Press Officer - Science and Conservation
Based: London NW1
Category: Public Relations
Position Type: Full-Time / Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £33,788 p.a (Inclusive of London Weighting)
Our client, a global wildlife conservation charity, is looking for a press officer to cover maternity leave in its busy in-house media team to lead on media outreach for the Science, Conservation and Policy work of their world-renowned organisation.
In line with their dynamic strategy, the individual in this role will seek to raise the awareness of the conservation and science work through sustained media coverage of the organisation and help them to influence policymakers through targeted news reports.
The press officer will report into the Media Manager, and work with the wider communications, science and conservation and policy teams at the organisation, to deliver positive, inspiring and impactful news coverage to raise the profile of the charity to key audiences.
This organisation runs both London and Whipsnade Zoos, they carry out ground-breaking research for wildlife in their Institute of Zoology and puts this research into action in conservation projects around the world. This global work is impossible without support from international conservation partners, collaborators and funders and these stakeholders should be factored into all communication plans.
Working with the Director of Conservation and Policy and the Director of Science, this individual will seek out news stories from across the charity, to ensure that they maintain a high public profile, and its work to influence policy is recognised and understood by all stakeholders.
The press officer must be a self-starter with a sharp nose for news, a keen eye for detail, able to respond quickly to reactive opportunities and have a thorough understanding of the needs and workings of national, local and online media.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in conservation, a thorough understanding of the scientific peer-preview process, and experience in producing science-based communication for broad audiences.
Ultimately, you’ll know that you will help this charity to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wildlife going extinct.
A full-time position that is based primarily at Regent’s Park, NW1 with remote working encouraged when onsite media commitments allow. The role will require occasional travel to manage media interest in UK-based field work, as well as field conservation sites, their sister-site in Bedfordshire, and occasional evening and weekend work.
The press officer will take part in a duty-rota for covering out of hours press queries related to the full breadth of the charity's work, and be expected to take an active role in delivering the wider communications objectives.
What does this employer offer?
You will have access to a blended program of Wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program as well as regular webinars and activities around mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. The opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving diversity and inclusion.
Other benefits include 25 days holiday, life assurance, stakeholder pension (employer contribution is matched up to 12%), complimentary zoo tickets with a 30% discount in shops and online, subsidised canteen, enhanced paternity and maternity leave, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership and access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities.
Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59) Wednesday 29th June 2022
Please note the right is reserved to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.
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This employer is a charity registered in England and Wales. They are committed to the principle of equal opportunities in employment.
No agencies please.