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Events Coordinator

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is a chartered professional body and registered charity. CIWEM exists to advance the science of water and environmental management for the public benefit. The Institution has an established and respected annual programme of events including conferences, seminars, training workshops, formal dinners, parliamentary receptions, and networking events.

We are continuing to expand and develop our events programme and are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the team.

CIWEM is seeking an Events Coordinator, who will join the Institution’s Secretariat at CIWEM’s headquarters in Farringdon, London.

The Events Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination and organisation of CIWEM Events and will provide support to the Events Board to ensure the annual programme is topical, varied and maintains a high level of quality. Full details are provided below.

Programme Development
• Liaise with the Events Board to identify event topics and assist with the strategic development of the CIWEM events programme
• Gather sufficient market research and technical information in order to produce speaker agendas for events
• Provide administrative support and be main point of contact for the Events Programme Board

Event Coordination
• Coordinate the events including the delegate management, venue booking and liaison, speaker invitations and management, sponsor management, alongside undertaking risk assessments and drafting individual event budgets
• Field enquiries from current and potential delegate and sponsors
• Attend and assist with the running of events
• Work with the Events Assistant in the drafting of event materials and programmes
• Work with the Events Assistant and Press and Communications Coordinator on the marketing and promotion of the events
• Work with the policy team and others to produce outputs from the events
• Evaluate event performances and report on delegate feedback
• Assist across any other activities as required by the Head of Events and Business Development

Person specification:

• Educated to degree level or equivalent (preferably event or environment related)
• At least one year’s relevant experience of event management and organisation
• Excellent time management skills
• Good organisational, planning & administrative skills
• Attention to detail and ability to respond in a timely fashion to queries
• Ability to influence and build collaborative relationships with speakers, sponsors and suppliers
• Be flexible, enthusiastic, self motivated and self confident
• Team player
• Computer and IT literate. Good knowledge of Word, Excel, database or CRM or online events booking systems

• A good understanding of environment sector issues
• Have some experience of budget management
• Have some commercial awareness
• Experience of marketing and promotion of events including via social media

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic events organiser to join a dynamic team and help shape the events portfolio of a leading professional institution.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 19th September.

Interviews will be held in week commencing 29th September.

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter to Lauren Clemow, Head of Events and Business Development, events@ciwem.org

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Event: National Soil Symposium 2014

Organisation: Soil Association
Venue: Solihull, West Midlands
Date: 25-27 November 2014
Cost: From £48
Website: www.soilassociation.org
Contact telephone: 0117 314 5100
Contact email:

The Soil Association’s National Soil Symposium has been running for 6 years and is the central event in the Soil Association calendar that brings together and focuses on the needs of our farmers and growers.

In 2013, our hugely successful National Soil Symposium in Bristol was a sell-out 2-day event dedicated to informing and inspiring farmers and growers on the latest thinking and developments in soil management.

The National Soil Symposium is a practical event for farmers and growers, organic or non-organic. Every year, we have farmers and growers speaking at the event and sharing their vast knowledge and experience of soil management techniques.

This year, we are combining two popular events under one roof – the Soil Association’s National Soil Symposium and the Organic Research Centre’s (ORC) 9th Producers’ Conference.

Tuesday 25 November – National Soil Symposium
Wednesday 26 November – ORC Producers’ Conference (Day 1)
Thursday 27 November – ORC Producers’ Conference (Day 2)

For further information about the ORC Conference, please visit the Organic Research Centre website

Location: St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1AT

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Northern Reserves Voluntary Trainees x2

Organisation: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: North Yorkshire Reserves
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Wed 08 October 14
Website: www.ywt.org.uk
Contact name: Jo Meays
Contact telephone: 01904 659570
Contact email:

Northern Reserves Voluntary Trainees (1 north eastern & 1 north western)

Our Field Officers carry out a varied and important program of reserve field work to create and protect high quality habitats for a range of wildlife across Yorkshire.

Therefore this offers a fantastic chance to gain the essential experience needed for a career in reserve work. You can gain experience on our North Yorkshire reserves carrying out habitat management activities for example, scrub clearance, wetland creation, ragwort pulling, fence and gate repairs. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage the site. There will also be occasions where time will be spent assisting the field officer to repair reserve machinery.

There will be some additional opportunity to assist the reserves team in wider tasks such as surveying and monitoring flora & fauna, or researching & developing management plans. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in other aspects of the Wildlife Trust.

