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Assistant Producer, NHU series

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

BBC programmes and channels are enjoyed by millions of viewers around the world. Now an opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Producer to join the Natural History Unit. 

The Natural History Unit is the world leader in natural history programming and includes outstanding landmarks e.g. Blue Planet II, children’s series and exceptional live events such as Springwatch and Big Blue Live.

The Natural Histoyr Unit is now embarking on a new ambitious series, exploring the world’s oceans to reveal their wonder. Delivering in autumn 2021, the series will combine landmark blue chip natural history content with exploration and adventure.

These roles are subject to greenlight funding. Interviews are predicted to take place in early February.

Role Responsibility

Assistant Producers contribute to the output of the NHU by working as part of a production. You will be required to take responsibility for ocean-based blue-chip sequences. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production. You will be passionate about all our output, know what makes a good story and relish the challenge of producing creative and ambitious content.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Extensive experience setting up and directing strong behavioural stories for blue chip wildlife programmes.
  • A desire to spend long periods directing on location.
  • Understands the duty of care in general with regard to individuals’ wellbeing and an appreciation of Health and Safety when working topside or underwater and in remote locations.
  • A track record of finding new behavioural stories for television, from the humorous to the dramatic.
  • Proven experience of delivering foreign location shoots on budget.
  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of people from different backgrounds - including scientists and fixers.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Be a good team player, sharing knowledge and information but confident to work well independently, particularly in the field. 
  • Experience with new media and evidence of self-shooting for ‘Making of’ and Digital Content.


  • Passion for the ocean, experience of working in this field, ideally with qualifications.
  • Proven knowledge and an interest in cutting edge camera technologies and techniques with the ability to produce visually new stories.
  • Experience of effective logging and preparation of sequences for a craft editor as well as taking sequences through the edit with a draft script.  
  • Knowledge of editorial guidelines and awareness of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making, familiarity with the BBC employment practices and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities, and health and safety guidelines.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

 The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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