Jellied Eel Volunteer Editorial Assistant

The charity Sustain’s London Food Link team has an opportunity to volunteer with The Jellied Eel, the leading good food magazine for London. The role gives you the opportunity to gain skills in relation to publishing a magazine as well as writing and promoting good food news and articles. You will also learn more about the charity where we are based.

Ideally, we are looking for someone able to commit two full days a week at the Sustain office in east London from December 2019-March 2020 in order to be part of the full publishing cycle.

About the magazine

The Jellied Eel is a print and online magazine, produced, published and distributed by Sustain's London Food Link team, The Jellied Eel is London’s longest running sustainable food magazine.

This unique celebration of the capital's diverse, exciting food culture helps to inspire more than 30,000 readers an issue to seek out and enjoy the best of London’s local larder.

Roles and responsibilities

The Volunteer Editorial Assistant role is to help the editor ensure each issue is commissioned, produced and delivered on schedule. Tasks include:

  • Commissioning features from volunteer writers and ensuring they meet deadlines
  • Communicating edits to volunteer writers and editing features
  • Developing feature ideas to pitch at editorial meetings
  • Contributing to planning meetings for each issue
  • Researching and writing news items for the online magazine
  • Compiling the bi-weekly e-newsletter
  • Building relationships with existing and new stockists them to ensure every copy of the ‘Eel is delivered and displayed prominently
  • Identifying potential new advertisers, stockists and LFL supporters
  • Calling in photos for magazine features and permission to publish
  • Delivering the magazine to stockists near the office
  • Securing offers and competition prizes
  • Updating contact lists
  • Creating posts for social media platforms
  • Admin – posting out magazines, answering email queries etc.
  • Helping out at, or just attending, occasional evening and weekend events
  • Other bits and bobs to support the editor and occasionally other members of the LFL team.

The intern will also have opportunities to write a feature per issue and attend occasional evening and weekend events.

Desired skills, interests and attributes

As the role involves making many effective telephone calls, you must be able to call people with confidence, clarity and cheerfulness. Ideally, you also have:

  • Good writing, research and editing skills with keen attention to detail
  • Your ear to the ground of what’s going on in the capital’s conscious culinary culture
  • The ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Organisational skills to stay on top of what needs doing and when
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work with colleagues in the office and all sorts of other people outside it
  • An interest in the work and aims of London Food Link and the charity Sustain that runs it

We are looking for someone to start ASAP so please let us know when you will be available.


To apply

Please have a good old rummage around The Jellied Eel and London Food Link websites to get a good idea of what, why and how the organisation does what it does.

Upload your CV and detail how you meet the criteria on our website by 8pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019 and choose Jellied Eel in the project selection.

In your application, please outline:

  • What you can bring to the table, including your relevant skills and experience
  • What you hope to get out of volunteering – it’s a two-way deal

If you have an example of your writing please link or send this to to sarah.davenport[at]

We’ll contact selected applicants on Thursday 28 November to arrange a chat. Ideally we will meet to discuss the position on Monday 2nd Decemeber. Please indicate your availability in your cover note (if not available at these times we will do our best to accommodate you the following week).

Please note that this is a voluntary position but Sustain can reimburse receipted out-of-pocket expenses of up to £13 a day for lunch and travel to/from the office.

We encourage applications from anyone with relevant skills and interests, but regret that we are unable to offer any payment or expenses beyond those outlined above; or assist with finding accommodation or with visa applications.

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Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

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