Irish Environmental Network seeks two Communications Interns

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Do you have a strong interest in the environment and wish to use your communications skills to promote the work of Ireland’s leading environmental organisations? Then we may be looking for you!

Who we are

The Irish Environmental Network is a network of 30 national environmental non-profit organisations that work individually and jointly to protect the environment and promote the interlinked principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The Irish Environmental Network secretariat consists of a small group of people who help our member groups to achieve their goals by providing support and coordination services. We also support and coordinate the Environmental Pillar, an advocacy coalition comprised of 26 of our member groups.

The role

We are seeking two Communications Interns to assist us with a range of communications activities. These activities will be determined by the needs of the organisation as well as the experience, competencies and interests of the intern, but core activities are likely to include:

•Researching and writing articles for our environmental news website – www.greennews.ie
•Assisting with writing newsletters, press releases, promoting events and campaigns
•Assisting with our social media communications
•Supporting occasional events
•Some administration tasks as required including updating media contact lists

Additional activities would depend on time available, as well as your interest and skills, and could potentially include developing promotional resources and multimedia materials or collaborating on website redesign.

Benefits of the role

You will further develop your communications skills and experience, and your work will have measurable outcomes.

The role will give you an unparalleled perspective of the Irish environmental sector and environmental issues in Ireland and the EU. Your efforts will also help improve the level of collaboration and coordination within the sector to achieve greater environmental sustainability in Ireland.

The position is also a great opportunity to build up contacts from our 30 member organisations who have expertise in areas such as climate change, energy policy, waste, the circular economy, plastic pollution, wildlife conservation, peat production, and forestry.

We also aim to provide training to interns on the likes of sending Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) requests and shooting video and photography as required.

Skills/experience required

This role would suit a Communications or Journalism student/graduate or someone with a background and experience in communications or advocacy activities.

Essential
• Qualification in Communications/PR/Journalism and/or equivalent qualification/experience
• Strong interest in environmental issues
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
• A working knowledge of social and online media
• Strong team player and lateral thinker, comfortable working collaboratively and independently
• Knowledge of MS Office suite

Desirable
• Photography and/or videography skills
• Media experience (university, local, online and/or national media)
• Experience in a website CMS (e.g. WordPress)

Hours per week: 4 days per week but we are willing to be flexible to find the right person
Duration of role: Minimum 3-month commitment
Reports to: Communications and Development Officer
Location: MACRO Centre, 1 Green St, Dublin 7

We cannot offer financial payment for this role.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a CV with a covering letter indicating your interest and suitability for the position. Applications should be sent to office@ien.ie as soon as possible.

Deadline: Friday, 11 August  2017

If you have any queries, please contact Niall on 01 878 0115 or niall@ien.ie