JOB TITLE: Volunteer Engagement Officer

REPORTING TO: Engagement Manager


BASED: British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD.
Some travel within the UK will be needed.

TERMS: Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent
Requests for part-time or flexible working will be considered

SALARY: £20-£25k per annum (pro-rata)

This is an opportunity to join an ambitious and changing organisation which aims to make science a fundamental part of our culture and society.

The British Science Association is looking to recruit a talented Volunteer Engagement Officer to help us implement our new vision and strategy. Details of our vision are on our website: 

The Volunteer Engagement Officer will be overseen by the Engagement Manager and will specialise in growing and supporting our volunteer networks across the UK, particularly our regional branches, which are comprised of over 600 volunteers. This focus will form approximately three-quarters of the role. For the remaining quarter of the time the officer will have the opportunity to work across other programmes on ‘away projects’ and will report to the manager(s) of those projects.

This role would suit someone with an interest in public engagement with science and at least six-months’ experience in supporting volunteers, in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

Full job description (pdf)

Terms and conditions
From time to time the job entails working extended hours, for which no overtime payments are made. However, the British Science Association does operate a time off in lieu policy.

The Association offers a number of benefits to employees including a contributory pension for eligible employees after three months’ service. Employees are also entitled to either an interest free season ticket following their probationary period or after three months' service (whichever is the longer) or a bicycle loan following the probationary period. All employees are eligible to have death in service insurance from day one of service.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK. You will also be asked to declare any previous convictions in line with your rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

It is the policy of the British Science Association to appoint successful candidates on the lower end of the pay scale. This allows for progression for the successful candidate during their time at the BSA.

To apply: Please send your CV (no more than two A4 pages) and a covering letter (no more than one A4 page) that summarises your interest in this post. Please provide evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification and send it to: 

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday, 4 April 2016.

Interviews for this post will be held on Tuesday, 12 April 2016; we will endeavour to inform you as soon as possible after the application deadline whether or not you have been selected for interview.

However, due to number of responses we receive we may be unable to respond individually to each application. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a company committed to diversity. The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially discriminating factor.

Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is the practice of the Association to examine job descriptions from time to time and to update them to ensure they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are reasonably required, in discussion with the post-holder.