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Environmental Projects Officer

Project Environmental Project Officer - Fenland
Employer Fenland District Council
Job Description

Change Agents UK Level: 1

Location: March, Cambridgeshire

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

You will support the Council’s Waste Strategy by building upon and delivering an existing community project that has been ‘designed’ to engage volunteers in practising and promoting recycling to others.

You will be expected to develop the project so that it is sustainable and will attract up to 60 recycling champions with a view to safeguard and enhance the environment.

Who would this position suit?

The preferred candidate will be:

  • Well organised

  • A clear communicator, in verbal and written mediums

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated

  • Resilient

  • Able to work with all types of people

  • Able to work to targets and deadlines

Who is Fenland District Council as an organisation?

Fenland District Council prides itself on being a quality organisation and as such has committed to protecting and enhancing the environment through its business plan.

We have thus made it our corporate priority to deliver a high performing refuse, recycling and street cleansing service.

The position has been created in order to help achieve this aim. That is to say, the Council has recognised that whilst it has a duty to collect waste it has an opportunity to work with members of the public to reduce the impact of this on the environment by diverting waste away from landfill, and in so doing creating a more sustainable system.

What is the Communities, Environment & Leisure Team like?

You will be line managed by the Senior Events and Projects Officer. The project will be governed overall by the Head of Environmental Services. You will be situated with two other projects officers, although you will have primary responsibility for this project.

With that said, the team is supportive and where necessary will offer you guidance and if appropriate direction. The Council has a one team ethos whereby employees will endeavour to assist one another to achieve the Council’s aims regardless of organisational structure. Consequently, members of the team demonstrate respect and dignity for all and have a strong customer focus.

Why would you want this position?

Fenland District Council has been recognised as an ‘Investor in People’ since 1998 in that we strive to develop, motivate and train our workforce. You will gain experience and skills in the following areas during you time with Fenland:

  • Customer Service

  • Project Management

  • Managing your own performance

  • Time Management

  • Influencing others

  • Managing stakeholders

  • Presentation skills

We will help you to achieve this through monthly 1:2:1s with your line manager, during which we will reflect on your progress and discuss opportunities for project and personal development. You will also have the Council’s training resource library at your disposal to assist you in your learning and development.

Fenland District Council is within easy reach of Peterborough, Cambridge and the Norfolk Coast, with Central London only a 90 minute journey. The railway station is within walking distance of our main Council offices.

In addition to being a great place to work, we also offer:

  • Flexible working opportunities

  • Child care voucher scheme

  • Subsidised membership to each of our Four Leisure Centres

  • Free car parking

  • At least 21 days holiday per annum

  • Government Contributory Pension Scheme

Salary (per annum pro rata): £22,658

Preferred Start Date: 25th September 2017

Length of Opportunity: 12 months

Project County Cambridgeshire
Location March, Cambridgeshire

Key Responsibilities

  1. To lead in the research, development, delivery and evaluation of a community based project.

  2. To determine all activities that are required in order to establish an effective performance management system that will result in the best service delivery.

  3. To identify and provide training and support as necessary to volunteer and community groups in order to attain the outcomes of the project.

  4. Where appropriate, to work in partnership with other organisations to fulfil the Council’s objectives.

  5. Facilitate, engage and guide community groups to enable them to participate, apply for funding and access support.

Securing and Managing Funding

  1. To ensure environmental projects comply with corporate procurement policies.

  2. To implement a funding strategy that identifies external partnership funding opportunities.

  3. To prepare and submit funding bids.

  4. To manage and be accountable for budgets relating to key environmental projects.

Promoting Environmental and Other Projects

  1. To ensure a high profile for all projects.

  2. To develop and distribute publicity materials.

  3. To identify and act upon opportunities for media promotion.

  4. To attend events, workshops and conferences to raise the profile of the project.

  5. To identify and act upon opportunities for increasing community involvement in projects.


  1. Specialist knowledge of relevant community and environmental issues.

  2. Able to communicate clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing. Identifies appropriate people to communicate with and tailors the message to their needs. Listens attentively and is engaging in both one to one and group scenarios.

  3. Is diplomatic in difficult situations and inspires trust in others by treating all individuals in a fair and consistent manner. Relates well to people of all backgrounds.

  4. Able to quickly assimilate and manage information, including numeric, and make sound judgements based on consideration of the facts and options available.

  5. Able to develop and build community based networks and engages across service and organisational boundaries, finding common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.

  6. Committed to achieve targets and take personal accountability for work. Acts on own initiative and works effectively under own direction.

  7. Able to use Microsoft Office in order to analyse and present information clearly in a variety of formats e.g. spreadsheets, graphically, pictorially and by presentation.

  8. Possess a full UK driving license.


  1. Candidates must be educated to degree level of equivalent.

  2. Experience of working with communities in a policy or campaigning environment with a proven ability to develop and deliver community based environmental projects.

  3. Ability to deliver projects, managing and reporting on individual and team performance.

  4. Experience of performance management and reporting.

Closing Date: Sunday 13th August 2017

Telephone Interview: w/c 21st August 2017

Interview Date: Wednesday 30th August

Hours/Week: 37

Annual leave: 21 days

Work outside normal hours: Some evening and weekend work will be required

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

Salary £22,658 (per annum pro rata)
Application Deadline 2017-08-13
Interview Date 2017-08-30
Start Date 2017-09-25
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted