With the intensifying climate crisis and lacklustre international agreements and national government responses, Local Authorities are ideally placed to be leaders in responding to the climate emergency. Climate Emergency UK exists to support local authorities to do this by providing accessible information about best practice and providing a network where local authorities, activists, NGOs, business and local communities can work together. This role is to help build and maintain our databases, support our seminars, develop a metric for analysing climate action plans and help promote Climate Emergency UK.
Who we are looking for
Climate Emergency UK is looking for a self-motivated candidate who is ideally early-career or looking to change job fields. You could also be in your final year of a Bachelors degree, doing your Masters, or be a recent graduate. Any past experience is welcome; however, it is desirable that you have an interest in climate change & biodiversity and in local authority policy. You will need to have an understanding of or willingness to learn how to use Zoom and Google Docs. This post is flexible and can also be built around your existing skill set, and can be based anywhere in the UK.
Working with Climate Emergency UK
Climate Emergency UK’s focus is currently on creating a database of UK Local Authority climate & ecological emergency declarations and action plans in collaboration with MySociety, to help interested parties quickly identify best practice. We are also bringing together resources local authorities can use to deliver on their commitments, including a checklist of what makes a good action plan.
Creating a UK wide movement requires strong networks. We support this by holding seminars and Conferences that connect people and organisations interested in local authority climate emergency response.
We work with Councillors and officers across the political spectrum, as well as individual activists, XR and NGO’s including Friends of the Earth, Centre for Alternative Technology, Ashden, My Society. We liaise closely with Cedamia who started the global climate emergency declaration movement in Australia.
Working Patterns and hours
You will need to be available to help with Monday seminars from 12pm-3pm and additional calls with collaborators throughout the week generally totalling 2 hours per week. We are flexible when other hours are done.
Hours: 15-20 per week approx. for 6 months.
Compensation is on a freelance basis with a rate of £10/hour
You will managed & mentored by Cllr Kevin Frea, founder director of Climate Emergency UK
Past interns have gone on to work in climate and community-focused roles including as a Climate Change Policy officer with a Local Authority (having had no previous local authority or policy experience).
For more information and to submit an application
For more information or to have an informal conversation about this role contact:
Councillor Kevin Frea email@example.com +44 7716 246672
To apply for this post, send a CV and cover letter to: Councillor Kevin Frea, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 22nd January 2021.