£11.44 per hour + £1.38 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
16 Jul 2024

Role & Department Overview

The Company: The Lakes Free Range Egg Company (The Lakes) is a family owned business producing and packing free range and free range organic eggs which we supply to major UK retailers. Animal welfare and environmental provenance is at the heart of our operations and therefore being a responsible and sustainable business is of the upmost importance to us. Here at The Lakes we adopt the three E’s approach to sustainability which requires our operations to be ethical, environmentally friendly and economically sound. 
Project background

The largest proportion of The Lakes Free Range Egg Company's Scope 3 emissions are produced by 80 supplier farms located around the UK. Therefore, their sustainability team have been focussing on carbon auditing all producer farms and developing plans to decarbonise them. This data is significant as it is the first time in the industry that on-farm carbon assessments have been carried out in a standardised manner.

These carbon assessments are now complete and require statistical analyses to identify the areas that have the greatest impact on the decarbonisation of poultry farms.


Pay Rate: £11.44 per hour plus £1.38 holiday pay

Start Date: 29th July 2024

End Date: 29th September 2024

Working Pattern: Varied

Job Description

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company has been awarded a student internship to analyse the data produced in their carbon assessments and make recommendations for decarbonising farm emissions.

The student will use the data to investigate multiple parameters and evaluate the traits of a sustainable and efficient poultry farm. These parameters may include all/some of the following:
  • breed of bird,
  • on-site renewable energy sources,
  • equipment type,
  • diet,
  • and the presence of an innovative and globally leading BirdBox poultry system.
The student will help identify key emissions hotspots, and compile their findings into a report identifying the hotspots that they recommend we focus our decarbonisation strategies on. 
The successful applicant will receive 75-hours of student research time, which will be funded by the W&F Green Enterprise Hub.   Projects will be delivered over the summer between June to September 2024 on a timeframe agreed between the student and company, and will culminate in a report/presentation/recommendations.  
This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

Person Specification

This role is open to current Lancaster University students from all faculties.


The role would suit a student who:

  • can conduct independent research,
  • is flexible and organized,
  • has good written and verbal communication skills,
  • is knowledgeable or keen to learn about carbon emissions,
  • is good at problem solving and planning,
  • is interested in farming and/or business operations, 
  • has environmental science/geography knowledge.

Essential skills: 

  • Competent at statistical analyses 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and at displaying data through graphs, etc.
Desired skills:
  • Competent in using Microsoft Power BI Software
  • Familiar with agricultural practices 

Please provide a cover letter and CV with your application. Your cover letter should be no longer than one page of A4 and should describe your interest in the internship and what skills and experience you have that are relevant to the role.


You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please note:Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK.

Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.