Parkfield, Western Park, Leicester LE3 6HX
Tel: 0116 2220222 Fax: 0116 2552343 Web: www.groundwork.org.uk/leics
Re: Environmental Education Officer
Thank you for your interest in the above post. With this letter I am pleased to
enclose details about the vacancy and how to apply for it. The following items are
Background Information about the post Environmental Education Officer at Groundwork
Leicester & Leicestershire (GWLL)
A Job Description, outlining the job purpose and principal responsibilities
A Person Specification, stating the essential and desirable skills required for the job
Terms and Conditions of working at GWLL
Background information about GWLL and Leicester
An Application Form
An Equal Opportunities monitoring form.
Further information is available on the GWLL website: www.groundwork.org.uk/leics
How to apply:
If you would like to apply for this position, your application must reach us no later than 12
noon on 9th October 2010. Short-listed candidates will be notified by the close of business
10th October 2010 as far as possible. If we have not contacted you within a week of the
deadline, you should assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. Interviews are
planned for the 14th October 2010, at our Head Office, Parkfield, Western Park.
Your application should consist of:
A completed Application Form (A CV will not be accepted in place of the application form,
however, you may submit a CV in addition to the form if you feel it provides relevant
The Application Form can also be emailed to you.
Your application should highlight the following:
Relevant experience compared to the essential and desirable requirements of
the job description
Your skills and experience relevant to the job you are applying for
Any particular IT competencies
Any involvement in voluntary or community activity
Any communications skills
Your interest in the environment – if any, including membership of any
Two referees should be named with their approval, one of whom will normally be
your present or most recent employer. It is our normal practice to take up
references only for the preferred candidate after the interviews have taken place.
Please also include telephone numbers where we can contact you, both during and
outside office hours.
Please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire
Leicester LE3 6HX
Should you have any queries, you can call me on 0116 222 0222 during office
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in GWLL and the position of
Environmental Education Officer and finally, to wish you luck if you submit an
Education Team Manager
About the post of Environmental Education Officer
One World Schools
Groundwork as a federation promotes education for sustainable development
through ‘One World Schools’, which links closely to key objectives within the
governments own sustainable development strategy. Our work delivers the aims of
Every Child Matters, encouraging pupils to actively engage in decisions that affect
them and make a positive contribution to the world around them. Focusing on our
responsibilities to one another as well as the environment encapsulates our
approach. We work with children in and out of school to illustrate how our individual
actions can make a difference to both our immediate surroundings and the global
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) set out a raft of
expectations for schools to boost their sustainable development within the National
Framework for Sustainable Schools. Although this framework has recently been’set
aside’ by the current government, Ofsted remains clear on the importance of
incorporating sustainable development within its assessment process.
Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire has worked with schools for the past
25 years, offering a wide range of environmentally focused, curriculum linked and
alternative provision activities.
We pride ourselves in our ability to link to and support the objectives of sustainable
development, including the aims previously set out in the National framework for
Sustainable Schools. Our programmes continue to encompass the eight ‘doorways’
through which schools may choose to initiate or extend their sustainable school
activity, such as food, energy, travel, waste, school grounds development, inclusion
/participation and local well-being.
We have strong partnerships with both Leicester City and County Councils,
one of our key programmes being a pioneering Eco Management Audit
Scheme (EMAS) in City schools.
EMAS in schools:
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a way of working which leads
to environmental accreditation, and is run by Groundwork Leicester and
Leicestershire in partnership with Leicester City Council. Working towards it gives
Leicester City schools the opportunity to significantly reduce their environmental
impact and influence behavioral change with future generations.
Through EMAS, schools can address wider sustainability issues as well as a
number of national initiatives such as the Learning Outside of the Classroom
Manifesto, Every Child Matters and Healthy Schools.
Using the environment to learn is at the heart of the project, which focuses on
utilising the eight doorways identified through the DCSF Sustainable Schools
Framework to reduce our environmental impact and lead healthier lifestyles.
Although this framework has been ’set aside’ by the current government, Ofsted
remains clear on the importance of incorporating sustainable development within its
By signing up to the EMAS in Schools Programme with Groundwork and Leicester
City Council, schools show a strong commitment to working towards becoming a
sustainable school and reducing their impact on the environment. Delivery can be
tailored to a schools needs, providing bespoke educational packages. Core delivery
includes an environmental audit and action plan, with bespoke elements such as
options for assemblies, class and club sessions, fundraising support and advice on
environmental issues being provided if desired.
The programme offers the opportunity to deliver innovative environmental education
with young people and support whole school communities to take positive
environmental action. An officer’s key role is to inspire and motivate school
communities to work towards becoming a more sustainable school and/or achieve
If you would like to find out more, take a look at our short film by logging on to our
Trust website at www.groundwork.org.uk/leics.
Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire
Job Title: Environmental Education Officer
Status: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Responsible to: Education Co-ordinator
Predominantly based in Parkfield, Western Park the post-holder is nonetheless
expected to travel as necessary between the Trust's locations or the Trust's
suppliers or partners, according to the requirements of the job. Attendance at Trust
or other promotional functions will sometimes be required and these may not be
within normal office hours. Some evening and weekend work may be required in
response to project needs, for which time off in lieu will be given.
