Friday, 2 September 2016

Paid Intern opportunity (6 Months) - In-Situ Environment Assistant

This is a full-time paid internship for six months and open to people aged up to 24 years old who are currently registered as unemployed with Job Centre and live in Lancashire.

Description: Environment Engagement Assistant

This is an amazing opportunity for a recent graduate or equivalent who wants to forge a career working across art, ecology and geography. This is an ideal post for a motivated individual looking for experience in environment engagement and project development in the fields of environmental art, ecology, and geography (particularly social, human, psycho and experimental geography).

Post Title:                    In-Situ Environment Engagement Assistant

Employer:                   In-Situ

Location of Post:       Brierfield Library
                                   Colne Road
                                   BB9 5HW

Employer Lead:        Paul Hartley, Director

Contact Details:

Line Manger:             Paul Hartley

Hours                          35 hours per week
Rate of Pay:              £7.85 per hour

*At the time of applying you must be aged 18 – 24 years old, live in Lancashire and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre plus.
Please submit a letter of application no more than 2 sides of A4 (point 11) covering the following:
  • ·      Why you would like this opportunity?
  • ·      What you would hope to achieve?
  • A current CV

Deadline Tuesday 20th September 2016 5 PM
Interviews will be held on Thursday 29th September
To apply for the internship contact Rachel Holden at 01772 537 546 or email

For more information on the role email Kerry Morrison on  or call 07801709721

About In-Situ:

In-Situ is a dynamic artist led not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 and embedded in the former mill towns of Brierfield and Nelson, in Pendle, East Lancashire. In-Situ’s work explores the locale and responds to the people, place, and culture of Pendle in a sensitive manner. Inter-disciplinary approaches, collaboration and collaborative inquiry are fundamental to our core structure and our methodologies. With a social and environmental approach we work with and within communities. We listen to people's concerns and aspirations through meaningful conversations and nurture into existence art and environmental interventions that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the environment.
Feedback from local residents indicates that people are interested in art that responds to, and integrates with, the fabric of Pendle: the environment, local cultures, and social issues.

For more information about our work and past and present projects, visit our website and Facebook page
Twitter: @insitu_1


In-Situ is seeking a highly motivated and forward thinking person who is interested in interdisciplinary art/ecology/geography approaches and community engagement to join our team.

This is an opportunity to be involved in an exciting new initiative that aims to improve access and enjoyment to the landscape and heritage of Pendle Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Environment Engagement Assistant will assist with the development of a Pendle Hill AONB environment arts programme and an audience development plan. These significant pieces of work will inform the preparation of a Stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund by The Forest of Bowland and the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. 

The Environment Engagement Assistant will work closely with the In-Situ Directors in partnership with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Development Officers to develop an exquisite and location specific environmental arts programme integrating art, ecology and geography approaches, and the audience development plan, which brings together the research and findings of the partners that has identified barriers to accessing the AONB landscape and means to overcoming these barriers. The audience development plan will be an easy to use guide, designed specifically for the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership to assist with targeting audiences and participants for a range of outdoor activities across the Pendle Hill AONB. The environmental arts strand will develop a programme of high quality, ambitious works that inspires and connects us to the Pendle Hill AONB landscape, it’s ecology and heritage. The environmental arts development stage will lead to an Arts Council England application to Grants for the Arts.

Throughout, you will be given support from In-Situ’s Environment Artist and Art Director, Dr. Kerry Morrison and In-Situ’s Engagement Director, Paul Hartley.

Key Tasks:

The Environment Engagement Assistant will support with:
  • The creative development of the audience development plan
  • The environmental art programme development
  • The Arts Council Grants for the Arts application
  • On-going community engagement work, which will include broadcasting on the In-Situ community radio (ISBCA Art Radio) - training will be given
  • On-going consultation activity, which includes: art/ecology/geography interventions and mapping within the Pendle Hill AONB area
  • Social media (Tweets and Facebook) to promote activities (as above)

In addition, you will be expected to:
  • Provide administrative support as required
  • Attend local meetings and events as required
  • Assist with promotional materials for events, for example, putting up posters.
  • Interact positively with participants, volunteers and any other agencies involved
  • Carry out other duties in line with the level of the post.

The selected intern will:
  • Give weekly updates of their progress at the team meetings
  • Keep a diary of work to evidence progress of tasks
  • Keep accurate timesheets of hours of work.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

The Candidate should either: be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience in either art, ecology or geography practice in relation to access and/or appreciation of the natural environment; or, a recent graduate with a degree related to the subject of this post.

Candidates must demonstrate a high level of personal motivation.
We require an intern who:
  • Has great communication skills: written and conversational
  • Enjoys working in collaboration and as part of a team
  • Is friendly and outgoing
  • Has strong planning and organisational skills
·Has a good understanding of IT, including the use of social media.
  • Possess the ability to engage with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Is wiling to work unsociable hours as and when required

Additional Information

Forest of Bowland AONB

The Forest of Bowland AONB was designated in 1964 with a primary purpose to conserve and enhance 800 square kilometres of important upland landscape within Lancashire and North Yorkshire.  An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is designated and protected under the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, with protection further enhanced by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Pendle Hill, located on the South East fringe of the Forest Of Bowland, is an iconic landmark. However, it has two very different sides: light and dark, and its summit acts as a divide between places, people and economic activity. This exciting programme looks to gather together the two sides of the hill and re-connect people with their landscape and their past, to safeguard the area's wildlife and heritage and to improve people's access to this popular countryside area. We will do this by providing opportunities for training and volunteering; by supporting research and devising digital interpretation to inspire a new generation about our heritage; by restoring important wildlife and landscape features, and by working with communities to re-tell the stories of radical Pendle people. This programme will increase pride in this special place and raise aspirations amongst communities, and it will bring in new investment to support the environment and the economy.

Environment Engagement Assistant Personal Specification

Essential (E) or Desirable (D)

  • A Honors Degree or equivalent in related subjects
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of current practice and research in related subjects


Essential (E) or Desirable (D)
  • Experience of working as part of a team.
·Ability to work on own initiative.
·Experience of dealing with members of the public both in person, over the telephone and by email/letter
  • Positive attitude to community work with the ability to listen to and respond to different peoples needs.


Knowledge & Skills
Essential (E) or Desirable (D)
·An understanding and opinion on art (in it’s broadest sense)
·An understanding of ecology and the natural environment
·An understanding community engagement
·Ability to communicate effectively on all levels both verbally and in writing.
·Excellent time management, planning, organisational and presentation skills.
·Ability to work well with others and show a positive attitude in the work place.
·An understanding of IT and related applications.






Other (Including special requirements):

  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Cooperative
  • Versatile
  • Resourceful
  • Creative