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Climate Emergency Graduate Officer

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   CSR & Sustainability
Location   England (London & Greater)
Salary   £28,752 - £29,796 per annum
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   First Level
Deadline   02/10/2020
Company Name   Hammersmith and Fulham Council
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Hammersmith and Fulham Council declared a climate and ecological emergency in summer 2019 and have set an ambitious net zero carbon emissions by 2030 target. The Council aims to be a leader amongst local authorities on environmental issues and the newly formed Climate and Ecological Emergency Unit is responsible for developing and delivering the Council’s response to the climate and ecological emergency.


This role within the Council’s Climate Emergency Unit is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate to get involved in delivering an ambitious programme of work. You’ll help embed sustainable thinking across the Council, helping departments make a real impact on their emissions. You’ll help to design and implement solutions to the climate emergency, working with colleagues in the Unit and across the Council. In return, you’ll develop experience, knowledge and skills in climate change, air quality and local government. You’ll need to be educated to degree-level in a relevant subject, have a passion for environmental issues and have good knowledge and understanding of sustainability, air quality and climate change. You’ll need to have the ability to apply principles in a practical setting, have good quantitative skills including data analysis and be a fast-learner with a willingness to continually develop.


The Climate Emergency Community Engagement Lead will develop the Council’s strategies, policies and actions for renewable and sustainable energy and fuel poverty to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and help to achieve the Council’s net zero carbon emissions for the borough by 2030. The postholder will help deliver, as part of the Climate Emergency Unit, decarbonisation of the borough’s homes, Council assets and organisations including businesses, schools and third sector.


Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Role Responsibilities:
  • Provide high-quality advice and support to councillors and officers on climate change.
  • Support the development of policies, strategies and workstreams to ensure H&F achieves its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders, acting as a catalyst for change.
  • Provide or commission advice and expertise to develop and implement climate change initiatives.
  • Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Unit, the resident-led commission on the climate and ecological emergency and other stakeholders in implementing plans.
  • Keep up to date on best practice, developments and trends in climate change.
  • Develop plans, policies and workstreams to deliver the Climate Emergency Strategy.
  • Ensure delivery of the Climate Change strategy through development of H&F’s climate and ecological emergency programme, and through project management.
  • As required, lead on or support forums and engagement with the wider borough on climate change, to support H&F’s borough-wide net zero carbon target, such as resident-led commissions and business forums.
  • As needed, represent the Council on external business related to climate change, including with other boroughs, regional bodies and partner organisations.
  • Ensure senior officers and Members are appropriately informed of developments around the programme.

For more information about this role, please click on Job Description here

People Values:

How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.


We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.


We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.


We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.


We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience.  We are looking for people who have the following attributes:


Complex problem-solving

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 


Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking.  You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.  



You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations.  You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.  


People management

You can get the best out of people.  You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development.  You are clear in your expectations and have exception feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.  


Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others.  You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others.  You will also can recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.  


Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics.  You can recognise motiving factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 


Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions.  Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.  



You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners.  This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.  


Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery.  Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives.  You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.  


Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach.  Applying cognitive flexibility to situation of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications and Experience:
  • Educated to degree-level or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Experience of developing policy, strategy and initiatives to support an organisation’s priorities and objectives.
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of relevant regulations, policies and emerging issues, at a national and regional level.
  • Good understanding of the climate change agenda and policy landscape.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships within your organisation and with external partners.
  • Experience of coordinating a range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior decision-makers and members, to drive priority projects.
  • Knowledge of working with and analysing complex and varied data.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to prepare high quality reports and information for stakeholders.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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