You will need:-

  • Enthusiasm for wildlife and/or conservation
  • Skill in practical work or willingness to learn
  • Skill in tool maintenance or willingness to learn
  • Friendly and approachable nature; able to get along with many different people
  • Reliable
  • Able to use initiative

These roles are 12 months, so you can experience all kinds of seasonal tasks; 3 days a week, so you can still study or work part time, and comes with an exceptional training budget to carry out a chainsaw qualification; first aid at work, brushcutter experience and possibly pesticides, we also run a varied internal training program for trainees to get involved in. We provide reasonable travel expenses at £120 a month for a 3 day placement (approx £10 a day)

Closing date: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by noon
Interview date: Friday 24th October

*To apply click on the ‘More information’ link below or email jo.meays@ywt.org.uk

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Event: Annual Conference 2014

Organisation: Soil Association
Venue: Swindon
Date: 8th-9th October 2014
Cost: From £95
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Transforming the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world

Join us for a fantastic two day conference to debate some of the biggest issues of the day facing our food and farming systems.

Chaired by Farming Today’s Charlotte Smith the conference will cover the politics of pollinators; a good life for our farmed animals; our broken food system and what politicians intend to do about it in the run up to the election; the Deputy Chief Medical Officer on the worldwide antibiotics crisis; and excitingly the first chance to hear and quiz Professor Carlo Leifert on the recent organic nutritional research. We’ll also be asking delegates to decide this year’s best innovators in farming and growing. And as ever the conference is a chance to meet old friends and make new ones at our now famous organic supper, drinks and ceilidh (this year with our Organic Awards presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli).

The conference coincides with the Soil Association AGM at the end of day 1, so is a great chance to catch up with what the Soil Association has been up to, as well as enjoy the wide range of exciting speakers.

More than that though this is a great chance for all of us in the organic movement – producers, businesses, policymakers, campaigners, and public members, and anyone with an interest in changing our food system for the better – to get together and celebrate our successes and our common goals.

We hope to see as many of you as possible.

The conference will take place on 8 and 9 October at STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY.

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Sustainable Behaviour Assistant

Organisation: The University of Sheffield
Salary: £16,500 pa
Reference: 2226
Location: Sheffield
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Sun 21 September 14


The University of Sheffield is a large organisation with over 25,000 students, 6,500 staff and several hundred buildings. Due to the size and nature of its activities, the University places significant environmental impacts on the local and global environment.

The University recognises its impact and has made a corporate commitment to improving its environmental performance by developing and adopting an Environmental Policy. This has been in place since 1997 and provides the framework for all work in energy management, waste and recycling and sustainable transport.

Behaviour change projects form an integral part of the University’s on-going environmental management activity. The Green Impact and Student Switch Off programmes have been successfully delivered in the past five years, and we hope to build on this success in 2014-15.


This post will be a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the effective implementation of Green Impact and Student Switch Off programmes in order to achieve an increase in the pro-environmental behaviours of students and staff within the University and Union.

The Sustainable Behaviour Assistant will provide added capacity to enable successful delivery of the University’s Green Impact project by the specified completion dates.

This is a 9 month, full time post that will deliver the Green Impact objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of sustainability across the University of Sheffield as a whole.

Benefits of this opportunity

The successful graduate will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, developing communication skills in different mediums and will gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation.

The full time nature of this role will enable the graduate to develop not only the skills and outputs required as part of Green Impact and Student Switch Off, but also to work as an integral part of the environment team to create and drive forward further initiatives across the University’s staff, students and estate.

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Recycling Promoters/Team Leaders – Greater Manchester

Organisation: Enventure Research
Salary: £7.65 or £8.65/hour plus potential bonus
Location: Greater Manchester – Trafford, Stockport, Manchester and Rochdale
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Fri 26 September 14
Website: www.enventure.co.uk
Contact name: Kayleigh Haigh
Contact telephone: 01274 866845
Contact email:

Enventure is currently looking to recruit a team of enthusiastic individuals to carry out a targeted doorstepping awareness campaign to engage with residents concerning their recycling services in order to promote and encourage increased participation within the districts of Trafford, Stockport, Manchester and Rochdale. The focus of the campaign is to increase the amount of materials being recycled, clarify what can and cannot be recycled and reduce contamination, with particular emphasis on the ‘Metal Matters’ campaign, which aims to increase recycling capture rates of all metals which can be recycled in the kerbside collection service.

Recycling Promoters will engage with residents and motivate them to recycle through direct interaction on their doorstep. The roles involve face to face interaction with residents on the doorstep, raising awareness of the recycling services and encouraging residents to participate.

These positions provide an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain experience in the waste and recycling sector. Attention to detail, enthusiasm and fantastic communication skills are essential.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 29 September 2014, however recruitment may continue throughout the project according to staffing requirements. The training session will be held on Tuesday 7 October 2014, with doorstepping activity starting the day after. The contract will last for four weeks.

