North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Graduate Project Assistant – Finding Nature’s Footprints

The Finding Nature’s Footprints team are looking for a graduate to join them as a Project Assistant. 

You will work on the ‘Finding Nature’s Footprints’ project based in Barnstaple supporting a range of activities including surveying, conservation tasks, and community engagement across the North Devon Coast AONB. There will be a variety of training opportunities both formal and on-the-job related to ecology and people skills, working with the AONB team and project partners to acquire and implement new skills and knowledge whilst delivering project results and outcomes for nature and for people. This role is part of the Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) scheme and offers a full-time contract (36.5 hours per week) for 12 months. You will be employed by the University of Exeter and seconded to Devon County Council. A full driving licence and ability to travel across North Devon (sometimes to rural areas which are not accessible via public transport). Occasional remote working is possible with your main activities being outdoors in North Devon and Torridge. Some evening work will be required to deliver planned activities. For more information on the GBP scheme, please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/internships.   

About You – You should be a graduate with a degree in a relevant subject, have knowledge of botany, ecology, environmental science, or conservation, have the ability to communicate in a lively and persuasive manner in person and in written work with a range of audiences, and have ability to engage positively with a wide range of groups and individuals. You should be competent in Microsoft Office, have social media skills, have the ability to express complex issues clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing, be able to work collaboratively as a key member of a small multi-disciplinary team, and be able to take responsibility and work on own initiative. You should have determination and commitment to completing the internship, have an interest in gaining new skills and knowledge, be reliable confident, personable and a self-starter, and be flexible and adaptable to changing situations. You should also have the ability to move bulky display material to events and shows, have an organised approach to work to meet deadlines, and have a willingness to work outside in all weathers and outside of normal office hours on occasion.

The Benefits to You – You will have access to a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition from the University, including a generous pension, a holiday allowance of 39 days per year, Totum Card (student discount) and Salary Exchange Schemes (such as the Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted membership to the university’s sports facilities including cricket centre, indoor/outdoor pools, squash courts and fitness centres). The University offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus 1:1 support from the Internships Team. You will be offered a ‘How to Make the Most of Your Internship’ guide, bespoke mentoring, work shadow and career consultancy opportunities.

Application Closing Date: 10 September 2023

Interviews: 19 September 2023

Click here to download the job description and person specification.

For the full details and application process visit Handshake.

Non-Exeter Graduates can request the full job description and application form by emailing internships@exeter.ac.uk

We are not able to accept CVs, please use the Internship Application Form‌.

Please return your completed form to internships@exeter.ac.uk