[Volunteer] Deafness Research UK, Press & PR Volunteer, ??0, clos 18 Mar 2011, #scicomm

This has recently been posted on psci-com, the mailing list at JISCmail for science communication folk. There’s been quite a lot of discussion in response, relating to the ethics of asking people to work for no pay. The charity is asking for a minimum of 14 hours per week which would suit someone who was working two or three days a week and can support themselves while working here, but it’s safe to say that many would be excluded by the lack of an income. It’s a tricky issue and the charity that I work for would be in a difficult position if we weren’t able to work with the thousands of volunteers around the country who do LOADS – so I’ve not weighed in on the mailing list.

Anyway… there’s a job description that may be instructive, whether or not you choose (or are even in the position to be able to choose) to apply.

Previous jobs from this charity include


Deafness Research UK
Press & PR Volunteer

This new position provides excellent opportunities to gain hand-on experience of working in the charity sector and would be ideal for a person with an interest in developing a career in press and PR work.

Minimum of 14 hours/ week
Kings Cross, London

Deafness Research UK is the country???s leading medical research charity for people with hearing loss, tinnitus and other hearing problems. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Volunteer to support our increasing press and PR activites.

The Press and PR Volunteer will assist the Information and Communications Manager with the activities involved in promoting the press and PR activity at Deafness Research UK.

The Volunteer will also play a role in supporting the charity???s work around outreach and education in hearing loss and deafness, including supporting the innovative Deafness Research UK Bionic Ear Show.

This role will require extensive research of on and off-line material as you will be finding relevant publications/journals/websites/magazines/social media networks to help Deafness Research UK build relationships and obtain maximum positive press coverage.

We are looking for someone for a minimum of three months, with potential to extend the placement to six months dependent upon a three month review. Out of pocket expenses, if required, can be reimbursed for reasonable travel and lunch expenses.

For full details of this role, please see the Job Description in the left-hand link.

To apply, please email your CV (max 2 sides A4) and a brief covering letter (max 1 side A4), explaining why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience match the person specification above, to Sarah Gentleman, email sarah.gentleman //at// deafnessresearch.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 18 March 2011.

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