We are looking for two students to help us run environmental sustainability events and campaigns, as part of our Go Green project. This is an exciting paid opportunity to help educate and engage students on climate change, low carbon travel issues, and waste reduction.

Hours per week: 8 (hours will fit around your timetable - preferably split over multiple working days)

Pay: Approx £10 per hour

Contract length: Term time (13 weeks)

Location of work: Online (with potential for on-campus activities in line with government guidance)

Closing Date for applications: 12pm, Monday 18th January 2021

Interview date: Friday 22nd January 2021 (online)

Start date: Week beginning 1st February 2021

Role Description:

We are looking to recruit two Sustainability Assistants, to help support the Go Green project being led by ECSA in partnership with Edinburgh College's Sustainability Team. Only current Edinburgh College students are eligible to apply for this role.

You will be supported by ECSA's full-time staff and elected officers, with your main point of contact being the Sustainability Officers. They will be responsible for ensuring you are sufficiently trained and supported, so that you can achieve individual and group goals within the project.

This role will involve engaging with students across the college on issues of sustainable transport, waste reduction, and climate chage. The two roles will focus on different areas within the project: 

Admin & Engagement 

  • Supporting the Go Green Team with administrative work, such as admin work for our New Year Pledges 
  • Completing research projects to improve student engagement in waste elements of the project 

Research & Communications 

  • Completing research to support the development of online sustainability focused training 
  • Creating digital content, specifically videos, to promote more sustainable food habits amongst students

As such, the ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and the interpersonal skills required for working in a people-facing role, as well as an ability to work efficiently through online systems. The role will be carried out online by working from home, so the sucessful applicant will require access to IT equipment that they can confidently use. Knowledge and awareness of environmental issues is also highly desireable.

Successful candidates will work with the Sustainability Officers to build a weekly work schedule that fits around their classes. The virtual office opening hours are between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, and successful candidates would be expected to commit to doing their hours within these times.

This role can provide you with good experience and skills that you could benefit you in future job applications.

Supporting Information:

Edinburgh College Students' Association is running a two year project to help students travel more sustainably, reduce their waste, and to raise awareness of climate change at the college. This project has been funded by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). The project has the following aims to work towards:

  • Aim to support 1500 students to increase their awareness and understanding of climate change
  • Encourage at least 260 students to switch to more sustainable travel methods
  • Reduce food waste from local businesses by setting up community fridges on our campuses
  • Reduce textile waste by setting up Swap Shops on our campuses where students can exchange clothes, books and small household items

This position is funded through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Applying for the position:

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In your application, please specify which role you are interested in - Admin & Engagement or Research & Communications.