Volunteer Field Assistant

Organisation: Moors for the Future Partnership
Location: Peak District & South Pennines
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Website: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk
Contact name: Jemma Grant
Contact telephone: 01629 816585
Contact email:

The Moors for the Future Partnership works to restore large areas of bare peat to help prevent further erosion and protect remaining areas of remaining blanket bog – an internationally important habitat.

Our monitoring programme offers volunteers the chance to learn more about the moorland and blanket peat of the Peak District and South Pennines, as well as developing their field skills and plant ID.

Each year we take hundreds of water table measurements to help us assess the impact our work is having on the hydrology of the blanket bog. Our monitoring officers need help with this because we take measurements across the entire South Pennines SAC, and we try to do it in as short a time period as possible, to enable better comparison of sites. We have sites in the Peak District National Park (Kinder Scout, Bleaklow, Black Hill) and in the Rochdale/Calderdale areas of the South Pennines.

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers who can assist with water table monitoring on Thursdays throughout the Autumn, particularly at the northern sites, Rishworth and Turley Holes. The first dipwell monitoring day is scheduled for Thursday 18th September and the campaign will run every Thursday for 12 weeks.

No experience is necessary as training will be given. Our sites can involve a long walk and difficult terrain and so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Volunteers should have clothing appropriate for working outdoors.

To apply, please visit our website at www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/volunteering and download a Volunteer Registration Form.

For more information please contact Jemma Grant on 01629 816585.


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Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge Project Manager (Maternity Cover)

Thames21 is the leading waterway charity in London. The charity is a vibrant and growing organisation with approximately 20 staff. Its two offices currently operate in Central London with a second office in East London. This dynamic and rapidly developing charity is looking for a key member of the team

Purpose of the job

To continue the Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge project at Thames21 to completion of the first phase in March 2015.

• Project managing Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) creation projects at a number of sites in the Salmons Brook Catchment, London Borough of Enfield
• Ensuring maintenance of the existing SuDS systems and sustainability for the project
• Working with other Thames21 staff members to monitor the impact of the SuDS systems, particularly on water quality
• Liaising with local communities to raise awareness of water quality issues and promoting behavioural change
• Working with other staff members to fund raise to continue the project post March 2015

Main duties and responsibilities

The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of managing the Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge, including liaison with partner organisations and contractors, local residents and funders and other Thames21 staff involved in the project.

The post holder will have excellent project management and organisational skills, be self-motivated and have confident communication skills.

Background

The rivers in the Lower Lea Catchment are some of the most polluted rivers in Britain. The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge is a key part of the Love the Lea campaign.

The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge aims to improve water quality in this catchment. Funded by Defra as part of the Catchment Restoration Fund, the project involves the creation of SuDS systems at sites in the London Borough of Enfield. Two comprehensive SuDS have been created already. There are plans for a further three to be created during autumn/winter 2014-2015.

There are a number of key tasks within this role. Firstly, the Project Manager will liaise with partner organisations, SuDS designers and contractors to project manage the creation of SuDS systems to improve water quality. In addition it is the post holder’s responsibility to ensure the existing SuDS are well maintained throughout the lifetime of the project. The Project Manager will work with specialist staff from Thames21, other agencies and students to monitor the impact of the SuDS on water quality, biodiversity, environment and local residents. Excellent communication and engagement with communities, informing about the project and progress, raising awareness of water pollution issues and promoting positive behavioural change is a key strength of this project to be continued. Finally working with Thames21’s Fundraising Officer and partners to identify and apply for relevant funding to continue the project post March 2015.

This post will be a fixed term contract. The expected term of this contract is from 27th October 2014 until 31st March 2015, which currently denotes the end of this project. There is a possibility that the project could be funded for a further period beyond this date , which would extend the period of maternity cover required and potentially the contract.

To request application details e-mail:

adrian.spalding@thames21.org.uk

or visit our website at www.thames21.org.uk

Closing date for completed application forms: Tuesday 30th September 2014

Interview date: Wednesday 8th October 2014

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Local Fracking Activist

Organisation: Friends of the Earth
Location: Lancashire
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Tue 23 September 14
Contact name: Tim Atkinson
Contact telephone: 0121 643 7456
Contact email:

Want to stand up and be counted on fracking?

