Operations Response Intern, Disaster Response

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 31 December 2019

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REPORTS TO: Operations Response Manager
LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT: 6 month initial commitment with the possibility of extension after review
START DATE: As soon as possible
NUMBER OF HOURS/WEEK: Minimum 37.5 (unpaid)
LOCATION: Chilmark, Wiltshire, UK

Organisation description

Team Rubicon UK (TRUK) is an expanding charity which unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders and like-minded civilians, to rapidly deploy disaster response teams in the UK and around the world. Initially founded in the USA, Team Rubicon puts the ethos of ‘Service above self’ as the driving force behind all of our operational activity. Our actions are characterised by the constant pursuit to prevent or alleviate human suffering, and restore human dignity – we help people on their worst days.

In addition to helping those affected by disasters, we seek to provide veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose (gained through disaster relief); community, (built by serving with others); and self-worth (from recognising the impact one individual can make). Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.

TRUK promotes collaboration, using innovative approaches to build successful partnerships and promote rebuilding and well-being in affected communities.

Department description

The Operations Department plans and delivers TRUK's response to support affected communities in rapid onset natural disasters and ongoing humanitarian crises, and supports capacity-building service projects, both at home and abroad.

Overview of the role

The immense success of TRUK so far has been incredible but to meet our rapidly growing commitments, we’re looking for Operations Response Interns to join our team at TRUK headquarters in Chilmark, UK. Depending on the skills and interests of the applicant, and the needs of the organisation, the role may include a range of responsibilities from the list below.

Duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities will vary, but may include:

  • Ability to deploy at short notice into disaster zones
  • Work within a small team to develop situational awareness in the early stages of a disaster
  • Use tech and comms platforms to deliver information back to the UK headquarters
  • After the initial response, deploy within the disaster space for a period of up to two weeks
  • Outside of deployments work with the UK headquarters

Qualifications and skills

  • Humanitarian academic qualifications
  • Remote travel experience
  • Physical and mental robustness
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Tech skills (including drone operation)
  • Understanding the use of social media platforms

Your learning experience

By interning with us we are offering the opportunity to be part of Team Rubicon UK, developing our operations and development capabilities to make a real difference to those affected by disasters. Working within the team offers great opportunities and a range of skills development to enhance your CV, including experience of success in: policy and procedure development, contingency planning, risk assessment, disaster response logistics, development project management, event planning/ delivery, training & volunteer management.


Please note that this is an unpaid internship, however TRUK may be able to assist with accommodation/transport solutions. We recommend all prospective candidates to seek financial assistance from their academic institutions or seek outside fellowships, grants and personal resources. TRUK do not sponsor individuals applying for internships to help them obtain visas.


This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the post-holder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. TRUK may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

To apply, email your CV and a covering letter to operations@teamrubiconuk.org Ongoing application process. Selection will take place on a rolling basis so please apply as soon as possible. If selected, you will be asked to attend a trial week before in order to confirm suitability.

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