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Food Saver Champion

Project Fareham Borough Council
Employer Fareham Borough Council
Job Description

Change Agents UK Level: 1

Location: Fareham, Hampshire

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

Fareham Borough Council is working with Sainsbury’s to deliver the flagship ‘Waste less, Save more’ (WLSM) campaign until Spring 2018. The campaign aims to reduce food waste in the area and cut household food bills, by engaging as many households as possible and highlighting how much food is currently wasted. A Food Saver Champion is being recruited to engage with residents about food waste, and also give advice on how to make full use of the Council’s recycling services.

The main objective of the campaign is to reach as many householders as possible, by working with our partner organisations; specifically housing providers, schools, day nurseries and community groups.

Who would this position suit?

This position will provide excellent experience for someone looking for a career in the environmental sector, community engagement, marketing, or the waste and recycling industry.

You will be out-going, confident, organised, able to work on your own initiative and interested in working with children. Some knowledge of nutrition and cooking would be beneficial.

You should be passionate about food and finding ways to reduce food waste

Who is Fareham Borough Council?

The post is situated within Fareham Borough Council Operations Department, and is based in the Depot. The refuse and recycling service operates on an alternate weekly basis, emptying refuse bins one week and recycling the next. Food waste is a significant proportion of the waste we collect.

Fareham Borough Council do not operate a food recycling collection service because it is prohibitively expensive, and there are no local processing facilities. Instead they are focussing on raising awareness of the amount of food wasted and the money residents could save by using all the food they buy; as well as the associated environmental benefits.

What is the Team like?

The refuse and recycling service is run by a small but supportive team, in a busy office. You will be required to work on their own initiative with minimal supervision.

Why would you want this position?

This is a fixed term opportunity; you will develop transferable skills in areas such as community engagement, communicating sustainability and project management. The post will provide good grounding for progression within the waste/recycling, or wider sustainability sectors, in the community sector, local government or marketing/publicity.

You will gain experience of project management, community work and detailed knowledge of food matters, as well as knowledge and experience of local government processes and procedures.

Salary (per annum pro rata): £18, 922

Preferred Start Date: 11th September 2017

Length of Opportunity: 6 months

Location Fareham, Hampshire

Key Responsibilities

The Food Saver Champion will work with the Recycling Co-ordinator to deliver the project in a number of ways, including:

  1. Make contact with schools, and work with small groups such as the School Council, to encourage all children to take home and complete a Food Diary for a week.

  2. Work with Housing Associations and other groups to encourage as many residents in the wider community as possible to keep a Food Diary for a week.

  3. Collate information from returned food waste diaries, and engage with residents to share tips and ideas to reduce their food waste.

  4. Develop and deliver projects and presentations; for example waste audits or school assemblies, and talks to local groups.

  5. Organise and run promotional stalls, for example in the local shopping centre, at fetes and community events, to raise awareness of food waste. These will involve attendance at some evening or weekend meetings, events and functions

  6. Write and produce material for the Council’s web site and social media channels, and encourage people to share food saving tips and ideas on social media.

  7. Respond to queries and enquiries from residents.

  8. Develop, promote and run a competition for local children to design a Bag To Go, to be printed and distributed to local restaurants to encourage diners to take home any uneaten food to eat later.

  9. Put together Waste Less Save More Welcome Packs and arrange distribution; for example to families through schools, and to tenants through Housing Associations and Council Housing Officers.

  10. Keep accurate records of the number of people reached, and analyse tonnage data from the refuse collection rounds to monitor the project.


  1. Interest in the environment / waste and recycling sector and a genuine commitment to the principles and goals of the Waste less, Save more project.

  2. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with very strong command of English.

  3. Ability to adapt communication style to relate to people of all ages and from all backgrounds, including children.

  4. Strong presentation skills, ability to be inspirational, open, friendly and engaging.

  5. Ability to work as a team and independently as required.

  6. Excellent organisation skills, and ability to organise events, such as promotional stalls in supermarket foyers or at local fetes.

  7. Ability to use email and social media, record data and use MS Office and Outlook packages.

  8. Full driving licence, access to own vehicle insured for work purposes, and willingness to use this for travel throughout the Borough.

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


  1. Experience of working with children.

  2. Interest in cooking, and knowledge of how to cook basic meals creatively.

  3. Experience of delivering projects to time and budget.

Additional Position Details

Closing Date: 23rd July 2017

Telephone Interview: w/c 24th July 2017

Interview Date: Wednesday, 9th August

Hours/Week: 37

Salary £18,922
Application Deadline 2017-07-23
Interview Date 2017-08-09
Start Date 2017-09-11
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted