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Climate Change Coordinator

Project Climate Change Coordinator
Employer Bedford Borough Council
Job Description

Job Title: Climate Change Coordinator

Location: Bedford

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £19,500

Start Date: ASAP (c. April 2020)

Length of Opportunity: 12 months


This is a superb opportunity to develop and deliver climate change projects for Bedford Borough Council. You will utilise your passion for sustainability to engage with a variety of stakeholders and community groups. This role at Bedford Borough Council is ideal for a recent graduate or early careerist with a background and interest in environmental subjects and great communication skills.

We are:

Bedford Borough is located within the East of England between Milton Keynes and Cambridge. It benefits from fast rail links with London and is well placed for access from both the M1 and A1. The local authority is a unitary council and currently has a population of 168,751 with 72,900 households. The Borough itself is largely centered on the town of Bedford, which sits along both sides of the River Ouse, but it also encompasses a large rural area to the north of Bedford which boarders the County of Northampton. More information about the Council including its structure, functions, plans and strategies can be found here:

We value:

  • Passion for Sustainability

  • Good Communication

  • Enthusiasm

  • Integrity and Respect

  • Commitment to delivering excellent customer service

We need:

We need a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to help support the development and delivery of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects for Bedford Borough Council. You will work collectively within the Environment Team to help the Council achieve its 2030 Carbon Neutral target and assist with tackling Fuel Poverty in Bedford Borough.

You are:

  • Educated to a High level or Degree level in an environmental or related subject. Or experience working in a similar role.

  • Passionate about sustainability and climate change and excited to make a difference by motivating change.

  • Able to evaluate data and produce and present reports.

  • Knowledgeable on energy management and climate change including theory, practice, policy, procedure and legislation.

  • Highly literate and fluent in English, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in IT, particularly all Microsoft Office applications including Excel (Intermediate to Advanced level)

  • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills within a team and with key stakeholders.

  • Able to work independently and make decisions within defined procedures.

  • Willing to undertake an Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB check).

  • A Qualified driver - driving license essential.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Experienced in researching, analysing and interpreting technical information.

  • Able to demonstrate project management knowledge and skills, including setting clear objectives and priorities, realistic timescales and outputs, and monitoring performance.

  • Able to identify, recommend, implement and manage energy efficiency improvements.

  • Knowledgeable of issues relating to climate change and the local community, with a proven ability in co-coordinating campaigns working with communities, schools, or other groups.

  • Experienced in working in the energy management, climate change or sustainable development fields in local/national government or other large public organisations.

What’s in it for you?

This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with and address climate change in a tangible way. You will be working with like-minded people and engaging with the local community on a range of challenges and opportunities. You will build on a variety of core skills including developing and sustaining effective working relationships, communication, negotiation and influencing behaviour change.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Research climate change mitigation and adaptation projects

  2. Analyse existing data and energy performance of council and community buildings

  3. Engage with the local community and schools on energy efficiency, promoting funding routes – specifically the Council’s Climate Change Fund (CCF)

  4. Assist applications to the CCF and assess and report on these to be submitted to the Chief Officer Environment/ Climate Change Committee

  5. Provide support and advice to local residents through community groups by sign posting those at risk of fuel poverty to central government funding (ECO)

  6. Examine opportunities for funding and lead on funding applications

  7. Assist the development of an LA Flex statement, working closely with social prescribers, Public Health and the local community to ensure that available grants (ECO 3) and funding is accessed to combat fuel poverty.

  8. Organise events, newsletters and media communications and assist with national campaigns.

  9. Assist with day-to-day management of energy queries, working with suppliers, schools, and others to problem solve and encourage reduced energy consumption.

  10. Take a proactive approach to identifying issues, organising workload and building a strong relationship with colleagues and customers.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 37

Annual leave: 26 days pro rata + public holiday

Work outside normal hours: Role may require occasional evening attendance at committee or community events


Closing Date: Midday Wednesday 25th March

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 30th March

Interview Date: TBC w/c 6th April

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

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CAUK reference 2385

Employer: Change Agents UK

Project County Bedfordshire
Location Bedford
Salary £19,500
Application Deadline 2020-03-25
Interview Date 2020-04-06
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted