September: Get Employed?

September swings around, unexpectedly again. With it, the familiar sense of anxiety that accompanies the new academic year. However, I have noticed a (probably not) unusual number of entry-level jobs, courses, and opportunities for those looking to get employed this year. For recent graduates, career-switchers, and everyone else, I hope some of these links might be helpful.

Please read my post about opportunities for biology graduates if you’d like to find more! 


1. Retail Team Leader – WWT – £23,688 – £24,935 pa

Closes Friday 19th September (2014)

Working for the environment, in an unrelated discipline, still makes you a conservationist. Raising money, whilst learning about the corporate side of conservation, has its own great role in contributing to the environment. I spent the last 6 months doing the same thing (and saving for a masters!). The Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, in London, is a beautiful location.

2. Information and Office Coordinator – WCL – £20,000 – 23,000 pa

Closes Friday 19th September (2014)

Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL) is an environmental policy umbrella body. Similarly, working for a conservation NGO where you aren’t necessarily doing all the science, makes you no less of a conservationist than your colleagues. I spent a lovely 4 months volunteering with the team at WCL last summer. 

3. Editors, web developer, and marketing director – New Scientist

Deadlines vary

New Scientist is a huge popular science corporation covering everything from animal ecology to medicine. Scientific communication is a hugely important field: there’s no use doing science unless we correctly inform and engage with the public and peers. Several opportunities are currently advertised, based at the London offices, which are accompanied by some generous benefits including life insurance and a pension scheme.  

4. River and Coastal Engineering, Funded Foundation Degree – Bristol UWE with the Environment Agency

Closes Friday 15th January (2015)

Finding a suitable masters, let alone a funded one, is a long and laborious task. This opportunity, funded by the environment agency, offers this vocational study, with a placement, at one of the UK’s greatest cities. The course is designed to make you a fully employable graduate ready to tacky some pressing contemporary problems facing the UK’s cities, as was seen with the recent devastating floods. 

5. Technical Assistant, Field Trials Officer, Post-doctoral researcher – James Hutton Institute 

Deadlines vary

The James Hutton Institute is offering a huge range of opportunities from employment to study in a multitude of areas of science. Scientists work all over the world to provide evidence based solutions, products, and information to help provide for the future. Definitely worth checking out.