Communities & Membership Engagement Officer

Institution of Environmental Sciences
£26-30k, based on experience
London/Hybrid/Remote (UK) options considered
15 August 2022

Ethny Childs, 020 3862 7484

The IES is a professional body with its membership representing the full spectrum of environmental sciences, spanning fields as diverse as air quality, land condition and marine and coastal science –wherever you find environmental work underpinned by science.

We aim to unite science and people to resolve environmental challenges and to create and sustain a knowledgeable, skilled, diverse, and trusted environmental profession engaged in the transformation to a sustainable society.

Main Purpose of the Post

Your role will be engaging environmental scientists in our wealth of content and activities. You will work collaboratively with the Communities & Partnership Lead and our Communities (special interest groups) to help deliver an ambitious workplan of activities and will play a key role in developing new workstreams.

You will be an outgoing, personable and empathetic individual with the ability to work with a multitude of different stakeholders and pick up complex information quickly. Relishing the chance to engage with a wide range of environmental experts, you will need to be highly flexible, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office. You will also have strong communication skills, with the ability to adapt your communication style depending on the audience and objectives.

Job Role


  • Support our Communities (including the IAQM) by facilitating meetings, providing support and linking with other IES staff members to enable the Communities to develop and deliver on their annual workplans
  • Work with other IES staff members, support on the delivery of high-quality delivery of outputs from the communities, such as events, policy outputs, publications, guidance and other resources
  • Monitor and report on Communities’ progress, and facilitate further engagement and process improvement
  • Undertake horizon scanning for each specialism represented by a community and capture and disseminate key developments in the sector in an engaging format

Membership engagement

  • Undertake initiatives to improve membership engagement with IES membership services
  • Implement changes to membership services based on member feedback received through surveys, focus groups etc.
  • Identify opportunities to improve our volunteer management and recruit members to contribute to our voluntary programmes
  • Develop and test communication channels to improve member engagement

Person Specification
This is a multi-skilled position and we recognise that no candidate is likely to have all the desirable skills.

Essential (all IES roles) Desirable (all IES roles)
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Office-based experience of at least 1 year
  • Demonstrable ability to quickly pick up new tasks and communicate complex or technical concepts effectively
  • Flexible approach with the ability to use own initiative and rapidly respond to varying stakeholder needs
  • Comfortable working within a small team as well as autonomously
  • Recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Interest in the environment, sustainability and/or science
  • Experience in the environmental or NGO/charity sector
  • Masters degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Experience using Zoom or equivalent online platforms for meetings/events
Essential (role-specific) Desirable (role-specific)
  • Clear and confident communicator using a number of different mediums and able to adapt communication style as needed for different audiences and objectives
  • Good people skills – empathetic, personable and outgoing
  • Track record in producing creative and effective content to engage target audiences
  • Professional experience of science communication
  • Professional experience of capturing outcomes of discussion in reports or papers
  • A degree in environmental science, science, project management, marketing, or similar

About the Role
This position is full-time. Interviews will take place in mid to late August, with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply for this role, please submit a CV and short Covering Letter explaining your motivation for applying and briefly addressing the essential criteria for the role (up to 500 words) to We also ask you to complete an optional Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring form (docx); this does not form any part of the selection process but is used to help us monitor the effectiveness of our policy. Please specify in the email subject the job title you are applying for and submit before Noon on 15th August.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Why work for us?
At the IES, we know that the secret of a successful professional body is the quality of the people behind the membership services. 

Our small, inclusive team work collaboratively with one another, as well as our fantastic trustees, members and partner organisations, to fulfil our mission of advocating for science and the environment. 

With an inclusive and intellectually stimulating workplace, we are sure you will enjoy the culture of working at the IES. We care about nurturing your career development with individualised professional development plans and a separate budget that you can spend on your learning. 

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