Do you want to be at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency? Are you passionate about and experienced in delivering climate action? Are you motivated by delivering net zero and sustainable places for half a million Londoners?

In July 2019 Richmond Council and Wandsworth Council declared Climate Emergencies, following this Wandsworth Council published its Environment and Sustainability Strategy in July 2019 and Richmond published its Climate Emergency Strategy in January 2020. Both strategies are underpinned by ambitious action plans that involve services across all the whole organisation. These action plans cover the operations of both councils, the estates of both councils, reducing carbon emissions from the borough as whole, improving the climate resilience of both boroughs as well as engagement and behaviour change programmes which look to involve residents, local groups, local businesses and partners in taking action to improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions.

This role will support the delivery of the two strategies and their supporting action plans. The postholder will support the delivery of individual actions, including projects and engagement activities, working closely with the wider Climate Change and Sustainability Team as well as other teams across the organisation.

Being up to speed on the latest climate and sustainability developments: You will need to stay up to date on the latest policy and innovation happening across the climate change and sustainability landscape and bring that to the team and the organisation.

Project planning and delivery: You will be identifying projects from our climate action plans, developing plans for putting them in place and then delivering them, maximising the impact in terms of carbon savings and co-benefits.

Identifying funding: You will be identifying funding opportunities and developing bids to bring in the funding needed to deliver our ambitious climate action plans and the projects within them.

Working in partnership: You will be working across the organisation with teams that are delivering climate change and sustainability projects, as well as working with our external partners who are taking action on climate change to support and deliver projects.

Working as a team: You will be part of team that works at pace, delivering a large range of work that is high priority for both councils and to tight timescales, but that is supportive and positive in its approach.

To be able to do this role you will need:

  • An in-depth understanding of the climate change and sustainability agenda, and how this applies for local government
  • Experience in the delivery of climate change or sustainability related projects
  • Project planning and prioritisation skills.
  • Experience of managing a complex workload and responding flexibly to changing needs and priorities
  • The ability to work across an organisation with teams from different departments, and with external partners

We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.  We also offer Carbon Literacy Training for all staff, to ensure that everyone has the knowledge needed to be able to take action on climate change

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know.