Volunteer Professional Advisors - Building Services, Sustainability and the Environment

The Church of England

Remote with occasional site visits

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 18th July 2022  

Are you a low carbon, sustainability, or building-services professional, willing to volunteer to help the Church of England with the challenge of Net Zero Carbon? Or an ecologist, able to input on the management of our precious churchyard habitats?

In the face of the twin crises for climate and nature, the environment is a growing area of focus for the Church of England. We have a commitment to net-zero carbon by 2030. Our ability to rise to this challenging target relies partly on a network of volunteer advisors around the country, supporting the work of our Diocesan Advisory Committees.


We are looking for a wide range of Volunteer Advisors, inputting in their own specialist areas. You might know about low-carbon heating, energy efficient lighting, solar panels, electrical systems, insulating historic buildings, EV car charging, bats, trees, or more! There are a whole range of skills we need, so please do register your interest, so we can hear what you have to offer.

If successful at interview, we will share your CV and expression of interest with the Diocesan Advisory Committee(s) (DACs) near to where you live.

This is a rewarding role, making a real difference to the work of the Church of England locally to you, whilst helping the environment.

To be considered, please register your interest by midnight Monday 18th July. 

Appointment to a DAC may well entail around 6-10 daytime meetings per year, plus time spent reading and commenting on applications from churches, with some site visits where you interact with the parish. Expenses are paid.

To understand more about how the DAC works, read here. To read about our Environment Programme, read here

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a wide range of volunteer advisors around the country, inputting in your own specialist areas.

The kind of areas you may be able to advise on are:

  • building services such as heating, solar power and other renewables, lighting, electrics, audio-visual equipment, and EV car charging.
  • the performance and conservation of historic fabric, such as use of traditional materials, insulation, glazing, etc.
  • the reordering of church buildings to enable comfort and continued use.
  • relevant areas of ecology and biodiversity, such as trees and bats.
  • climate resilience and adaptation measures.
  • You will have a relevant professional qualification and/or several years of experience working in your field.
  • You will ideally have some experience of church and cathedral buildings, or other heritage / listed buildings.
  • You will have sufficient time to commit to this voluntary role.

If it’s not the right moment for you to apply yourself, please do help us by sharing this advert in your professional networks.

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