To apply, please download the application form and job description by following the ‘Application Pack Link’ above. Please send completed application forms to Kayleigh Haigh – kayleighhaigh@enventure.co.uk

No CVs are accepted for these positions. For further information, please contact Kayleigh Haigh on 01274 866845.

No recruitment agencies please.

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Skip Garden Chef Intern

Job Purpose

We’re Global Generation, and we’re on the lookout for a Kitchen Intern to help us in an exciting time of growth, in which our garden, café and events space are becoming increasingly popular.

You will work alongside Global Generation’s Chefs to cook seasonal and vegetarian meals involving the wider Kings Cross community in the Skip Garden Kitchen. You will get to take part in all aspects of our work – from picking fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden to use in the cooking and learning about them to cooking meals, from simple hearty dishes for the cafe to big buffet spreads and sit down meals for special events. You will also get the chance to go out into Kings Cross to cook and sell food from our mobile cafe, a purpose built christiania cargo bike.

Organisational Context

Global Generation has an established network of urban food-growing sites in King’s Cross, of which the Skip Garden is the ‘mothership’. Our work is focused on the development of the whole person, providing support for young people to become catalysts for change in their communities. We integrate values-based reflective learning into practical sessions, enabling young people to grow themselves, grow relationships and grow a new vision for the future.

The food we grow gets used in our Skip Garden Kitchen – a transformed portable cabin – involving local young people and local businesses. Cooking and eating together is an important aspect of Global Generation, an important income earner in order to reinvest the money into our projects with young people as well as increasingly a platform to bring different people together and learn in a hands on way. The Skip Garden Kitchen is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and first Saturday of the month. In addition to the cafe, we also take out our bike, from which you can cook and sell food, to bring a piece of the Skip Garden to the wider community.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As the Kitchen Intern you will:

  • Work alongside Global Generation’s chefs, young people and volunteers in the preparation and serving of food for the cafe, staff team and for an exciting variety of events
  • Go out on the bike selling food and as a means to promote the Skip Garden
  • Represent Global Generation with fantastic customer service
  • Take sole responsibility for certain meals after building up your cooking confidence
  • Help with all aspects of running the kitchen – the organising of stock, the cleaning of the kitchen, and ensuring that health, safety and hygiene rules are adhered to

Essential Skills and Experience

This would be an ideal role for someone who wants to get into catering or is simply passionate about food. We would need you to:

  • Be enthusiastic about cooking good quality sustainable, vegetarian food
  • Enjoy working with young people
  • Share the values of Global Generation
  • Be a self starter, enjoy taking initiative
  • Be motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Be flexible, and have a great working attitude.

Support you will get in the role

  • Work very closely with the Global Generation chefs as well as the rest of Global Generation’s Programmes team (garden and youth programmes) to get a feel of the whole of the work
  • There are potentials to work in partnership with our local restaurant partners, such as Grain Store, Caravan, Rotunda and The Gilbert Scott

Time Commitment: Ideally, you will be happy to work with us three days per week (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) for a minimum of three months and up to six months.

Expenses: We will pay you £10 per day to cover your travel expenses and you’d always share a home-cooked lunch with the rest of the team

Start Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014

How to Apply: Please email your CV and a covering letter to jobs@globalgeneration.org.uk by 6pm on Wednesday 1st October. The cover letter should outline why you are interested in and suited to the role of Chef Intern at Global Generation. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 8 October at 3pm.

For more information please visit: www.globalgeneration.org.uk

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Communications & Promotions Volunteer, River Lee & River Stort

Organisation: Canal & River Trust
Salary: Voluntary, with expenses
Location: Hertfordshire / Essex / West London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Tue 30 September 14
Website: canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteering
Contact telephone: 0303 040 4040
Contact email:

Could you give one or two days a week to help promote the River Lee & River Stort?

We’re looking for local people who can help build up a network of media contacts in the local area, telling all the interested newspapers, radio stations, community newsletters, blogs and other contacts about the work we’re doing and what’s going on along their local waterway.

The role involves supporting the Trust’s press office and digital team by sourcing stories, distributing press releases and taking supporting photos. Key to the role will be building a good working relationship with the Trust’s local waterway supervisor and their team of staff and volunteers.

Applicants can work from home bases in Hertfordshire or Essex, our Docklands office near Canary Wharf or a mixture of the two. This is a great flexible role to fit around your life. Reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed.

The Trust has a small but experienced and professional comms team, but we’ve got so much to tell we need some help spreading the word.
This is a great opportunity to;
•Be part of a team in the third sector doing something important for the nation’s heritage
•Give something back to the local waterway and the community
•Expand your skills set – particularly PR and/or social media
•Build local/regional media links
•A real opportunity to own and develop interesting stories

Skills Required
Knowledge of traditional and/or social media in Hertfordshire and Essex
Good IT Skills – Microsoft Outlook, Word
Ability to write copy
Good communication skills
Ability to take, upload and email images to media
Interest in canals and waterways and/or heritage/ecology/leisure
Self-motivated and enjoy working as part of a team
Confident and outgoing
Basic knowledge of how a comms department works

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in finding out more about this opportunity. If you apply for more info (below) we will get in touch soon with further details. Thank you!

