Sustainability Inspiration Manager


c.£34,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: sustainability, environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 4th March 2018  

Earthwatch is recruiting for a Sustainability Inspiration Manager to share their environmental and sustainability expertise to support the design and delivery of our experiential learning and leadership programmes, which attract senior and influential business leaders, teachers and young people. We work with companies and individuals who want to improve their impact on the environment and take the action necessary for a sustainable planet. We help businesses nurture sustainability leaders, build resilience and connect with the natural world to make a meaningful contribution to vital environmental and social issues.

The ideal candidate will combine passion for, and considerable knowledge of, key sustainability issues including climate change, urbanisation, ecosystem services and freshwater, the policy and economic drivers of these issues and the business impacts. You will be able to bring these issues to life for our audiences as an integral part of our learning and engagement experiences and at key Earthwatch events. You may have acquired your expertise through your career to date; it may be combined with a relevant academic qualification, in either case you will have the credibility to represent Earthwatch on these issues. This role will involve facilitating programmes from 1-10 days at various field-based locations, occasionally abroad, so you will have a love for nature and the outdoors and a passion for engaging others in the subject and inspiring new ways of thinking.

Earthwatch is an international environmental NGO. Our mission is to empower people to save our planet. We do this, by creating knowledge and inspiring action through hands-on science and environmental engagement. We address big environmental challenges by working together with individuals, communities and organisations. We aim to create a global community that values and nurtures a sustainable planet.

Closing date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Interviews: Friday 16th March 2018

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK; Earthwatch is unable to support visa applications.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Position Title: Sustainability Inspiration Manager
Location: Oxford, UK
Reports to: Senior Learning Manager
Direct reports: None
Salary: Circa £34,000
Contract Duration: Open Ended

Job Purpose

Leading the organisational approach on how we effectively communicate critical sustainability issues to a diverse audience; using environmental and sustainability expertise to support the design and delivery of experiential learning and leadership programmes which lead to behaviour change at both individual and organisational levels.

Key Deliverables:

With colleagues, design engaging activities and content on key environmental issues such as climate change and freshwater, which form part of a wider learning experience:

  • Distil complex scientific, policy and economic information into accessible formats
  • Integrate a variety of approaches, including multimedia and activities, to promote learning and interest
  • Keep up to date with key issues and oversee continuous improvement of learning content
  • Adapt sessions for different audiences and programmes
  • Use personal expertise to contribute to webinars, blogs and discussion forums as required

Engaging delivery of the sustainability information:

  • Deliver presentations and activities on a broad range of sustainability themes, facilitating debate and responding to challenging questions.
  • Deliver outdoor experiential learning, in the UK and abroad, to promote understanding of sustainability principles and environmental sensitivity

Provide leadership in the field while delivering learning and research programmes:

  • Work with the research team to manage participant involvement in hands-on scientific research
  • Actively promote safety and welfare best practice
  • Support logistics and delivery team management

Train, support and coach others to deliver learning activities, including colleagues in other regions and research science staff

Keep up to date with the latest developments in environmental sustainability and share learning and expertise with the wider organisation

Be a spokesperson for Earthwatch on key environmental themes in online media, print and in person, where required

Undertake any other duties which may be reasonably required in the position and contribute to wider activity and the overall success of the organisation

Person Specification:

  • Excellent understanding of environmental sustainability issues and principles, particularly climate change, urbanisation and freshwater
  • Ability to explain complex information in accessible and inspiring ways for diverse audiences
  • Passion for the natural world and good understanding of theories of environmental sensitivity
  • Understanding of and interest in business sustainability; ability to credibly apply knowledge to this context
  • High emotional intelligence with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative approach to working with colleagues in other departments and from partner organisations – promoting discussion, dialogue and cooperation.
  • Strong leadership skills - ability to manage groups in outdoor environments, ensuring safety and welfare
  • Interest in science and scientific research and a willingness to get involved and support smooth running of field work
  • Ability to work alone to digest and distil complex scientific and environmental information
  • Experience of designing lectures, workshops and outdoor sessions for adults
  • Willingness to undertake significant business travel, up to 30%
  • Willingness to work unsociable hours as required
  • Commitment to Earthwatch’s mission and values


  • Relevant postgraduate qualification
  • Good understanding of learning principles, group dynamics, learning styles, environmental education theory and facilitation techniques

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