Graduate Environment Project Officer
The WMCA Environment Team is an exciting place to work. Leading on the WM2041 climate change strategy, as well as wider natural capital and circular economy projects. The aim of the team is to create better places for the people and the communities in the West Midlands to live and work whilst reducing our impact on the planet. The Environment Team forms part of the WMCA’s Public Service Reform Directorate, which has a vision to create a fairer, greener and healthier West Midlands.
We are a relatively new, but growing, team and we are now looking to recruit a motivated graduate with a passion for the environment to support a diverse programme of environmental activity. The role offers the opportunity to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment, allowing you to learn new skills and knowledge, as you begin a career in environment and climate change.
As our Graduate Environment Project Officer, you will support on the delivery and development of projects, working with other parts of the WMCA and a wide range of regional stakeholders. You will lead on the delivery of the WMCA’s internal carbon literacy programme, as well as other projects as the programme develops, and research policy issues and funding opportunities.
This role is being offered on a two-year fixed term contract.
We’re looking for someone who wants to make a real difference to our region and our planet, and who wants to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. You’ll have a passion for the environment with a drive to progressing projects and making things happen. With a minimum degree level qualification in a relevant environment-related subject, we’d like you to have some knowledge of the international, national, regional and local policy context for environment and climate change.
You’ll be producing briefing notes for senior officers and politicians relating to the Environment Team's work, and so you’ll need to be able to communicate effectively in writing and through presentations to others. You will also need good analytical skills, be able to review data and other information and have the ability to pick up and process new information and learn new skills.
About the team
In June 2019, the WMCA declared a climate emergency and set a 2041 zero carbon target. In March 2021, we had published our first Five Year Plan setting out our priorities for decarbonising the region. The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Environment Team, which forms part of the Public Service Reform Directorate, is leading the delivery of the directorate’s work on environment and climate change with the aim to create a fairer, greener and healthier West Midlands.
As part of this, we have a vision to create circular economy opportunities for the West Midlands The aim is to support sustainable growth in the region’s businesses through new circular business models, as well as to provide opportunities for the social economy and the region’s communities.
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
As an employer we fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us. We are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As the WMCA is undergoing a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.
If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
Throughout lockdown, most of us have been working remotely and as we begin to look forward to leading a more normal life, we’re planning a new approach to the way we use our office space. We want to develop a flexible approach to the workplace which retains some of the benefits of working from home. This hybrid approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time, blending the best of home and office working.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.