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Climate Change and Natural Environment Officer

Project PECT 2021
Organisation PECT
Job Description

Climate Change and Natural Environment Officer

Would you like to join an organisation taking real action for people and the environment?

PECT is an independent charity creating sustainable places by supporting the reduction of resource use, enhancing the natural environment, educating on the changes needed and improving the health and wellbeing of communities that we work with.

Based at the entrance to a country park on the outskirts of Peterborough, PECT is a fun and dynamic place to work. We deliver real impact and benefits for the environment and our values are based around our team, partners and those we work with:

  • Change – Creating sustainable places that are better for people and the environment

  • Expertise – Use knowledge and experience to design and deliver meaningful impact

  • People – Strong and vibrant team who are committed to sustainability

  • Together – We take collaborative action to create positive change

Location: Peterborough & Cambridgeshire

Employer: PECT

Salary (per annum pro rata): £22,500

Start Date: October 2021

Contract: Fixed Term – 14 Months

Purpose of role:

This is a fantastic opportunity to join PECT in a new and exciting role working across two high profile programmes of work; supporting the development of John Clare Countryside Vision and working with East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) to drive forward their climate change and natural environment agenda.

Your working week will be split evenly across both programmes of activity, with the opportunity to work between the PECT office, ECDC and some homeworking.

The John Clare Countryside Vision is a resident-conceived and led, area-based project putting nature at the heart of local action tackling the climate emergency and post-Covid recovery. It draws from and celebrates the links to literature and the arts through the area’s connections with the nature poet, John Clare.

The project will support landowners and communities to help double nature, an ambition of the Local Nature Partnership, endorsed by Peterborough City Council and the Combined Authority. It will help turn community assets such as road verges, churchyards, and community centres into nature rich locations, creating more resilient countryside and communities.

This role will work predominantly with local residents, parishes, community groups and other volunteers to undertake a range of activities to drive forward the goals of the programme, including supporting of Parish Nature Recovery plans, planting days, community events and activities.

The role at ECDC will involve liaising at all levels across the Council and externally, including with young people. The role involves inspiring people and developing activities to raise awareness and understanding of climate change and the natural environment, whilst also contributing to projects which directly reduce CO2 emissions and boost the natural environment.

The role is being part-funded by the Green Challenge Recovery Fund and ECDC.

Key responsibilities:


  • Undertake a lead role across the Council to drive forward the climate change and natural environment agenda, liaising at all levels across the Council to inspire and develop activities that will raise awareness and understanding of climate change whilst also directly reducing emissions.

  • To act as a central point of contact in relation to the climate change and natural environment agenda with the ability to provide up to date and accurate information relating to a wide range of projects to internal and external parties

  • Through the development of strong working relationships with school staff and teachers, create and deliver targeted educational resources to specifically enhance primary (and potentially secondary) school pupils understanding of environmental issues, including climate change and renewable energy

  • Working with the PECT Education manager, support schools on initiatives such as: collating baseline CO2 emissions data; identifying ongoing projects; and agreeing actions that can be taken to reduce emissions

  • Work closely with the Youth Council to identify and implement initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of environmental issues that will directly or indirectly reduce carbon emissions

  • Research national and international campaigns and, where appropriate, tailor these to raise awareness of environmental issues at a local level i.e. local competitions, awards etc.

  • Develop the East Cambs Partnership Forum (or similar succeeding group), which seeks, as a Partnership to reduce the collective emissions arising from East Cambridgeshire

  • Work collaboratively with partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and possibly beyond, sharing experience and assisting with projects

  • Assist in the production of the annual ECDC ‘Environment Plan’, including helping to establish new targets and actions for each plan and taking the lead on actions where appropriate.

  • For ECDC responsibilities (such as general day to day management of ECDC work and the setting of specific ECDC related tasks), you will report directly to the Strategic Planning Manager of ECDC


  • Work with Nature Recovery groups to assess and determine resource needs and volunteer requirement and opportunities

  • Manage volunteer recruitment and assesses organisational and programme needs to determine number and range of volunteers needed

  • Create and distribute information regarding volunteer policies and procedures

  • Prepare orientation materials for new volunteers, including handbooks, programmes, and kits

  • Train and support volunteers

  • Manage volunteer communication and maintain a GDPR compliant database of volunteers

  • Support across the other activities of the John Clare Countryside programme including events, marketing, reporting and evaluation

  • Undertake a range of day-to-day project administration activities

  • Support and get involved in other PECT activities and initiatives where applicable

  • Any other reasonable tasks requested by line manager

  • Ensure that all processes are completed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner at the prescribed quality in accordance with quality procedures and in line with client funding requirements

Person specification

  • Level 4 qualification or equivalent in relevant subject

  • Experience of community projects, engaging and empowering members of the community or working with schools

  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholders

  • An understanding of climate change and the natural environment

  • Good experience of IT, especially proficiency in Microsoft Office software

  • Experience of attendance and organisation at events

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability to manage projects and organise work effectively to a tight schedule and to completion

  • Ability to transport equipment to events and undertake manual handling

  • Proven track record of meeting challenging KPIs and targets

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • A positive and enthusiastic attitude

  • Able to work independently and use own initiative, and within a small team

  • Able to work effectively under pressure and handle changing priorities

  • Willingness to learn and undertake training where appropriate


  • Local knowledge

  • Be committed to continuous professional development


CAUK reference: 2412

Hours/Week: 37 (50% John Clare and 50% ECDC)

Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU and ECDC with opportunities to work from home on some days.

Work outside normal hours: Occasional evening and weekend work may be required

Reports to: Natural Environment Project Coordinator (PECT) / Strategic Planning Manager (ECDC)

For some activities, such as working directly with children on a regular basis, a DBS check may be required.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and documentation is required to support this.


Application Deadline: Friday 3rd September 2021

Interview Date: w/c 6th September 2021

Anticipated Start Date: October 2021

To apply:

Please submit a covering letter and CV via the Apply Now or send to

You may be contacted for a brief telephone interview before the formal interviews. If shortlisted for interview you will be required to prepare a presentation or complete a brief task, relevant to the role, as part of the interview.

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Variation Clause:

This is a description of the job, as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of the Trust periodically to examine job descriptions, update them and ensure that they relate to the job performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes. The appropriate Manager in consultation with the post holder will conduct this procedure.

In these circumstances it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible management reserves the right to make changes to your job description following consultation.

The Job Description was compiled by Stuart Dawks on 12th August 2021

Project County Cambridgeshire
Location Peterborough & Cambridgeshire
Salary £22,500 pa
Application Deadline 2021-09-03
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

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