VACANCY: Environmental Engagement Co-ordinator

VACANCY: Environmental Engagement Co-ordinator

 Wed, December 13, 2017

Are you passionate about engaging communities in environmental projects? Do you have experience of project managing community lead wildlife/ conservation/ food growing/ landscape projects? Would you like to work for a thriving community association in the heart of Camden Town?

Job Title: Environmental Engagement Co-ordinator

Location: Castlehaven Community Centre, Camden Town, London.

Hours: 21 Hours per week

Salary: £27,476 (NJC Scp 27 - Pro-rate £16,484 per annum)

Annual Leave: 5 weeks per annum (including 1 week over Christmas)

Staff benefits: (Dependant on your contract of employment criteria).

  • A Staff Automatic Enrolment Pension.
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme.
  • Annual Public Transport Travel Card Scheme.
  • Bicycle Purchase Scheme.
  • Private Healthcare Scheme.
  • Regular Team Building Activities and Socials.

Reporting to: Operations Manager

Main Purpose of Job: 

  • To deliver wide-scale community engagement in the local environment and in environmental issues in line with targets set out in the new Greengage project.
  • To oversee planning, delivery, monitoring and reporting for the new Greengage project.
  • To engage numerous communities and individuals in the Community Park & Horticulture Hub at Castlehaven Community Association.
  • To devise and project manage an exciting and engaging projects & events programme for the local community to get involved in and learn from.
  • To raise the community park and hub’s profile, so that they become a destination for numerous communities and individuals to use, get involved in and ultimately own. 



  • Work with the Senior Management Team and our Site Committee to develop, implement and deliver a number of community-led environmental projects and events designed to engage the local community in our community park and Horticulture Hub. 
  • To project manage and deliver our new ‘Greenhaven’ wildlife area involving local community and groups.
  • To manage the Horticultural Hub, that includes activities in plant propagation, organic & ethnic food growing and using etc whilst promoting it as an environmental resource centre for volunteer training/workshops, info-sharing & meetings.
  • To ensure a wide diversity of Greengage beneficiaries, especially those who are disadvantaged.
  • To monitor the project’s impact on its stated outcomes by designing and delivering audits and surveys to record baseline, interim and final  attitudes and environmental conditions (eg air quality, biodiversity)
  • To design and deploy a means of recording the numbers and profile of those successfully engaged.
  • To work with the Community Gardener to create Greengage volunteer roles.
  • To manage volunteers taking part in Greengage projects, including groups of vulnerable adults, children and young people, community groups.
  • To work with the CCA Community Gardener and volunteers to offer all Greengagers a menu of practical tasks and schemes they can choose from.
  • To promote involvement in and ownership of the local environment by setting up and supporting a Greengage steering group & ensuring that all Greengagers are invited to contribute to and consulted in plans and policies, surveys, meetings and local media.
  • To ensure all Greengagers understand the environmental value of their actions.
  • To work with CCA staff and Greengage volunteers to provide for the long-term sustainability of the Greengage project.
  • To set up and maintain data collection systems for all volunteers, users and key Greengage activities so that they can be monitored and reviewed regularly in accordance with milestones set out in the project delivery plan.
  • To assist in organising and delivering a full project evaluation in Year 3, to record final Greengage project impact.
  • To work with the CCA Social Media and Marketing co-ordinator to ensure that Greengage is widely publicised through social media and all other promotional marketing vehicles - online and/or printed ephemera. 
  • Raise the profile of the Greengage projects internally and externally.
  • To set up and maintain all administrative systems for Greengage by creating a database for collecting data, spreadsheets for finance (in conjunction with CCA’s Finance Director) and files for creating & storing reports and correspondence.
  • Work with the Castlehaven CEO and fundraiser and where necessary identify and apply for external funding for projects.
  • To report regularly for supervision with the Operations Manager and to prepare reports for both CCA’s Board of Trustees and for funders (Groundwork London).
  • To supervise key volunteers and work closely with the Community Gardener to create a harmonious team.
  • Effectively manage a varied workload, ensuring all Greengage projects are well planned, remain within budget, outputs are achieved and milestones met, through efficient project management.
  • Work closely with the Community Gardener to identify layout/ design changes to park/ areas of improvement.
  • Improving our standards of basic horticultural practice across the site with a view to developing wildlife-friendly horticultural practices wherever possible.
  • To work on Saturdays.
  • To participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • Conducting and reviewing risk assessments as required.


  • To work closely with the Community Gardener, in the undertaking of outside duties, for example, grounds and garden maintenance, general tidying, leaf & snow clearance etc, as and when necessary.
  • To allow access to authorised maintenance or building contractors and ensure they are aware of any potential hazards connected with their presence on the site, having regard to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • To carry out other duties that may be required as part of a successful programme delivery.


Our organisation is fully committed to the active promotion of equal opportunities & diversity as an employer and in the provision of all its services.  It is the responsibility of every member of staff to ensure the practical application of this policy. This policy needs to be fully applied to all activities and that the take up of the scheme is closely monitored to check that activities remain accessible to and accessed by all.


To fulfil Health & Safety responsibilities by adhering to the requirements of Castlehaven Community Association’s Health & Safety policy & Health & Safety management plans.



An enhanced Data & Barring Service Check (DBS) clearance is an essential requirement.



  • Experience of working in, developing and delivering community projects that have environmental development themes, such as food growing, urban wildlife gardening.
  • Two years relevant experience of successful project management and event planning from idea, through implementation to completion.
  • Horticultural experience with knowledge of plants, tools, horticultural processes and plant identification skills.
  • An understanding of how to promote projects/programmes and evidence of working with print and online social media.
  • Experience of working with and supervising volunteers.
  • An understanding of how community-based organisation work and previous experience of working for, or participating in, a community-based organisation.
  • Experience of working with disadvantaged groups/individuals and or/ children.
  • Experience of managing budgets, fundraising applications and delivering projects on time and to budget.


  • Genuinely excited and passionate about working with communities around food growing, gardening for wildlife and all related environmental issues and keen to communicate this enthusiasm to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Have strong project management skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office - Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Good interpersonal and written / verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and to an agreed action plan.
  • Ability to manage and plan your own workload.
  • Proactive and self-motivated.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • Reliable and organised.
  • Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Ability and willingness to engage in teamwork with staff at all levels.
  • Willing to work flexible hours and on Saturdays.
  • Ability to respond calmly to emergencies.
  • Working knowledge of health and safety procedures and regulations, eg COSHH.
  • Willingness to further your own skills through professional development and training.
  • To be willing to work outside in all weathers.
  • Able to attend evening meetings.
  • Ability to perform physical tasks required by the post, including digging, lifting and carrying.
  • Qualified First Aider or willing to acquire this qualification.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

How to apply for this position:

Please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting your experience and skills relevant to this position; please use the person specification as a guideline.

Closing Date for Applications: 5 pm on Sunday 4th February 2018.

If you have been shortlisted our Interviews will take place: Mid-February 2018

If you haven’t been shortlisted for an interview you will not hear further from us. 

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