Parliamentary Assistant
Reference: JUL20214178
Location: Flexible
Salary: £22,986.00 – £25,500.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance
Duration: 1 year

Are you passionate about ensuring that politicians take action to tackle the nature and climate crises? Do you love nature and want to make sure we protect and restore it for future generations? This is a critical year for nature, with two major UN summits at the end of the year and legislation proposed or currently being considered across all four UK legislatures, that could transform the way we protect and restore our natural environment. We are recruiting new roles into our External Affairs team to ensure that nature gets the voice it needs.

What’s the role about

You will work to raise the profile of the RSPB and our work across Westminster and Whitehall more broadly, working closely with our events and communications colleagues to increase engagement of Parliamentarians with our events including Big Garden Birdwatch, International Dawn Chorus Day and Endangered Species Day. More broadly, you will manage communication with MPs through regular MP newsletters and explore innovative options to engage parliamentarians with the work of the RSPB including at a local level. You will also engage with advocates across the four countries of the UK to share ideas and knowledge to develop best practices.

You will also provide support for the Species Champions project. This project pairs MPs up with threatened and endangered species, from Atlantic salmon and the ruderal bumblebee to the curlew and sandeel. These MPs work to raise the profile of their species, including speaking up in debates, tabling amendments to legislation, asking questions and writing to Government Ministers. You will work closely with the nine other NGO partners and the Senior Parliamentary Officer to support the project, the Species Champions and to explore options to promote and extend the project.

Working with events and external affairs colleagues you will help support for internal and external events and provide broader advocacy support to the policy and advocacy department. This is a fast-paced and varied role, where you’ll gain experience of political lobbying in a crucial year for nature.

What we need from you

You will be a talented communicator with the ability to form effective and influential partnerships. You will bring innovation and creativity to the parliamentary team, with an ability to work closely with our communications and events colleagues to maximise parliamentarian’s engagement with our natural world, the work of the RSPB and our events.

You will have an understanding of politics, decision making and a passion for our natural world.

Essential qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject or work experience providing the same level of ability.

Essential skills

  • A creative and effective communicator with good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Able to prioritise effectively
  • Able to manage projects effectively
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:

An understanding of the role of public facing communications/campaigns in supporting policy advocacy

  • Experience in working in or organising events
  • An interest in environmental or conservation policy.
  • A working understanding of the Westminster parliament and devolved politics across the UK.

Closing date: 23:59, 25 August 2021


If you would like to find out more, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

No agencies please.