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Operations Room Intern Field Operations

REPORTS TO: Operations Room 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 

To apply, email your CV and a covering letter which should address your motivation for interning with TRUK and how you meet the key qualities/requirements for the position to the TRUK Operations Room Manager at [email protected]

This is an ongoing application process with rolling start dates available, so please apply as soon as possible. If selected, you will be asked to attend a trial week with TRUK in order to confirm suitability.

Organisation description

Team Rubicon UK (TRUK) is a UK based, international disaster response charity, which unites the skills and experiences of military veterans, 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.

Team Rubicon UK promotes collaboration, using innovative approaches to build successful partnerships and promote rebuilding, resilience and self-reliance in affected communities. Our core capabilities are: life support, last mile logistics, needs assessment and disaster mapping, incident management, capacity building and resilience training.

Role Description

To meet our rapidly growing commitments, we are looking for a number of dedicated interns to join our team at TRUK headquarters (HQ) in Chilmark, UK. The successful applicants will provide high quality support to the Operations Department.

Duties and responsibilities

Depending on the skills and interests of the applicant, and the needs of the organisation, the interns role may include: (responsibilities will vary)

  • Scan, track and gather situational awareness throughout all stages of a disaster.
  • Develop situation and operation reports and briefs.
  • Coordinate logistical support during disaster response operations both internationally and domestically.
  • Use tech and communications platforms to deliver information internally and externally.
  • Deliver training and support to volunteers.
  • Manage domestic service projects and regional events.
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation of operational objectives and outcomes.

Qualities and requirements

  • Interest in working in the humanitarian sector, in particular disaster management
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • IT proficient
  • Cultural sensitivity and respect for the Humanitarian Principles
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • Flexibility and resilience: TRUK is a 24hrs organisation –when disaster strikes, we respond. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a 9-5 work day will always be stuck to
  • A passion for learning

Note: If selected you will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check through TRUK.

Your learning experience

By volunteering with us we are offering the opportunity to be part of Team Rubicon, developing our operations and development capabilities to make a real difference. 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, disaster response logistics, development project management, event planning/ delivery & 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.