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Academic internship: Science communication and engagement: environment and health - 25454

The Environment Agency
£20,507 pro rata
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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Job Details


Number of jobs available  1

Region  South West

City/Town  Bristol

Building/Site  Horizon House

Grade  Staff Grade 2

Post Type  Internship

Working Pattern  Full Time

Role Type  Science

Salary Minimum  £20,507 pro rata


Job description  

The intern will work with Science Communication and Engagement specialists in the Research Hub to help tell compelling science stories primarily about health and environment research happening in the Chief Scientist’s Group.

The role holder will work closely with research scientists to turn complex ideas into engaging content for a variety of non-specialist audiences, internally and externally to the Environment Agency. This includes, but isn’t limited to, blogs, tweets and events, as well as the opportunity to develop and test new ideas.

There will be a strong focus on planning and producing communications and engagement content that showcases the organisation’s leading environmental antimicrobial resistance work ( However, the role holder will be expected to be able to work flexibly on other ad-hoc topics as necessary.

The team  

The Research Hub is a friendly, busy team at the heart of the Chief Scientist’s Group.
Led by Robert Bradburne, Chief Scientist, the Group leads on science, research, analysis and evaluation for the Environment Agency. Our teams identify the evidence needed to support the business of the Environment Agency.
We identify gaps and emerging trends, source the evidence, and translate and communicate it in a compelling way to provide confidence in decisions the organisation takes.

Experience/skills required  

While an undergraduate of higher degree in a relevant scientific research area may be useful, it is not compulsory for this role. We welcome students and recent graduates from across the academic spectrum who can demonstrate the following:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to produce high quality content that is clear and engaging for a variety of audiences using a range of media, including social media
• Interest in the environment and cutting-edge science and research
• Experience of effective science translation and engagement
• Enjoy writing and be able to produce and edit written content with ease
• Good at building relationships
• Well organised, able to prioritise and manage varying work-loads
• Be a team player, willing to work collaboratively and help others to achieve team goals. You will also be able to work independently
• Have IT skills required to work effectively and remotely

Contact and additional information  

The Research Hub is a dispersed team with a core in Bristol.

If you would like an informal chat about the role or need support applying, we encourage you to contact the role’s supervisor, Anna Woolman on 07769 586903.

This post will be based in Bristol.

Interviews will take place on MS Teams in March.

The internship will last for up to 16 weeks, starting in July and ending by 31 October at the latest.

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Closing Date:  

17/02/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required  

Basic Check

Length of contract  

until 31/10/2023

Competence 1  

Communicates Effectively


Explain how you have used your excellent written and verbal communication skills to convey information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively to different audiences.

Competence 2  

Influences and Persuades Others


Explain how you have used your ability to build relationships and influence others to present a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly.

Competence 3  

Achieves Results


Give an example of how you set and deliver high work standards, demonstrating your drive to meet targets. Include how you prioritise and organise tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.



The Environment Agency operates at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives.  We work closely with a wide range of partners to achieve a cleaner, healthier environment which benefits people and the economy; to better protect the nation against natural threats and hazards and to build stronger partnerships, while applying the environmental standards within which industry can operate. 

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