Change Agents UK

Sustainability Projects Assistant - Dundee

Project Sustainability Projects Assistant - Dundee
Employer The University of Dundee
Job Description


We occupy a 22 Hectare site in the heart of Dundee. With over 1,000 trees on campus, it is sometimes hard to believe that the city centre is only a 5 minute walk away. We have 2 of our residences blocks in middle of our campus as well, which means that in the evening campus has a village/community feel. Many locals ‘cut through’ our campus and walk their dogs. We are very much a campus with strong community links.

This year for the 6th year in a row we were voted No.1 in Scotland and No. 4 in UK in Times Educational Supplement for student Experience. We have a strong Life Sciences base - being No.1 in UK, a medical school & hospital, a dental school & hospital and an Art College, to name but a few of our focus areas.

The Environment and Energy Office is responsible for developing and implementing long-term plans to improve the University's performance across a wide range of areas of environmental sustainability, including carbon emissions, energy use, travel, waste, water, sustainable construction and sustainable procurement.


This post will be a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the successful delivery of the Green Impact project by the specified completion dates.

The Sustainability Projects Assistant will also provide added capacity to deliver an increase in pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the University and the Students Union.

This is a 12 month, part-time post that will deliver not only the Green Impact objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of environmental aspects across The University of Dundee as a whole.

We shall for the 1st year focus on rolling out Green Impact in Laboratories and offices.

Benefits of this opportunity

The successful graduate will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, develop communication skills in different mediums and gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation.

Future employment potential

This is a fixed-term placement for 12 months

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy.

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Location Dundee

Outputs and Key Tasks


  1. Coordinate and support the Green Impact project to encourage environmental behaviour change across the institution and wider community.

  2. Assist at a range of environmental events and initiatives to increase the number of students and staff with environmental knowledge and awareness.

  3. Successful delivery of the University’s Green Impact project by specified dates.

  4. Provide quantitative and Qualitative data relating to the scheme to NUS.

Key Tasks

  1. Meeting with stakeholders around the University (staff and student groups) to encourage their early involvement in all of the planned communications through local launch of the project.

  2. Planning, delivering and evaluating the Green Impact project through amendment, distribution and collation of the Workbook in partnership with departmental teams.

  3. Recruiting, coordinating and motivating teams of volunteers to drive forward the University’s Green Impact project through their involvement as departmental teams and as auditors.

  4. Ensuring that all records and information are collated and disseminated effectively, in line with the requirements of the project, and to facilitate discussion and drive forward agendas with key contacts and participants.

  5. Assisting in conducting appropriate environmental surveys (for example, lights left on unnecessarily, windows left open, recycling bin contents).

  6. Prioritising key tasks and workload to ensure successful delivery to time frames specified by the project aims, and actively networking with other Sustainable Projects Assistants to share best practice across the sector.

  7. Acting as an ambassador for the project and ensuring effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with the Students’ Union and through other partners and external channels. Keeping in regular contact with the NUS Green Impact Project Officer and attending phone or face-to-face meetings when required.

  8. Assisting with other projects relevant to Green Impact.

  9. Supporting colleagues in editing and updating the University’s sustainability web site and other web pages that may be of integral use to the Green Impact project.

  10. Organising and facilitating an Awards Ceremony for the participating departments in line with the timescales of the project, with the aim of celebrating the successes of the teams and the project.

Personal Specification


  1. Candidate must be a graduate with laboratory experience.

  2. An excellent communicator: Able to comfortably express themselves and environmental issues verbally, in written text to a variety of different audiences as well as in one-to-one situations. Experience and enthusiasm for articulating this through marketing materials (e.g. producing news items, a newsletter and creating on-line communities).

  3. Demonstrable commitment and motivation to complete the project and deliver the project’s aims.

  4. ICT literacy in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  5. Conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately.

  6. Demonstrable ability to motivate others into action.

  7. Knowledge of, and commitment to, ‘green’ issues and their importance within a university environment.


  1. Previous experience of event organising, project management and administration in either a voluntary or paid position.

  2. Conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately.

  3. An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant environmental subject.

  4. Experience of working in a similar or related environmental role.

  5. Able to attend training days in London on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th January 2017.

Position Details

Employer: Change Agents UK Trading Limited on behalf of the University of Dundee

Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,000

Closing Date: Monday 2nd January 2017

Telephone Interview: Please be available for a Telephone Interview W/C 2nd January 2017

Interview Date: Thursday 12th January 2017

Start Date: ASAP

Preferred Start Date: Middle or end of January 2017

Length of Opportunity: 52 Weeks

Hours/Week: 2 Days/ 14 hours

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of some outside normal hours work to undertake audits

Annual leave: 34 days per annum pro rate, including Bank Holidays

Probation period: 1 month

Base: University of Dundee, Main campus, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Department: Estates & Campus Services

Salary £17,000 per annum pro rata
Application Deadline 2017-01-02
Interview Date 2017-01-12
Hours Per Week 14.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted