Climate Change Officer

Publica Group Ltd / West Oxfordshire District Council

Are you passionate about addressing climate change?

This is an exceptional opportunity to join us as a Climate Change Officer, playing a pivotal
role in accelerating carbon reduction, carbon sequestration and climate adaptation in West
Oxfordshire. The clock is ticking on tackling climate change. Now is the time for action. We
are looking for an enthusiastic and highly competent officer to spearhead carbon reduction in
the ‘race to net zero’ using an innovative and ‘solutions focused’ approach. 

The role offers the flexibility of working from the offices in Witney and from home, allowing
you to choose the best option for your work life balance. 

Can you fast-track climate action?

Our Climate Change and Nature Recovery team is fundamental to the success of the Council’s
ambition for a sustainable future, and we are committed to facilitating climate and nature
action across West Oxfordshire and beyond. From hyper local energy planning to district-wide
net zero policies, countywide nature-based carbon sequestration and national lobbying, our
focus is to address climate change at every level, supporting our communities to become climate
resilient and enabling future generations to thrive.

Now is a fantastic time to be joining us. As a Climate Change Officer, you will be an integral
member of the team delivering the Council’s climate priorities within a changing local and
national backdrop, driving forward climate-related initiatives to reduce the Council’s carbon
footprint as well as facilitating carbon reduction, carbon sequestration and climate resilience
across the district.

In leading on challenging climate and environmental workstreams, across scopes and sectors, you
will need to have the technical expertise, initiative, and ability to develop innovative
climate solutions that work both operationally and financially. You will also require strong
interpersonal skills, collaborating with different partners and stakeholders on a wide range of
cutting-edge projects, including local area energy planning, building decarbonisation/retrofit,
EV hubs and fleet transition, carbon insetting/offsetting, and climate adaptation.

You will need

  • A qualification in a climate/environment/energy related subject, equivalent to a degree or
    relevant experience of at least five years
  • Experience of problem-solving and developing innovative solutions
  • Experience of working individually and proactively 
  • Experience of working flexibly in a team and collaborating with others 
  • Experience of being involved in continuously improving services 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – ability to communicate ideas both
    clearly and confidently
  • Excellent time management

Special Conditions 

  •  Full UK Driving License and ability to travel/ access to a vehicle for work purposes 

Interview date: 2nd or 5 July 2024

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/ Person Specification.

What can we do for you

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 27 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an
    extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Renewed again for another year there is a Health cash plan giving you cash back on health,
    dental and eye care 
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice
    and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with significant tax and NI savings to be made on
    electric cars
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five
    years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary
  • These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!

To apply for this position please click on “apply now” on our website and submit your CV and
supporting statement. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience
and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification.
It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and
why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd..

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in
addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled
applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies – Please state this within your
covering statement or in a separate email. 

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people
and children. Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be
required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references; proof of
identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if
applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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