Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) Project Officer

Organisation:              Royal Society of Biology
Salary:                         £25,000 FTE pa pro rata
Location:                     London
Hours:                         Part time; 3 days per week (0.6 FTE)
Position type:              Recruitment (secondment considered)
Contract:                     24 months (3-month probationary period)
Reports to:                  NCI Secretariat
Line Management:      RSB Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Closing date:              19th June 2017 9am
Interview date:           28th June 2017 at Charles Darwin House, London

Apply: Apply online via our website or send a cover letter detailing your interest in the role and an updated CV listing the details of two referees to

The Natural Capital Initiative: Making natural capital count

The Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) engages scientists, businesses and policy-makers to find real world, practical solutions to pressing environmental issues in the UK. NCI was founded in 2009 and is a partnership project of four eminent UK science organisations: the Royal Society of Biology, the British Ecological Society, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and the James Hutton Institute.

NCI is operated day to day by a secretariat, constituted of one representative from each of these organisations, and facilitated by a part-time Project Officer; it is overseen by a Steering Group; and constituted as a special interest group of the RSB.

NCI activities aim to increase the practical application of natural capital science by businesses and policymakers as well as highlighting key gaps in the scientific knowledge.


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Job description


  • To work with the Chair and partners to enable delivery of NCI's strategic aims.
  • To act as the main point of contact for NCI's internal and external stakeholders, and to communicate the purposes, outputs and impact of NCI to them effectively. To work with NCI partners to ensure that NCI is an effective delivery mechanism for the agreed common interests related to natural capital.


  • To work towards the strategic objectives of NCI; working closely with the Chair to enable efficient day to day decision making and implementation.
  • To communicate with partners regularly and effectively and work with Steering Group, Secretariat or seconded members to deliver NCI projects and outputs, including but not limited to NCI dialogue sessions, meetings and publications.
  • To convene regular meetings of the NCI steering group, including minuting and reporting responsibilities, and to ensure regular engagement with steering group members between meetings. 
  • To communicate the outputs of the NCI, working with partner representatives, press officers and others, to supporters and interested parties; maintaining the NCI website, and using social media, and newsletters as appropriate.
  • To proactively engage with new initiatives as they arise, in line with NCI objectives.

For more information contact:

Dr Laura Bellingan FRSB

Royal Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

Direct line: 020 7685 2560


Person description

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent), preferably in bioscience or environmental subject
  • A good understanding of Natural Capital and environment issues
  • Skilled communicator (oral and written)                                                                          
  • Ability to command the confidence of people at all levels of seniority                            
  •  Ability to convey complex policy-related ideas effectively                                           
  • Self-organised and able to manage several tasks simultaneously                                 
  • An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working                          
  • A commitment to the values and ambitions of the NCI and partners                              



  • Writing, editing and disseminating reports           
  • Experience of organising/managing events                                                                    
  • Experience of fundraising/contributing to funding applications
  • Interested in and aware of broad environmental policy                             
  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant subject                                                          
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts                               
  • Experience of working within a Learned Society or the charitable sector                       



  • Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions
  • Able to undertake national and/or international travel on rare occasions


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