Local Group Coordinator

Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth

Brighton and Hove

Volunteer • Part Time

bhfoe.org tom.wright@foe.co.uk Tom Wright

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 8th July 2019  

Do you live in Brighton and Hove? Are you passionate about environmental issues and do you like to work closely with a team of like-minded people? Are you looking for a challenging, interesting and fun voluntary role and do you have some spare time each week? Then you’re just what we’re looking for!

Use and develop your people, teamwork and leadership skills …and help us fight against climate change and environmental injustice. Join the Coordination team of Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth.

Who are we?

We’re a group of volunteers from across Brighton and Hove, working to improve the environment of our vibrant city.

We take action on a range of issues and work with other environmental and social action groups in the Greater Brighton area. Over the year’s we’ve campaigned on a diverse range of issues – from the Newhaven incinerator and the South Downs National Park to air pollution, planning, bees, recycling, plastics and climate change.

Who are we looking for?

We get involved in lots of different things – from holding stalls at local festivals and events, to giving talks to local schools or community groups and meeting with MPs and councillors. We have a website, a growing email list and various social media accounts.

To support our activity we’re looking for a small team of 2-3 Coordinators to keep our campaigns running smoothly. We have a treasurer and a social media officer, but we need a Coordination team team to help keep us on track with our regular meetings and annual goals.

You’ll receive ongoing advice, training and support from members of the group and staff at national Friends of the Earth. Please note that you will need to live in or near Brighton and Hove.

Key responsibilities for the Coordination team:

  • Organising and attending monthly meetings
  • Promoting communication and planning, and helping to create a group environment that is inclusive and rewarding.
  • Welcoming new members to the group and making sure the group’s interests are reflected in campaigning activities
  • Keeping the group updated with key activities and actions.
  • Acting as a contact for the group with Friends of the Earth HQ.
  • Ensuring the group has goals and stays focused on them.
  • Supporting other members of the group in their roles.
  • Assisting the group in developing campaigns – both national and local.

Key skills or requirements:

  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Good at delegating
  • Friendly, open and approachable
  • Good at communicating (phone, in person, by letter or email)
  • IT literate to a basic level – using internet, email, word processing
  • Supportive of the Friends of the Earth agenda, and generally aware and concerned about environmental issues
  • An ability to dedicate time on some evenings and weekends

Why get involved?

This is a challenging, interesting and fun role; which should take approximately four hours per week (unpaid) and will make a massive difference to our ability to campaign effectively for the environment in and around our city.

We don’t expect you to know everything from the start and support will be available to help you find your feet. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and skills, meet like-minded people, and learn more about environmental issues.

It is an unpaid post, but agreed expenses relating to work for the group will be refunded.

This job is suitable for a recent graduate.

Application process

Please send us a copy of your CV and/or covering letter (no more than 500 words) detailing why you're interested in the role. We will invite all applicants for an informal interview in mid July, date to be confirmed. 

Please mention environmentjob.co.uk when responding to this ad.