Sustainability Project Support Officer - Circular Economy

Employer: University of Bristol (UoB) - Sustainability

Position title:

Sustainability Project Support Officer – Circular Economy



Application close:


Contract Type

Contract Hours
Part Time (10-15 hours per week)

Remuneration/ Pay rate:
£17,5000 per annum PTE

Remuneration/ Pay rate:
£17,5000 per annum PTE


Bristol, based at 1-9 Old Park Hill with remote working.

Background Information:

The University has targets to improve sustainability in several areas. The focus of this role will be on Circular Economy (reduction of waste, reuse and recycling), sustainable food and Fair Trade. If you are keen to drive forward sustainability at UoB and work on meaningful projects such as mapping and reducing single use plastic, food waste, and a circular approach to consumerism this may be the role for you. 

Role and Responsibilities:

As a Sustainability Project Support Officer – Circular Economy, in theSustainability team at UoB, you will have the opportunity to gain and improve skills and gain hands on experience in project management, event organisation and collaborative working with a range of key stakeholders. You will be working on programme development, networking, communications, marketing, and development of evaluative and educational materials under the direction of the Sustainability Manager for Circular Economy Manager and EMS.

Some typical tasks include:

  • Carry out research on effective waste reduction and recycling campaigns using examples from peer groups and other organisations.
  • Propose and develop campaigns and events with support from external bodies where relevant.
  • Run campaigns and competitions for students, potentially recruiting student volunteers to help deliver these campaigns and events.
  • Support student volunteers in running their own events related to sustainable waste management.
  • Work alongside UWE and the British Hart Foundation to support and deliver the Bristol Big Give 2021-2022.
  • Report to the Sustainability Manager on projects and events.
  • Work closely with student societies to promote projects and events.
  • Oversee ad-hoc tasks and opportunities which may arise throughout the internship in relation to sustainable waste management projects, including carrying out waste audits and reports.
  • Help to improve and influence UoB policies (e.g., Fairtrade and Sustainable food policy)
  • Work towards enhancing the university’s Fairtrade accreditation and other accreditation and award applications such as Soil Association or Zero Waste
  • Manage social media and website updates, record digital content for communication such as videos / vlogs
  • Carry out training for key student groups and societies

This work will typically take 10-15 hours per week, with out of hours working to represent the team at events. The working days are flexible and can be discussed with the line manager to best accommodate the role holder. This role is based in the Sustainability office at 1-9 Old Park Hill with a remote element.

About You:
We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a keen interest for environmental sustainability, sustainable resource management, reuse and recycling. 

Experience in the following areas is desired:

Essential criteria:  

• Passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship.  
• Organising engaging events to increase awareness around a project or issue, including working with volunteers. 
• Project management, with an ability to organise and prioritise certain tasks and meet short and long-term deadlines.  
• Communicating with a diverse audience – in person, on the telephone and via email. 
• Strong communications and campaign management skills. 
• Experience in managing social media, newsletters, blogs ideally in a sustainability-related field 
• Ability to work on your own initiative and manage time effectively, while maintaining a strong line of communication with your manager and the wider team. 
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel, and familiarity with University of Bristol’s online presence and branding. 
• Research and report writing skills  
• Willingness to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities. 

Desirable criteria:  

• MSc students preferred. 
• Familiarity with the work of Sustainability and of the University. 
• Experience in a leadership role. 
• Be able to work throughout the summer break. The candidates will ideally work until the end of October 2022.  

About Us:  

Sustainability is part of everything we do: our research, our curricula, our buildings, and the student experience. The University has a long history of sustainability action, winning numerous awards for its work. Bristol was the first UK city with European Green Capital status in 2015 and our community played a significant role in helping the city deliver this. Sustainability is still one of the central strands shaping the University's vision of the future. Bristol University was also the first university in the world to announce a Climate Emergency. 
During your time with us there will be countless ways in which you can help us reduce our negative environmental impact - whilst meeting new people, increasing your employability, and furthering your understanding of today’s most pressing issues. 
For more information visit: 
University Vision and Strategy:

Interviews and start date  

Interviews 18-10-2020

Proposed start date 25-10-2021

Hours of work 

The position is for 10-15 hours per week. The work pattern is flexible within each week and the hours can be split over more than two days to fit in with your studies. This can be discussed at interview. 

Post duration 

The post is for a fixed term period of one year. 

Position supervisor 

Rose Rooney, Sustainability Manager (Circular Economy and EMS)

Location, including any relevant travel information 

The candidate will be based at 1-9 Old Park Hill; however, the role will be remote for the majority of the time.   


£17,500 per FTE (this role is between 10-15 hours of a Full Time Equivalent FTE)

To apply 

  • Please send a CV and cover letter describing your interest and experience by email to
  • Your CV and cover letter should clearly state your full name as the document name
  • The deadline for applications is midnight on 12-10-2021.  
  • Due to the volume of applications, we cannot provide feedback on each application so unfortunately if you don’t hear from us by the 14-10-2021 you have not been successful at securing an interview.
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