Position: Environment, Conservation and Human Rights Leadership Internship
Based: EJF office in London
Contract: Full-time, 6-month internship
Salary: £24,000

Internship overview

This internship is specifically and exclusively designed for BAME individuals in the UK, with the intention of giving future leaders a step up and into the environment, conservation and human-rights professional community.

We are doing this in recognition that within this sector – and particularly across conservation and environment – there is a significant underrepresentation of the BAME community in leadership positions. This is neither acceptable nor wise, the sector’s ability to leverage change is diminished by this absence and is tarnished by its failure to act on it.

EJF is therefore initiating a pilot project to recruit and mentor a member of the BAME community, early in their career (within three years of graduating with a first or second degree) within this paid internship “Environment, Conservation and Human Rights Leadership”.

The internship will be for six months and be paid at a rate of £24,000 pro rata.

The internship will deliberately focus on leadership development to support the intern on the path to sit at the top of organisations – this will build and accelerate positive change.

A live programme of work has been developed for the intern to deliver specific outputs, geared toward outcomes where they can learn “real-world” marketable skills and experience that will help them work their way into senior positions in the sector, being able to demonstrate that they have worked with highly experienced, senior figures in a leading international environmental and human rights organisation.


Section 1 (months 1 – 3)

  1. Communications
  2. Research
  3. Policy

Section 2 (months 3-6)

  1. Finance and budgeting
  2. Investigations and film
  3. Strategic and tactical decision taking

S/he will be guided through two, three-month sessions, running concurrently in two blocks over the six months, in the order listed above. S/he will report to the senior management lead on each subject and report to the CEO monthly on activities, progress, learning and obstacles.

Applications: please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 21 May 2021 at 5pm

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK.

EJF is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.


The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) works to Protect People and Planet.

We believe environmental security is a human right.

EJF investigates and campaigns to protect our natural world, and with it, the communities most dependent upon it. We work at the grassroots, with environmental and human rights activists who are working to expose threats to the local environment and to build sustainable futures. Our investigations and the evidence we gather are presented to the very highest levels of decision taking, amongst policy makers in governments and private industry and to opinion formers including international media and the wider public. EJF works to end illegal fishing and the use of slavery in fisheries, protect our global climate and defend climate refugees, and eradicate the use of hazardous chemical pesticides.

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