Freshwater Intern

Woking (London), , GB


The UK Water Team is entering the final nine months of its ambitious EU funded project WaterLIFE, which seeks to achieve ‘healthy rivers for people and nature’ (see ). Whilst continuing to deliver aspects of work to meet the project aims, we also have a specific focus assessing the impacts of sewage on water quality and identifying solutions to reduce these impacts. Additionally, we are developing an exciting Final Event with keynote speakers, as well as delivering our project monitoring and evaluation to identify our outputs and outcomes and assess our impacts.

Post the EU Referendum in summer 2016, it is also a time of great uncertainty and potential change to agricultural policies – agriculture being one of the biggest influences on British aquatic biodiversity.  In response to this, WWF-UK is developing its strategy and delivering a campaign to ensure that new environment and agricultural policies help to deliver a healthy water environment.

The UK Water Intern will support these key pieces of work. This position offers an exciting opportunity to develop key skills, knowledge and experience in a leading environmental NGO. The Intern will sit within the Food & Freshwater Team and report to the Policy and Communications Officer.

What’s the purpose of this role?

The role offers an opportunity to gain experience across communications, campaigns and policy as well as increase technical expertise in water management. 

  • WaterLIFE final event and material development:

    • Assist with event management, specifically communicate with speakers, caterers, delegates etc

    • Manage invitations and invite list for final event and liaise with attendees re arrangements

    • Work with a designer to produce event materials

    • Create digital content to support event & social media

    • Assist with post-event activities (such as communication with delegates, online content, social media, dissemination of resources etc)

  • Rivers on the Edge report and launch event

    • Support production of report content including case studies, images and referencing, liaise with copywriters, designers, WWF content team and printers.

    • Support launch event including sourcing venue, producing content, sending invites and managing communication with delegates

    • Support media work including compiling press list with media team, identifying outlets, brainstorming pitches to journalists.

  • WaterLIFE Monitoring and Evaluation:

    • Assist with collection and collation of M&E data from all project delivery organisations, including processing and storing data and assessing for achievement of expected results.

    • Support the organisation and delivery of M&E Workshop(s), including organising venues, programmes and logistics.

  •  Post EU Ref campaign:

    • Working with UK Water Team and Campaign Team to support the UK water element around the Water Bill, especially in producing digital content, event organisation and stakeholder engagement.

  • Fulfil other functions as required by the Policy and Communications Officer.

What skills, knowledge and experience are needed?

  • Self-motivated individual who can use their own initiative

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Good written and verbal skills

  • An interest and knowledge of environmental issues, specifically water management

  • An interest and experience in communications/media an advantage

  • Commitment to WWF mission

At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.