Publications Officer

Institution of Environmental Sciences
£26-30k, based on experience
London (flexible working considered)
6 June 2022

The IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science. We activate our global network of leading education institutions, researchers, professionals and policy makers to stand up for science, scientists and the natural world. You can learn more about us by exploring our website.

This is an exciting time to join this friendly and rapidly growing charity. 

Main Purpose of the Post

In collaboration with the Publications Lead, the Publications Officer will be responsible for coordinating the production, delivery and dissemination of key publications and outputs.

You will have strong writing skills and a keen eye for layout and design. Relishing a varied workday and the chance to engage with a wide range of environmental topics, you should be highly organised, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office. You will be an individual who takes pride in their work and can deliver projects to tight deadlines.

Job Role

  • Work with the Publications Lead to originate ideas for the IES journal and other publications. 

  • Support the production and delivery of publications, including developing production schedules and tracking progress; liaising with expert contributors; editing; and coordinating the work of external graphic designers, copyeditors, and printers. 

  • Act as the first point of contact for appropriate experts and contributors. 

  • Review submitted content for adherence to house style requirements and provide feedback to contributors. 

  • Ensure that publications reflect organisational values and adhere to IES brand and editorial guidelines.  

  • Lay out publications using InDesign and produce charts and graphs using Illustrator. 

  • Source appropriate images for print and web use and assist with design direction of publications. 

  • Upload publications to the IES website, creating landing pages and drafting appropriate copy to accompany publications.  

  • Write engaging short-form content for our website, e-newsletter and publications marketing. 

  • Help to develop processes to engage members in suggesting themes and contributing to publications. 

  • Work with other staff to ensure that they are aware of and engaged with upcoming publications and that appropriate links are maintained and built between your work and the organisation’s marketing, policy and events functions. 

  • To undertake any other relevant tasks as specified by the Publications Lead or CEO. 

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 professional experience
  • 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
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and databases



Essential (role-specific) Desirable (role-specific)
  • A degree in environmental science, science communication or similar, or equivalent professional experience
  • Ability to write engaging copy for a variety of audiences
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organisation and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects to tight deadlines
  • Relevant professional experience in a publications or communications-focused role 
  • Experience writing and communicating scientific topics to diverse audiences and evaluating impact 
  • Experience creating content in Adobe InDesign or Illustrator 
  • Experience working in an editorial capacity
  • Experience managing projects with competing priorities in a professional environment 


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

How to Apply
Please send a CV, covering letter (stating "why us and why you?") and equal opportunities monitoring form to Danielle Kopecky by midday on Monday 6 June

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 fulfill our mission of advocating for science and the environment.

With a good list of employee benefits and a social calendar connected to the office, 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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