Friends of the Earth campaigns for solutions to environmental problems with the help of volunteer activists around the country. And we are looking for help for our fracking campaign in Lancashire at a crucial time.

The extraction of shale gas by fracking poses serious risks to the environment and human health. With applications for fracking wells in central Lancashire it’s never been as important to make your voice heard. With us, you can join an exciting network of local people campaigning together against fracking.

To get you started, we’d be asking you to come to one of our evening training events in September in Burnley on Wednesday September 17 and Preston on Tuesday September 23. We’ll share some key skills and what we know about fracking as well as helping you to come up with great ideas for action.

Things you could do with us would include:

- Raising awareness in your community
- Helping to tell our side of the story in the local media
- Lobbying your local councillor or MP
- Inspiring other people to get involved.

We’d also bring you together with other activists in your area to campaign together.


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Practical Projects Volunteer Officer

Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Croydon
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Tue 16 September 14
Website: www.tcv.org.uk
Contact name: Dave Johnson
Contact telephone: 020 8726 0974 07711 007 205
Contact email:

Are you looking for experience in environment conservation, project management or leading groups of volunteers?

We are currently recruiting for two vacant posts as Volunteer Officers with The Conservation Volunteers in Croydon. Volunteer Officers plan, lead and deliver projects with our large group of volunteers. The Volunteer Officer role is well respected by employers in both the voluntary and countryside sectors.

The placement will provide you with plenty of practical experience in various conservation skills such as coppicing; planting; fencing and footpath work; pond maintenance; and general habitat creation and management. Croydon provides a wide variety of working environments, from urban green spaces in the north of the borough to ancient woodland and chalk grassland meadows in the south. Our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TCVcroydon provides details of upcoming projects and a photo diary of our recent projects.

During your time as a Volunteer Officer you will have the opportunity to develop new skills, both through formal training courses (e.g. emergency first aid, project leadership, MIDAS minibus driving, etc.) and by working alongside a team of very experienced volunteers who are willing to share their skills and knowledge.

You must be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, our regular project days every week. You should also be prepared to commit a further 1-2 days per week to plan projects and/or get involved with other areas of the Croydon team’s work. Based on past experience of Volunteer Officers, we would expect you to stay with us for at least six months so that you have the chance to build up the level of experience required by employers. As with most voluntary positions, the more you put into your time with us the more you will gain from it.
Please note that this is an unpaid position and accommodation is not provided but reasonable travel costs incurred as part of your work can be reimbursed. Volunteer Officers usually support their living costs through either other paid part-time work or Jobseekers Allowance.

You do not need any previous experience. Your willingness to “have a go” and be involved is the most important qualification. This applies whether you are straight out of education or are looking for a change in career.

If you wish to be considered for one of these posts then please get in touch by emailing or calling our office to arrange to come along to one of our project days. A day out with us will give you a better understanding of the role and give you chance to talk to the Community Project Officer and the other two Volunteer Officers


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Event: Working With Conflict

Organisation: Talk Action
Venue: London
Date: 25th November 2014
Website: www.talkaction.org
Contact name: Bertil Grunberg
Contact telephone: 0207 324 4775
Contact email:

A practical one day course that looks at how you can reduce, prevent and resolve disputes with others. The training is designed to build on your communication skills by helping you work on what to say and how to mentally approach conversations.

This course will give you the tools to understand conflict and teach you how to develop personal conflict resolution strategies.

The training is designed to build on your communication skills by helping you work on what to say and how to mentally approach conversations.

We will also look at how these skills can be extended, and are used, in facilitation, mediation, consensus building and other cooperative ways of working.

The day includes:
• Core skills for working with conflict
• Your role in conflicts
• Having productive conversations that resolve conflicts
• How to recognise and apply appropriate states of mind for working with conflict
• Learning how to have consensual, non-judgmental and solution focused conversations
• Active listening and dialogue skills
• Other ways of using these skills in meditation, facilitation and consensus building

Who should attend?
This short course is designed for anyone from the public or voluntary sector. It will help everyone who works with people on a daily basis, enabling them to have better communication to reach agreements on ways forward. Be it at management level or not, this course will help you understand what makes peaceful working environments and one of the key ways to achieve them.

Venue
TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London

Costs
£425: Corporate/Large businesses
£328: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£180: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals.

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact us at bertil@talkaction.org for further details.

Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean vegetarian buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

For bookings and information please contact Bertil:
Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: bertil@talkaction.org


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Event: Advanced Media Training

The media can be you and your organisations greatest ally; if you know how to use it. This advanced media training course will look at how to make that happen for you. It will show you how to structure a media strategy that will get people on side with your campaign and organisation, even when dealing with a broad and diverse audience.

Delegates will learn how to create a media strategy using all of the tools available to them in terms of print media, broadcast and social media. There will be tips from an experienced trainer and you will have a space to discuss the experience of your peers filling the day with practical exercises, role playing scenarios and hands on practice of how to create media strategies.

This short course will give you all the understanding you need to be a successful campaigner for your organisation. We will also focus on crisis management and look at how to turn a negative into a PR storm. This course will enable you to have better relations with the media and give you the skills to create media strategies/campaigns that will be remembered in years to come.

The training day includes:
• Understanding complex audiences and what drives them
• Getting your message across concisely
• Creating new and exciting angles
• How to keep control of interviews
• Crisis management- what to do in case of an emergency
• Using reactive situations to your advantage
• Understanding Integrated Communications
• Developing sophisticated monitoring and evaluation

Who should attend?
This course is perfect for anyone who has had prior experience with the media and it follows on brilliantly from our Media Training (Public Sector, Charities, NGOs and Social Enterprises), although it is not a prerequisite. It is perfect for anyone in the Public Sector, Charities, NGOs, Social Enterprises, or NHS staff.

If you are a media officer for your organisation or someone trying to develop a campaign (internal or external), this course will give you the answers you need.

Venue
TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London

Costs
£425: Corporates & Large businesses
£328:Large charities, Small businesses & Public sector
£180: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and Individuals

Tailored courses/in-house courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact bertil@talkaction.org for further details.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.
For bookings and information please contact Bertil on:
Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: bertil@talkaction.org

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Senior Ecologist

Senior Ecologist

Ecological Planning & Research (EPR) is looking for ambitious and dedicated ecologists to help us deliver biodiversity objectives through sustainable development.

We are a leading ecological consultancy based in Hampshire for 25 years. We have strong roots in land use planning and conservation management and are proud to work for clients in the public and private sectors, who expect robust, pragmatic advice on the integration of biodiversity into their complex projects.

We aim to enable our ecologists to earn a good and secure income, whilst enjoying their work utilising innovative ecological techniques within a highly expert, supportive team. We provide great opportunities for training in both ecological and commercial skills. Whenever possible, we recruit senior staff from within, providing excellent long-term career opportunities.

Our people:

• Relish the challenge of integrating biodiversity into sustainable development;
• Have excellent technical skills and wish to develop more;
• Are team-players, but are also self-motivated;
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
• Are commercially aware and seek to pursue their chosen career within an expanding and innovative consultancy.

We are currently recruiting at Senior Ecologist level.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Managing a range of projects, with support from Principal Ecological Consultants, to deliver biodiversity objectives, including staff allocation, budget management and invoicing;
• Assisting EPR to secure repeat business by developing client relationships;
• Communicating with clients by telephone, letters and reports;
• Protected species or vegetation surveys and write ups;
• Managing survey programmes; and
• Mentoring staff in own specialist area.

Experience Required

• Experience of project management, meeting deadlines, working within budgets;
• Experience of dealing with commercial clients;
• Proven experience of surveying protected species and/or vegetation;
• Good report writing and communication skills;
• Practical experience of Ecological Impact Assessment;
• Experience or an understanding of Habitats Regulation Assessment; and
• Implementation of planning policy and legislation for nature conservation.

Person Specification

• Relevant degree;
• Member of CIEEM (or eligible to become one);
• Able to demonstrate good all round ecological knowledge;
• Able to demonstrate understanding of nature conservation and planning legislation;
• Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately to internal and external contacts verbally and through written communication;
• Be able to demonstrate an interest in business development;
• Flexible approach to working as part of a team or individually; and
• Full driving licence.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with botanical survey and assessment skills and those with a bat licence.

Rewards

The positions attract highly competitive salaries (based on qualifications and experience) and a comprehensive benefits package including an ethical pension scheme and bonus scheme based on individual contribution to the delivery of our Company objectives. We also provide an extensive in-house training and professional development programme. You will be joining a team of friendly, dedicated and professional ecologists and working in an environment where you are actively encouraged and supported in meeting your professional aspirations.

