Apprentice Project Administrator - Based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

About the role

CEH’s research underpins our understanding of the environment and the processes that support life on Earth. We undertake large-scale monitoring and experimentation to detect and predict the causes and consequences of environmental change. Our science is managed and delivered through integrated science. Study of invasive alien species and their interactions with their environment are central to this.

We are looking for a Project Administrator Apprentice to work within a team biodiversity scientists but particularly on a European networking project on alien species and citizen science. 

The post will involve managing a large budget within a European on-line system, alongside the Project Manager. Ensuring review and payment of travel and subsistence expenses from participants across Europe and beyond. Assisting in organization of activities in countries across Europe. Preparation and collation of data on equality and diversity.

The Project Administrator Apprentice will use bespoke programs such e-COST management system but also Microsoft Office packages and e-mail. The role will provide training in business administration and project management via a level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.  This will involve on the job learning and formal training.

About you

It is essential that you have a minimum of 2 A Levels (grades A-C) or equivalent qualification e.g. NVQ Level 3 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, in STEM subjects. You should also have demonstrable interest in your own continuing professional development (CPD).

You must be computer literate using Microsoft Office suite with an interest in learning new IT systems and have good communication skills, both verbal and written and good interpersonal skills to work effectively within a team,

You will have a genuine interest in project management, with a desire to further develop skills in this area while maintaining a thorough and methodical approach to administration, with good attention to detail.


What we offer

NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

There may be an opportunity for an open-ended position at the end of the apprenticeship with a starting salary c. £18k.


How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.


Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.


Closing date: 24th July 2018.

Interview date: 15th August 2018

Closing Date: 

24th July 2018


£13,565 -15,066 (salary in line with national minimum wage rates, with progression after first year)