Publications Officer

Institution of Environmental Sciences
£26-30k, based on experience
London (hybrid)
19 June 2023

Send CV, cover letter & equal opportunities monitoring form by Noon on 19th June

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

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, reports and other publications.
  • Support the production and delivery of publications, including tracking progress against production schedules; liaising with and providing feedback to contributors; editing in line with house style; and coordinating the work of external graphic designers, copyeditors and printers.
  • Act as the first point of contact for appropriate experts and 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 art direction and design 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, and collate the monthly e-newsletter and Foundation for Water Research newsletter.
  • Help to develop processes to engage members in suggesting topics of interest and contributing to publications.
  • To undertake any other relevant tasks as specified by the Publications Lead or Senior Management Team.

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 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
The position is full time, and is permanent subject to a three-month probation period. Interviews will take place remotely via Zoom on the week commencing 26th June, 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 to the email provided, explaining your motivation for applying and briefly addressing the essential and applicable desirable criteria for the role (up to 500 words). We also ask you to complete an optional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring form; this does not form any part of the selection process but is used to help us monitor the effectiveness of our policy. Please submit before Noon on Monday 19th June

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK


The IES aims to ensure meetings, events and communications are accessible to all. If you anticipate needing any type of assistance to apply for this role, please email Bea Gilbert or call the IES office.

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.

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.

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