Career development and volunteering opportunities with CSES
As it enters its centenary season, CSES (Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society) is looking for new volunteers to grow the core team and drive forward its recently launched strategy.
Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career beyond the immediate day job? Perhaps you have some time to spare and would like to spend it supporting a local charity? Or do you enjoy volunteering for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and would like to be more involved?
This is an excellent chance to make a real difference to our community. CSES volunteers actively contribute to, and influence, what goes on locally by representing a respected body and working with a wide range of other organisations, including local government, the education sector and businesses. It is also a chance to grow your network, whether personal or professional.
Remember: any time spent volunteering for CSES counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is a perfect complement – or coda (we know plenty of retired people enjoy this sort of thing!) – to a career in the STEAM or education sectors. We are already affiliated in some way with many local employers – and want to build relationships with more – working with us is good for your progression and employment prospects.
There are three specific areas where we are looking for more people:
Strategic development group
- Seeking excellent career progression opportunity?
- Passionate about the ‘big issues’ such as net-zero carbon and use of data / AI?
- Help us to map out the major issues and bring the right private and public sector partners together to drive change within Essex.
Community partnerships and network
- Want to make a difference to your local community at grassroots level?
- Enjoy working with others and/or looking to make new connections?
- Help us to build a network of similar organisations across Essex to share our resources and give the public wider visibility of events and activities.
Public engagement and educational events
- Enjoy making things happen and running with new ideas?
- Can you, for example, put together events, run projects and workshops, produce videos or come up with innovative ways of engaging online?
- Help us to expand and diversify our programme for schools and for the public to bring science and technology to all.
Read on to find out more about each of these. We are also always looking for people who can help in a more ad hoc capacity with specific projects and events.
CSES to host Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on 15 March 2021
In an exciting new development for CSES, we will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Reddit.
If you are not familiar with the AMA format, it is where notable groups and individuals invite the community to ask them any question, which they will do their best to answer in near real-time.
LIVE link to Reddit: https://redd.it/m5i6g5
Click here to find out more.
The British Science Association is looking to recruit a talented and organised Festival Operations Officer to help us plan and deliver the British Science Festival 2021.
The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest-standing science festival which connects people with researchers from across the scientific spectrum. It offers an inspiring programme of free events to the public over five days, attracting around 15,000 visitors. The talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense.
Full-time (35 hours per week). Fixed-term contract terminating on 17 September 2021. Preferred start date: 6 April 2021.
To apply, submit an application here. You will need to provide a CV and a covering letter. The closing date for applications is 23.59, Sunday 7 March 2021. First interviews are likely to take place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March 2021.
- Act as the main logistical point of contact for Festival event organisers/speakers.
- Support the Events & Festival Operations Manager in building and managing the Festival Masterplan.
- Recruit, train, and oversee the temporary Festival Assistants.
- Lead on Festival accommodation administration.
- Oversee the integrity of Festival-related data.
- Coordinate the administration of the event’s Risk Assessment forms.
- Manage staff and goods transport (including staff travel bookings, coaches, parking facilities, supplier delivery details etc.)
- Monitor the Festival Inbox along with members of the Engagement Team.
- Attend meetings and site visits in Chelmsford in the run-up to the Festival.
- Support the Festival on-site event management and delivery as required.
- Other duties as reasonably required by the line manager.
The STEM Ambassador Programme, in partnership with Brightside charity, is launching a national online mentoring scheme to support young people who are interested in STEM.
Available from end of February to May 2021, the scheme pairs each young person with a STEM Ambassador volunteer who is ready to support them with exploring STEM career options, helping them to feel more confident about their future. The mentoring will take place flexibly, through a moderated messaging system and all STEM Ambassadors are DBS or PVG checked as standard. Register by 7 March.