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Environmental Strategy Engagement Officer

Project Environmental Strategy Engagement Officer
Employer Norwich City Council
Job Description

CAUK reference: 2335

Environmental Strategy Engagement Officer

Change Agents UK Level: 1

Location: Norwich

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to expand their event management experience and engage with businesses and individuals on environmental topics. Last year the One Planet Festival attracted over 10,000 people in one weekend! The council assisted over 3000 people to change energy providers and helped over 500 people with home energy efficiency grants.

The post will have an active role in delivering the councils Eco Awards and One Planet Norwich programme.

You will also be required to support the promotion of the council’s affordable warmth programme and energy auction

Who would this position suit?

The candidate will be an excellent communicator, with the drive and experience to co-ordinate large events in the city. You will be hard-working, organised and have an eye for creative detail.

Who are Norwich City Council?

Norwich City Council has had great success in delivering its environmental aspirations. We have reduced our own emissions by 54% and our local emissions have reduced from 7 tonnes of CO2 per person in 2005 to 4.3 tonnes per person 2015. Or to put it more clearly carbon emissions in Norwich reduced by 38% over the decade.

We have also been recognised for other innovative environmental management such as recycling IT equipment into Raspberry PI kits for schools and holding the first UK reverse auction for solar PV.

Our 3rd Environmental Strategy has a wider focus on community engagement. Citizens are being regularly engaged with to make pro environmental choices more often or more easy. For example the One Planet Norwich festival is the most successful sustainable living festival in the region with well over 10,000 visitors attending over the weekend. Another example would be the work the city is doing on sustainable travel choices by investing in new and improved pedal ways and rapid bus routes around the city.

The plan over the next year is to develop the environmental communications further and to build on the work already done by involving more grass root organisations and further business support via increased sponsorship.

What is the Environmental Strategy team like?

This post is based in the Environmental Strategy Team within the Regeneration and Development Directorate at City Hall. Although the team is small it has been recognised nationally and internationally. (ESTA Energy Manager of the Year 2014/15, International Green Apple "Green Champion" Award , Gold Award from the United Nations LivCom Awards, and a Silver award in the transformation in waste and environment category of the iESE (Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise) Awards. The team has already delivered a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions and runs a number of successful projects to help citizens make more sustainable lifestyle choices.

The team culture is to make the maximum difference possible within the resources available. Your primary function will be promoting the councils One Planet Norwich project. You will work with communities, external agencies, NGO's, local environmental groups and internal colleagues to deliver the councils sustainability aspirations.

Your challenge would be to continue this trend by engaging with the public to make positive lifestyle choices.

Why would the successful candidate want this position?

This is a great opportunity to work with an award winning team to develop new and exciting work programmes. As well as the chance to learn how to develop new and exciting communication materials on sustainable living and to work as part of a team delivering real environmental improvements at a local level. The post forms an excellent foundation to working in the environmental sector.

Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,000

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 10 months

Project County Norfolk
Location Norwich

Key Responsibilities

  1. Writing, researching, designing and promoting One Planet Norwich and the Eco Awards.

  2. Co-ordinating the One Planet Norwich Festival making it bigger and better by attracting new sponsorship and developing new events and activities over the weekend.

  3. Co-ordinating the Eco Awards making it bigger and better via sponsorship.

  4. Attend promotional events (sometimes at the weekends) for other environmental projects.

  5. Research innovative best practice for communicating positive environmental behaviour.

  6. Further develop the councils “One Small Step” programme with the possibility to help SME’s develop their environmental performance.


  1. Candidates must be a graduate.

  2. Experience of event organisation and management.

  3. Excellent research skills with the ability to produce reports and communicate findings.

  4. Experience of using online communications / social media as a tool for public engagement and marketing.

  5. Public facing attitude with the confidence to work with all sectors of society.

  6. Willingness to undertake an Enhanced satisfactory clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure.

  7. Full driving licence.

  8. Full knowledge of the Microsoft office suite


  1. Background working with Environmental groups.

  2. Experience of engaging with a range of stakeholders on sustainability issues.

  3. Experience of working in a political environment.

  4. Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.

Closing Date: 22nd April 2018

Telephone Interview: w/c 23rd April 2018

Interview Date: w/c 30th April 2018

Hours/Week: 37 hours

Annual leave: 4 weeks

Work outside normal hours: Role requires regular weekend work and potentially evenings.

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

Salary £17,000
Application Deadline 2018-04-22
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted