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Job Title: Communications and Public Affairs Intern

About the Opportunity

The Sustainable Soils Alliance is looking for a Communications and Public Affairs intern to help monitor and communicate policy relating to one of the emerging, critical environment issues of the age: healthy soil. We are offering a paid internship ideally suited to someone looking to launch a career in environmental politics and communications and gain an understanding of how a small NGO works.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and monitoring of scientific and political developments 
  • Writing weekly blog on the latest soil related scientific and political developments
  • Maintaining and expanding the SSA’s social media presence 
  • Shared calendar oversight, meetings planning and meeting output drafting
  • Assist in drafting and proofreading SSA content and newsletters
  • Assist in maintaining the SSA website 
  • Assist with SSA communications strategy
  • Assist on tasks related to the SSA’s public engagement project, uksoils

Skills, Experience and Approach

You will have some or all of the following:

  • BA or BSc degree (you do not need to have a degree in either environmental science or politics, however you should have a demonstrable genuine interest in both of these areas)
  • Ability to understand, digest and explain science and policy clearly and concisely
  • A well organised and systematic approach and excellent attention to detail 
  • Social media proficiency
  • Solid IT skills – familiarity with Joomla and Mailchimp a bonus
  • Ability to support day-to day admin tasks

You will be:

  • Committed to the overarching aims of the organisation and passionate about furthering these
  • Eager to learn on the job, develop and participate as part of a team
  • Fluid and adaptable in your approach
  • Able to find solutions to projects and tasks
  • A team player, have excellent interpersonal skills, be communicative both within the team and with external stakeholders and colleagues


The environmental sector is amongst the least diverse in the UK. We are working internally and with other green NGOs to address this where we can. We hope that the actions we take will ensure the opportunities offered by the SSA are available and attractive to people from a diverse range of backgrounds, especially those from communities who experience systemic marginalisation. We want the SSA to be a workplace where people feel comfortable, supported and empowered. This is a paid internship (Real Living Wage) and no previous experience in the environmental sector is necessary for this role.

If you feel there are ways in which we could improve our recruitment process and opportunities and would like to inform us, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

How to apply

Please read our full job description for this role (below).

Please submit your CV with a one-page covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline: 31st October 11:59pm

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