Sustainability Engagement Lead


£31,000 - £37,000 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Sunday, 19th May 2024   Closes today

Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a difference?

Do you have experience in managing projects that help communities reduce their environmental impact and achieve net zero?

Are you our new Sustainability Engagement Lead?

As PECT’s Sustainability Engagement Lead, you will play a pivotal role in driving sustainable change within our local communities. Your focus would include educating residents on the benefits of energy efficiency, initiating behaviour change programs, and actively engaging the community in sustainability efforts.

Through the management of the home energy team, you would oversee projects that directly contribute to creating greener, more sustainable communities. This role is about being a change-maker, an influencer in the community who inspires others to join in creating a more sustainable future.

About PECT:

For 30 years PECT has been developing and delivering projects which help to protect and enhance the environment. Our vision is for sustainable places where the natural environment is healthy; communities are involved in their area, health and well-being are improved for all and resource use is responsible and does not compromise the needs of others, now and into the future.

PECT is committed to high staff satisfaction and offers a range of benefits including hybrid and flexible working hours, competitive pay, 25 days annual leave and opportunities for career development.

100% of the team would recommend PECT as a great place to work

Purpose of role:

The Sustainability Engagement Lead will be a key driver of sustainable change within local communities, focusing on educating residents about energy efficiency and spearheading behaviour change programs.

This role involves active engagement with the community to foster sustainability efforts and manage the home energy team in overseeing projects that contribute to sustainable places.

The ideal candidate will be a change-maker and influencer, inspiring others to participate in creating a sustainable future and achieving environmental goals.

Employer: PECT
Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane Peterborough, PE2 5UU. Hybrid working is currently in place with two days per week in the office.
Salary: £31,000 – £37,000 depending on experience.
Closing Date for applications: Sunday 19th May 2024
Interview Date: Week commencing 20th May 2024
Start Date: ASAP
Contract Term: Permanent
Hours/Week: 37 hours per week (although part-time hours will be considered)
Work outside normal hours: Occasional evening and weekend work may be required, typically for events
Reports to: CEO

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead and project manage PECTS’s domestic energy and fuel poverty initiatives to support residents in reducing their energy consumption.
  • Inspire, motivate, develop and manage the domestic energy team in accordance with PECT’s culture and policies.
  • Drive the transition towards cleaner and renewable energy sources by engaging with the community, providing training, and offering support.
  • Deliver comprehensive training and support to stakeholders on issues related to fuel poverty, energy efficiency, climate change and sustainability.
  • Develop and implement behaviour change programs and projects aimed at promoting eco-friendly habits within the community.
  • Engage with a diverse range of stakeholders to promote a collaborative approach to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
  • Work towards significant reductions in community carbon emissions, contributing to the achievement of net zero targets.
  • Collaborate with the wider PECT team to enhance public participation in environmental sustainability programs.
  • Ensure an equitable and inclusive transition for all citizens, emphasizing fair access to sustainable practices and resources.
  • Empower communities and individuals through the development and management of sustainability projects that address food security, water conservation, waste reduction, and energy efficiency.
  • Implement, deliver, and evaluate programs to ensure they meet their intended goals, on budget and time and have a positive impact on the community.
  • Any other reasonable tasks requested by line manager.

Person specification

We value diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and experiences. You don’t have to meet all the criteria listed below to apply. If you have the skills and passion for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Essential criteria:

  • Experienced in managing community-based projects aimed at reducing environmental impact and achieving net zero emissions.
  • Skilled in project management, stakeholder engagement, and team leadership.
  • An effective communicator capable of conveying the importance of sustainability to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, ability to build and maintain relationships with people at all levels.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work effectively under pressure to meet targets and handle issues that arise.
  • Ability to make decisions and act on own initiative; to self-motivate to ensure successful project outcomes.
  • IT literate especially in Microsoft Office Software.
  • Willingness to learn and undertake training where appropriate.


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in an environmental, business or science related discipline or relevant experience.
  • Be committed to continuous professional development.
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of environmental and sustainable issues.

Variation Clause:

This is a description of the job, as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of PECT to 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.

This Job Description was compiled by Stuart Dawks 24/04/2024


To apply: 

Please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected]. We prefer to receive applications electronically; however, we understand not everyone has access to the internet, therefore you can also post your application to the address below.

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.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Stuart Dawks, [email protected]

Right to work in the UK

PECT is not a home office sponsored organisation and are not able to offer employment unless the applicant already has the right to work in the UK via a passport or a visa that they have already obtained. We are not able to sponsor individuals.

Please indicate in your CV or covering letter that you have the right to work in the UK as without this we are unable to consider you for shortlisting for interview.

Postal address: PECT, Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

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