If you are interested in joining our team please download the application form from our website www.epr.uk.com. CVs will not be accepted.

Completed applications should be retuned to:

Alison Hogan
EPR Ltd
The Barn
Micheldever Station
Hampshire
SO21 3AR

Or by email to jobs@epr.uk.com

Closing date for applications is 17.30 19 September 2014.

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Climate and Energy Policy Officer

Organisation: WWF-UK
Salary: £30,000 pa
Reference: 1932
Location: Woking, Surrey
Hours: Either
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Sun 21 September 14
Website: www.wwf.org.uk
Contact name: Recruitment
Contact telephone: 01483 412265
Contact email:

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. We’re creating solutions to the most important environmental challenges facing the planet so people and nature can thrive. This involves working with businesses, communities and governments in over 100 countries. Together, we’re safeguarding the natural world, tackling climate change and enabling people to use natural resources sustainably. This is your opportunity to join us as we face our biggest challenges yet.

Climate and Energy Policy Officer
£30,000
Woking
Full / part time, permanent

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the WWF UK Climate and Energy policy unit, helping to develop and deliver climate and energy policy solutions. This will focus on three areas: International transport emissions; bioenergy in relation to meeting UK carbon budgets; and support on other priority work streams.

To be considered you will need substantial experience of working on climate change or related environmental issues in an environmental NGO, or a research organization. This should include successfully advocating environmental policy change to decision makers along with demonstrable knowledge and understanding of UK and EU political institutions. Some knowledge of the UK airport expansion and climate change debate would be desirable.

Closing date: 21 September 2014
Interviews: early October 2014

If you’d like to help us inspire positive change, you can view further information and apply at:

www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/about_us/jobs

At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.


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Head of Climate & Energy Policy

Organisation: WWF-UK
Salary: £50,000 pa
Reference: 1988
Location: Woking, Surrey
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Sun 21 September 14
Website: www.wwf.org.uk
Contact name: Recruitment
Contact telephone: 01483 412265
Contact email:

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. This is your chance to play your part.

Head of Climate & Energy Policy
£50,000
Woking
Full time, permanent

This role is key to influencing decision-makers in governments, businesses, EU and global institutions. Working closely with the Chief Advisor on Climate, you’ll play an integral part in the team, leading the development of policy positions and successfully influencing strategies to deliver against WWF goals. You’ll represent WWF in high profile meetings with both internal and external contacts, maintaining a high profile of the unit’s work.

We’re looking for a committed individual with proven experience in successfully advocating environmental policy; good knowledge of UK, EU and UN political institutions; and extensive experience of working on climate change or related environmental issues (preferably in an NGO or research organisation). Suitable candidates will have experience successfully managing a team, inspiring individuals to perform at their best.

Closing date: 21 September 2014
Interviews: w/c 29 September 2014

If you’d like to help us inspire positive change, you can view further information and apply at:

www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/about_us/jobs

At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.


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Travel Plan Manager

TRAVEL PLAN MANAGER
Estate Management
Salary: £38,511 – £48,743 pa

The University of Cambridge is seeking an experienced, knowledgeable and committed individual to join the University’s Environment and Energy Section as the Travel Plan Manager. This Section 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.

The Travel Plan Manager will be responsible for the University’s strategic travel plan management and implementation of policy, procedures and measures supporting travel to work, travel at work (e.g. between sites) and travel for work (business travel) across the University’s City-wide portfolio.

The University is making significant investment in its estate, including a £1bn development scheme at North West Cambridge, a mixed-use development on a 150-hectare site. The role-holder will deliver the Travel Plan for the North West Cambridge Development and prepare and implement travel plans for the rest of the estate.

Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects. In addition, candidates should have substantial knowledge and experience in the development and delivery of sustainable travel plans across large organisations and or multi-location sites and of implementation of planning and development requirements for travel plans.

This is a great opportunity to help shape the travel policy and performance of a world class institution.

The University provides an attractive salary, a final salary pension scheme, a generous holiday entitlement and an excellent professional development programme.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/4708. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Katie Cobley, HR Manager by email on EM.HR@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference BA04068 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy, closing date 22nd September 2014.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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