Current vacancies

communications assistant 

Purpose of role: To maintain and grow the charity’s online communications across digital platforms and support the team with office administration and event organisation at Whitley Fund for Nature: an impactful fundraising and grant-giving wildlife conservation NGO focused on supporting grassroots projects across the Global South.

Reports to: The Head of Communications with matrix management to the Operations Manager

Place of work: Central London, with the option to work remotely up to 2 days p/w

Contract: Full-time, permanent contract, working 5 days p/w

Salary: £29,900 p.a.

Deadline: 14th June (before end of day). Initial interviews will be targeted for 24th June. Reasonable interview travel costs are eligible to be reimbursed.

WFN is a fundraising and grant-giving nature conservation charity. Established in 1993, we have channelled £23 million to 220 conservation leaders in 80 countries across the Global South, benefitting wildlife, landscapes, and people. We are now seeking to expand the team in line with our activities by recruiting a Communications Assistant to maintain and grow the organisation’s online communications across digital and social media platforms and support the team with office administration and event organisation.

The post-holder should be keen to make a difference by working in a small team across an impactful organisation. They should have demonstrable skills in online communications and audience engagement, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, experience with event organisation and the ability to support a vibrant team to flourish.

The Communications Assistant will report to The Head of Communications with matrix management to the Operations Manager, dividing their time by working on communications 3 days p/w and office administration and charity events 2 days p/w. If you have a flair for communications, want to help protect our planet and are seeking to gain first-hand experience working for a UK-based conservation charity, then this could be the perfect role for you.

“Saving our planet is now a communications challenge. We know what to do, we just need the will” Sir David Attenborough.

Personal specification


  • Demonstrable history of producing effective digital communications to engage audiences including across website and social media.
  • Understanding of and interest in wildlife conservation.
  • Experience of assisting with event organisation.
  • Ability to support a small team with administrative tasks.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Confident webmaster/editor.
  • Competency with basic video editing.
  • Strong interpersonal qualities (interface with team members, trustees, media, donors, partners, suppliers, international grantees).
  • A creative thinker with an eye for design, who can build timely campaigns and keep content fresh to increase engagement.
  • Organised, with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Able to manage and prioritise a varied workload within deadline.
  • Capable to work as part of team and on own initiative.
  • Flexible ‘can do’ approach and will flourish in a small office environment.
  • Willing to positively contribute to our team and culture by upholding our Values.


  • Competency using a Salesforce database, WordPress & Mail Chimp.
  • Experience using Canva and Hootsuite to aid with content creation and scheduling.

Additional details and benefits:

  • Attractive holiday package totalling 30 days p.a. plus bank holidays.
  • Training and professional development opportunities provided.
  • Opportunity to work from home 2 days p/w.
  • The charity operates a Pension Scheme.

How to apply:

  • Send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel you would be right for this position and your motivation to: [email protected].
  • Please indicate what your notice period, if any, would be in your letter.
  • Please also send a signed copy of our Candidate Privacy Notice with your application.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship. Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK at the time of application will be considered for this role.
Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing
date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

Find the full application pack here.