soil Association and other sustainable food initiatives and want to learn more through hands-on experience.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Useful previous experience:

The following is a list of experiences that will be beneficial for the range of tasks this role addresses, but are not necessary to have when submitting your application. 

  • Experience using Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience of meeting deadlines and delivering against instructions
  • Experience of writing for press, web or social media
  • Experience using CMS such as WordPress, Umbraco, MailChimp – this is not essential but may form part of your role

The benefits for our volunteers

This role offers a range of opportunities for someone looking to gain experience with internal and external communications, marketing, public relations and the media. You will:

  • Gain hands on experience of working in a charity press team
  • Gain the opportunity to engage in other areas of the Soil Association’s work
  • Earn valuable CV experience from working in a dynamic office environment that is part of the third sector

How much time to volunteer

We are ideally looking for a volunteer to work two days per week from 09:00-17:30, starting at the end of March.

Position location and transport

You will be based at our Head Office in Bristol: South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX. You will not need your own transport for this role.

Induction and training

We will provide a full induction with opportunities to learn about the work of the Soil Association. One of the Press Office team will be your liaison throughout your placement and will provide ongoing support and supervision, including setting personal goals and having regular one-to-one catch ups.

Expenses reimbursement

We reimburse expenses within agreed guidelines which should cover your travel and lunch.

Next steps

Please submit your two page CV and a short covering letter to  Gemma Court our Press Officer by email (GCourt@soilassociation.orgby 09:00 on 21 March 2018.

A short telephone interview, and a written assignment via email, will take place at an agreed time within one weeks of the application deadline, with an anticipated start at the end of March, to be agreed depending on your availability.

If you would like further information about this volunteering opportunity, please contact Gemma Court our Press Officer by email

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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