We're hiring!


We're hiring! Communications Intern (paid)

Location: London (hybrid working) 

Hours: 40 hours per week, occasional events + travel 

Experience level: Junior 

Salary: £25,300.60 per annum

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 May 2024unfortunately, due to limited resources we can only respond to the shortlisted candidates. 

Interviews: 10-14 June 2024

We’re looking for someone to play a pivotal role in our small and dynamic team, collaborating closely with other team members and our wider group of communications, creative, and technical experts. 

This job will commence as a 6-month paid internship, with the potential for transition into a permanent position as a Communications Assistant for the right candidate upon the completion of this period.

About us:

For over three decades, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been revolutionising the global timber industry. We've been the steady hand behind the scenes, showcasing the exceptional performance, sustainability, and timeless beauty of American hardwoods on a worldwide scale.

At AHEC, we're not just about timber – we're about sparking creativity and fostering collaboration. Through our exhibitions, partnerships, and innovative projects, we shine a spotlight on the endless possibilities of working with timber and bring attention to its environmental benefits. Some examples of our creative projects include Connected and Discovered, in collaboration with the Design Museum and London Design Festival, and Three for 3DaysofDesign. From humble family-run sawmills to large flooring manufacturers, we bring together a diverse array of businesses under one united mission. As the leading international hardwood trade association for North America, AHEC serves as a unifying force, amplifying the voices of our members and promoting an exceptional renewable resource.

Join us in celebrating the beauty of American hardwoods, while securing a brighter future for some of the world’s most climate positive materials. Together, let's continue to inspire designers, architects, and innovators to embrace these remarkable materials and build a more sustainable future.

Find out more about our work and recent projects:




  • Assist in generating monthly market reports and newsletters
  • Assist in managing social media platforms: content creation, engaging with followers, and occasional coordination of social media ads
  • Contribute to website maintenance and development for an engaging online presence
  • Organise and update audience databases using Mailchimp and maintain image/video folders on the server
  • Support in formatting press releases and compiling press kits to communicate key messages effectively
  • Assist in creating visually appealing presentations and marketing materials
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for events: notifications, reports, and itineraries
  • Assist in sourcing quotes and preparing bid matrices to support decision-making processes
  • Generate monthly digital reports and review coverage following project launches to track success
  • Compile monthly coverage reports and issue bi-annual PR reports to track media presence
  • Assist in distributing stock and publications
  • Supporting Directors and Managers on ad hoc administration as required

The ideal candidate:

You're a passionate and curious learner. Approaching work with enthusiasm, positivity, and a can-do attitude is your default! You're not afraid to ask questions and share innovative ideas to improve things while staying focused on achieving goals. Organising tasks and attention to detail comes naturally to you. You most likely have some previous experience in fast-paced environments, where you've developed your initiative and organisational skills further. You efficiently navigate tasks, whether following directions or taking the initiative and running with projects. You're proactive in overcoming obstacles and thrive embracing new challenges. Communication and storytelling are your strengths, whether captivating an audience or collaborating with colleagues. Your grammar and spelling are second to none! You enjoy working on a variety of projects and thrive in both detailed tasks and larger picture thinking. Proficiency in additional languages, familiarity with design programs, a strong interest in sustainability and a passion for architecture and design are not a must, but are highly regarded qualities.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV and a cover letter or a short video (under 2 mins) explaining why you’re the right person for the role to europe [at] americanhardwood.org (europe[at]americanhardwood[dot]org)

*AHEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer*


Ellen Powley
Communications & Sustainability Coordinator