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Sustainability Projects Assistant

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

CAUK reference: 2326

Job Title: Sustainability Projects Assistant

Change Agents UK Level: 1

Location: Dundee

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

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 9 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.

Who would this position suit?

This position would suit a graduate with either a laboratory background or has worked on behavioural change projects before. A ‘can do’ attitude is essential as work can be varied and you will not be desk bound.

Who are the University of Dundee?

We are a city centre campus with strong links to the city. 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

What is the University of Dundee team like?

You will be mainly working with the Environment & Sustainability Officer and with the various departments/teams signed up to Green Impact. Currently we are focused on School of Life Sciences but we will expand this next year. You will be based in the main estates and campus services offices. Being a small team of about 30 you will soon get to know people and join in on our ‘cake days’.

Why would the successful candidate want this position?

You will gain a wealth of experience and learn new skills which will aid you in any future career. It is also useful for gaining contacts within the Higher Education sector.

Salary (per annum pro rata): £17,000

Start Date: Mid-January

Length of Opportunity: 9 Months

Location Dundee, Scotland

Key Responsibilities

  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.


  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.

Closing Date: 22nd November 2017

Telephone Interview: Week Commencing 27th November 2017

Interview Date: Week Commencing 4th December 2017

Hours/Week: 2 Days/14 Hours

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

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

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

Salary £17,000
Application Deadline 2017-11-22
Hours Per Week 14.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted