Project Researcher

Carbon Copy

£30,000 - £32,000 pa pro-rata

Paid • Full or Part Time • Temporary [email protected]

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Wednesday, 10th February 2021  

Job Purpose:

Working for a rapidly growing charity, Carbon Copy, you will be responsible for identifying high-impact, low-carbon initiatives currently implemented locally by a wide range of organisations across the UK and publishing them on Carbon Copy’s online hub. You will also help build relationships with the local project leaders you have identified so that we continue to add value to the pioneering work they are doing.

This is a new role that would suit someone with a passion for addressing the current environment and climate emergency; an aptitude for research and creative ways of discovering grassroots initiatives; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; an eye for good stories and flair for writing them.

Working closely with the charity trustees and Communications team, this role will add to the existing momentum behind local climate action by shining a light on myriad, diverse low-carbon initiatives that others can copy and adapt. This is a dynamic role and the person needs to be flexible and comfortable working with an agile team and in a changing environment.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Identify great examples of different, low-carbon initiatives from all over the UK and across six different action areas based on desktop research (local press, social media, etc).
  • Seek out the people working on these projects to interview, encouraging them to publish their projects directly and/or assisting in writing up their projects if needed.
  • Work with the Communications team in building relationships with individual project leaders, so that the Communications team can showcase and promote their project work in different ways.
  • Publish one new project daily (this target is an average).

Project Research Areas:

  • Energy – solar PV, wind power, wave power, biomass, geothermal heat and electricity, hydrogen power, energy storage systems, electricity micro-grids, community power generation and more…
  • Sustainable Buildings and the Built Environment – energy efficiency policies and tools, passive solar design and ventilation buildings, district heating system, sustainable design and construction, compact development, sustainable design and construction, and more…
  • Circular Economies – renewable, recyclable or biodegradable inputs for production; recovering resources and materials from end-of-life products; extending product lifecycles by reusing, repairing and reselling; sharing platforms for collective usage; product-as-a-service models, and more…
  • Transport – more options, better access and expanded infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, mass transit infrastructure, ultra-low emission zones, electric vehicles, priority lanes, charging points and more...
  • Nature-Based Solutions – wildlife corridors, green/brown roofs and walls, urban landscaping, expansive tree planting, urban agriculture and farming, water stewardship, grey water systems, sustainable drainage systems, reimagined urban ecosystems and more…
  • Land Use – Improved public land use planning and regulation, green belt protection, reduced dependence on pesticides, more sustainable livestock farming, organic and no till farming, afforestation, conservation, food security, carbon sequestration and more…

Ideal Candidate:

You will have significant experience working in a research, communications or community affairs role, preferably in an eco-focused organisation or agency, and be proficient in hands-on implementation.

  • Possess excellent research skills and working with multiple online sources to identify grassroots and emerging projects with high potential and relevance to diverse audience.
  • Able to engage with people from different organisations involved in environmental and climate action, building and maintaining good relationships.
  • Adept at interviewing people (informally, mainly online or over the phone), regarding project experiences and learnings from their low-carbon initiatives.
  • Good writing ability, turning conversations and research findings into interesting and insightful project profiles.
  • Comfortable working autonomously and proactively identifying new project leads.

We are fully committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities.

Start Date: Immediate

Days: Flexible working arrangement, 3 to 5 days per week.

Remuneration: £30,000 - £32,000 pa, pro-rata

Hours: From Monday to Friday, between 9.00 and 17.00

Job Type: Contract

Duration: Trial 4-week period. Initial 3-month temporary consulting contract with option to renew for up to 6 months.

Place Of Work: Under the current lockdown situation and covid-19 restrictions, all work is from home. This will be re-evaluated in line with government guidelines. Team meetings via Zoom video. In future, pending restrictions, face-to-face team meetings may take place primarily in London, Windsor or Bath/Bristol areas.

The individual needs to have his/her own computer equipment, fast internet connection and software capable of running Zoom. An email address and other potential online tools specific to Carbon Copy will be provided.

About Carbon Copy:

Carbon Copy was established as a charity in 2020 with the purpose of accelerating a carbon zero future through collective local action. Responding to the growing momentum behind hundreds of local authorities in the UK declaring a climate emergency, we inspire and empower more people to take local climate action through real-world insights and practical examples.

We convene local councils, community groups and other organisations – digitally, online and virtually. People can more readily replicate what’s working by discovering and sharing emerging and proven low-carbon initiatives, and through interaction with like-minded people working on similar projects.

Communities and local authorities are working at different speeds; this joined up approach to local climate action helps transfer knowledge and experience rapidly between different groups. We take a unique approach to accelerating climate action that combines a holistic approach and place-based focus with distributive leadership and radical collaboration. The spark comes from the stories that people share on Carbon Copy and how they are repeated by others elsewhere.

Carbon Copy is the working name of Carbon Copy Network, a registered charity in England and Wales (1187420).

Contact Us:

Please apply via this job posting with CV and cover letter at your earliest convenience. We reserve the right to remove this job posting before the closing date when we have received sufficient interest.

Please do not make unsolicited approaches to Carbon Copy trustees or members of staff on social media etc, as we are unable to respond directly.

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