Contract Type: Fixed Term for 8-10 weeks
Salary: £20,650
Hours: Full time
Start: July 2024

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK’s leading funder of environmental science. Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends – from pole to pole, to the deep Earth and oceans, to the atmosphere and space. The science we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a safe, healthy, productive nation. Many programmes involve collaborations with national and international partners to tackle large-scale environmental science challenges, including those faced by developing countries.

The NERC Sustainability team is working on a range of exciting environmental sustainability projects, such as our Climate for Change Engagement Programme which supports NERC staff and wider collaborators to deliver against our environmental sustainability commitments.

We strive to develop new and emerging talent and through our summer placement we contribute to a students professional development by offering mentorship, constructive feedback and opportunities for skill development within a collaborative work environment.

Within this placement, responsibilities will include:

  • Draft, review, and proofread communications for internal and external audiences
  • Assist with data analysis – collect, organise and study data to provide insights and produce infographics
  • Support the sustainability team with a procurement exercise
  • Establishing relationships at all levels both internally and externally
  • Play an active and flexible role as a member of the Sustainability team
  • Attend meetings and events to support learning with a willingness to travel if required

Essential Criteria:

  • Are in full time education at university, and will be returning to university/your studies to complete your undergraduate degree following the placement
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel
  • Good understanding of the fundamental principles of sustainability
  • Planned and organised approach to work and meeting deadlines
  • Able to work well within a team and show initiative
  • Good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication and problem solving

Desirable Criteria:

  • Can work independently, using available resources to overcome problems
  • Experience of data analysis
  • A well-read knowledge of global, national and regional issues that will allow you to communicate the need for environmental design with passion, conviction and reasoning

How to Apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for NERC and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted cover

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Please note that we hold the right to close this vacancy early if a sufficient number of applications have been received.