Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244470
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 05 March 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 March 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £28,200 per annum to £30,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC-6 new
Contract Type: Fixed Term until 31st March 2020
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th March 2018

Role Responsibilities:

  • assist in developing and delivering a programme of creative and dynamic public engagement materials and activities in line with the UK Geo-energy observatories communications plan
  • assist in the creation of fresh ideas for digital, print and face-to-face public engagement activities
  • support the development of new internal and external relationships with public, academic, stakeholder and commercial partners that will lead to new opportunities and collaborations for public engagement
  • utilise traditional, digital, social and multi-media channels to promote and implement engagement activities
  • manage internal and external multi-media experts to produce high-quality materials to support the UK Geo-energy observatories public engagement programme outlined in the delivery plan
  • assist in the development of new, dynamic and engaging activities at open days and science fairs
  • evaluation of stakeholder feedback
  • maintenance of stakeholder databases
  • media monitoring and evaluation.

Organization Description

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.


  • a degree in a related subject 
  • NCTJ preliminary qualifications (or industry equivalent)
  • valid driving licence and willingness to drive as part of the role
  • delivering communication outputs aligned to strategic communications objectives
  • use of traditional, digital, social and multi-media channels to promote and implement engagement activities
  • creation of materials for public engagement
  • ideas generation for digital, print and face-to-face public engagement materials and activities (digital and print newsletters, exhibition materials, information leaflets, brochures, web materials, social media content, interactive/kinetic engagement materials)
  • adapting tone of voice in written materials, working to key messages & working to house style
  • working with a creative production team such as graphic designers, illustrators, printers, web developers, photographers & film makers, etc
  • creative production process
  • research, source identification, interviewing and writing for a range of media
  • experience of Microsoft Office packages 
  • knowledge of print production process
  • ability to provide clear written and spoken briefs to creative production teams and team members
  • excellent copywriting skills
  • ability to produce a range of print and digital publications (exhibition materials, media materials, printed matter)
  • excellent attention to detail & proofreading skills
  • effective written communication skills
  • experience of project managing outputs
  • ability to work collaborately to achieve approval on production materials
  • ability to review and edit comments, suggestions, corrections and amendments to materials while retaining message integrity and meeting the objective of the communications task
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • able to work as a collaborative team member
  • adapt to changing priorities
  • knowledge of financial issues relating to; budget reporting and ensuring outputs are kept in budget
  • willingness to travel to Glasgow and Cheshire as required and attend occasional meetings elsewhere in the UK 
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • demonstrates an interest in the rationale for the UK Geoenergy Observatories
  • demonstrates an interest in effective public engagement and two-way dialogue
  • demonstrates an interest in their own continuing professional development.


  • CIPR qualifications
  • NCJ qualification or other editing, news reporting, feature writing, or copywriting training and qualifications
  • management of external suppliers to deliver to briefs
  • maintenance of stakeholder databases
  • media monitoring and evaluation
  • budget management experience
  • evaluation of stakeholder & public feedback
  • experience in using Adobe Creative Suite software elements
  • use of Survey Monkey (or equivalent)
  • use of Mailchimp (or equivalent)
  • experience of using web content management systems.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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