Researcher (Consultancy Team) Intern with Changeworks


Location: Edinburgh
£15,015 per annum
35 hours per week, 26 days annual leave, 9 days public holiday. 3 month contract with possible extension.
Immediate start


The Company

Changeworks is a recognised leader in the delivery of solutions that enable people to live and work more sustainably. We are an environmental charity and social enterprise, working in collaboration with public and third sector organisations, schools, communities and businesses to:

• Inspire and enable action to reduce CO2, waste and fuel poverty
• Build confidence and skills to make sustainable choices
• Share our knowledge and learn from others to maximise our impact
• Deliver the best possible service creatively and professionally.

The Changeworks Consultancy Team has an extensive track record in supporting organisations with developing projects, research and best practice for environmental sustainability. They work with clients to clarify need and then provide the highest standard of service to meet that need. They are value driven, impartial and committed.

Please visit the Changeworks website for a comprehensive review of the organisation and the organisation's services, projects and resources.


The Role

The intern will assist in the delivery of new and existing projects and services provided by Changeworks Consultancy Team, with a focus on sustainable energy, fuel poverty and behaviour change. The main tasks and activities will concentrate on three main areas.


1. Deliver a range of research functions

• Working effectively in support of Senior Consultants and the wider team
• Conducting face-to-face or telephone research interviews
• Conducting comprehensive and referenced desk-based research
• Administrating and supporting the design of quantitative surveys
• Analysis of survey data using basic statistical techniques and manipulating in Microsoft Excel
• Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of current projects and services
• Presenting all research in a clearly written, logical and visual format
• Conducting all research in an ethical manner

2. Collate and disseminate knowledge

• Writing and contributing to reports, guides, presentations and training materials
• Contributing to Consultancy web content and administration
• Collating information to support responses to consultations
• Ensuring all written materials are clearly written with the target audience in mind
• Developing an up to date understanding of energy and fuel poverty issues
• Developing knowledge on wider sustainability agenda as instructed (i.e. transport, waste)

3. Deliver a range of project support functions

• Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with partners, funders and clients
• Supporting workshop delivery and write up
• Supporting the production of project and funder reports
• Supporting the development of project and tender proposals
• Maintaining databases and information management systems as required
• Answering queries regarding Changeworks and its projects and services

A further document covering the work of the team and this role is available for download here.



The successful intern will be educated to degree level. You should be highly organised with excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills. The use of research tools and techniques (e.g. surveys, face-to-face/telephone/group interviews) as well as collating and presenting large amounts of information must be evident from academic or work experience. Previous experience of conducting structured, desk-based research and literature reviews is preferred. It is desirable for the graduate to have strong numeracy skills and a grasp of basic statistics and working with survey data.

The ideal candidate will be able to work to tight deadlines both independently and as part as a team and be capable of prioritising their workload. It is essential that you have strong communication skills (verbal and written) and be IT proficient, especially in Microsoft Word and Excel. You will be analytical, reliable and have a good attention to detail. You must posses the ability to conduct research in an ethical manner.

Some knowledge of domestic energy use and the causes of fuel poverty is desirable, though not essential. However, it is expected that the candidate will have a basic understanding of the broader climate change and sustainability agenda (e.g. energy, waste and transport).

A full driving license is desirable.



Closing date for applications is 10 December 2015, 12noon.  Interviews will take place on 17 December.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.