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Food & Farming Consultant

About the role
It’s an incredibly exciting time at the National Trust. We want to manage our land in the best way possible. Because we know the importance of food and farming in creating a more sustainable society, we understand the role that we need to play.
You’ll be driven to support our tenant and in hand farms with practical advice and guidance on farming systems, whole farm management planning, environmentally responsible farming, diversification, marketing and CAP schemes. You will also be eager to work with colleagues on practical improvements to conservation, holistic natural resource management and communicating our work in this field.

You’ll bring knowledge of the current agri-environment schemes in Wales and an interest in shaping future policy. You will be energised by the UK and Welsh political environment, and driven to work with colleagues to shape food and farming policy that supports both farming productivity and land management. We’d also like you to be a good communicator, regularly liaising with farmers, colleagues and government policy makers – presenting information simply and keeping good written records.

Although we are recruiting for a full time role, we are looking to appoint the best candidate(s) in the field. So, we are also interested to hear from individuals who would like to work on a part time basis (potentially also employed part time in a family farm) who can demonstrate that they are a strong candidate.

We are also open to applicants based anywhere in Wales. The majority of our tenanted and in hand estate is in mid and west Wales (Gower, Brecon, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Snowdonia, Llyn and Anglesey). It would be an advantage for you to be a Welsh speaker.

About you
Your background is in agriculture – ideally within a customer-focused organisation – and you’ll already have plenty of practical experience of working on farms and with food. You will have a relevant degree (or equivalent professional experience). No one understands the farming and food world better and you’ll know all about the latest innovations in the market – and how we can use them. You’ll be used to working with and supporting others and negotiating and influencing too. You’ll have the confidence needed to inspire everyone around you to get behind them.

You’re as good with figures as you are with people, able to meet targets and see the importance of keeping good written records. You make things happen – and you’ve the track record to prove it.

Incredibly rewarding
Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career. We’ll give you all the training, support and continued professional development you need, and we appreciate that work/life balance is important. You can also look forward to free admission to all our incredible places, and a helpful 20% off at our shops, cafes and restaurants. But they’re just the benefits we can tell you about here. There are lots more atwww.nationaltrustrewardsandbenefits.org.uk

About us
We’re a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. Over 100 years later these values are still at the heart of everything we do. We want people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy, be inspired by and love the places we look after as much as we do. We want everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to feel like a member of the National Trust and, by 2020, we want to have grown our membership to more than five million.

To find out more, and to apply, please click on ‘More information’ below.
Closing date: 30 September 2014. Provisional interview date: 21 October 2014.

Committed to equal opportunities.
Registered charity number 205846.

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Archiving Volunteer

Organisation: World Land Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Website: www.worldlandtrust.org
Contact name: Jenny Chattington
Contact telephone: 01986 874422
Contact email:

Since 1989 the World Land Trust has been raising funds for the purchase and protection of threatened wildlife habitat all over the world.

We currently have a vacancy for an Archiving Volunteer to join WLT. This is a voluntary position, focusing on the development of the creation and growth of an archiving system for WLT records. Working directly with the CEO this voluntary opportunity is expected to enhance the work of WLT.

Volunteers need to be self-reliant, motivated and organised. The WLT is looking for candidates with a high level of literacy and communication skills, who want to work as part of a small team dealing with international issues, in a rural town location.

The successful applicant should, ideally, be a graduate with a background in archiving, and an interest in the subject matter. A proven enthusiasm for the subject and/or relevant volunteering experience is a distinct advantage.

Currently WLT believes that 3 months full time, or six months part time would enable the completion of this task. We are prepared to be flexible, but we would ask that once you start you do commit to finishing. Ideally you would be a recent graduate seeking work experience or an experienced archivist looking for a voluntary opportunity. Out of pocket expenses will be paid, but no contribution towards living is available. Part-time work is available in the area.

• Knowledge, ideally experience of, paper and digital archiving
• Interest in World Land Trust/conservation (this can be informal but it is essential that you show this)
• Relevant qualification

Please note that this is not an internship, but a voluntary position requiring a specific skill set. This may not be suitable for those interested in the regular WLT internship programme.

To apply please email a CV and covering letter addressed to Jenny Chattington, Head of Operations: jobs@worldlandtrust.org

Start date is flexible, but ideally would be in 2014

Interviews ideally take place at the WLT offices in Halesworth, but by prior arrangement could take place in London.

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