To work within targeted (Trust operational) areas, to inspire and engage
young people, schools and whole communities to make positive, sustainable
environmental and behavioural changes to their lifestyles.
To facilitate, manage and develop such change through the implementation
of educational programmes and initiatives, which contribute to and support
sustainable development – including the DCSF's National Sustainable
Schools Framework and Leicester City's Eco-Management Audit Scheme
To work alongside vocational education Colleagues and develop accredited
learning pathways for 13 – 19 year olds.
To identify, develop and deliver a wide range of opportunities for schools,
their pupils and their communities to become involved in activities and
projects linked to environmental education and sustainable development (for
example assemblies, pupil and staff sessions).
To raise awareness of Trust education programmes and sustainable
development through activities, marketing and publicity, promotion and
To liaise directly with schools and particularly senior management to ensure
clear knowledge and understanding of Trust programmes, including any
compliance requirements (e.g. EMAS)
Provide advice and guidance on all aspects of school environmental
To ensure that delivery is to an agreed high standard: monitoring, evaluating
and reviewing progress in order to provide timely feedback to
To ensure projects stay within budget, outputs are achieved and milestones
monitored through the use of the Trust's computerised Project Management
To promote accredited and none-accredited learning, through events linked
to environmental education.
Liaison with a range of external partners and agencies, such as local
authorities and schools, to ensure effective delivery and further the
achievement of Groundwork LL objectives.
Appraise and satisfy Health and Safety, legal and other regulations with
respect to projects, participants and the general public.
Highlight timely financial claims and draft written reports for funders quarterly,
or as agreed.
Coordinate funding and resources for individual projects as appropriate and
within agreed time-scales.
To be responsible for the work programme and supervision of volunteers
and/or work placements related to the Trust's Education Programme where
To understand accreditation processing for vocational learning and delivery
of moderation (internal/external verification).
Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire
Environmental Education Officer
1 Project Working skills in project awareness of community
Management and planning, development and consultation methods
Development management - including Ability to conceptualise
monitoring and evaluation, project ideas, to innovate
report writing and to think laterally
Awareness of child Experience or skills for
protection and health and budget control
2 Skills and abilities Excellent written and verbal Ability to analyse
communication skills complex issues and
including presentation skills identify solutions
Ability to work on own
initiative, as well as working
as part of a team
Ability to prioritise conflicting
work pressures and to work
Consistent, enthusiastic and
Proficient in the use of IT
3 Empathy and Understanding and empathy knowledge/experience of
empowerment with issues affecting methods of
communities empowerment and
4 Experience, Understanding of project experience of working
Knowledge and delivery – to time and within with community groups,
understanding budget. schools or volunteers in
knowledge, good a variety of settings
understanding of and care experience of marketing,
for sustainability issues communications and
experience of delivering external liaison.
Education for Sustainable Knowledge of other
Development with children / agencies and their roles
young people experience of
Knowledge of funding partnership working
opportunities for Experience of writing
environmental projects bids and/or fund-raising
and reporting back to
5 Equal Knowledge of equal
Opportunities opportunities issues
6 Qualifications A degree or equivalent Full driving licence
qualification/ experience in a
It will be necessary for the post-holder to have their own transport (e.g. bicycle or car), for which the
Trust can reimburse mileage costs.
Terms and Conditions
Salary starting of £18,662
Working 37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday
25 days holiday per year pro rata, including up to five compulsory days at
Christmas, plus statutory holidays. The holiday entitlement rises with long
There is a probationary period of 6 months
GWLL will contribute to a pension scheme, after completion of the
probationary period, up to 5.25% of gross salary
GWLL operates an equal opportunities policy
The position may occasionally require evening and/or weekend working.
Time in lieu can be agreed to compensate for this.
Background to Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire
Our organisation has a long history, going back to 1982, when as the City Wildlife
Project it helped pioneer the urban conservation movement in the UK. It later
expanded and evolved into the Leicester Ecology Trust, which amongst many
achievements developed the country’s first environmental show home, the
EcoHouse, and operated Britain’s largest kerbside recycling collection. We were
instrumental in developing the national Environment City concept that ultimately led
to Leicester being declared Britain’s First Environment City. In 1993, the LET
merged with the Leicester Environment City Trust to form Environ, a hugely
successful charity that has developed numerous innovative environmental projects,
mainly in Leicester and the county.
In April 2006, Environ joined the national Groundwork Federation and changed its
name to Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire. We are now part of a network of
around 50 Groundwork Trusts but remain an independent and locally managed
charity. As a Groundwork Trust we remain committed to our environmental
principles, but seek more opportunities to weave social and economic benefits into
our delivery. We can now collaborate and share ideas and good practice with many
like-minded organisations as well as benefit from the national resources and
expertise offered by Groundwork UK – the organisation that supports the individual
GWLL employs about 70 professional staff with a wide range of skills, including:
managers, community workers, consultants, business advisors, teachers,
ecologists, researchers and fund-raisers. We regularly provide opportunities for
volunteers and trainees too. Our Board of Trustees, drawn from local government,
businesses, universities and community groups, oversees the direction of the
Our work is organised into four main programme teams:
Corporate – including the Administration and Finance teams, fund raising and
Land and Biodiversity – includes the management of several nature reserves and
public open spaces, involving volunteers, community groups and trainees. This
team also supports allotments and local food growing, and is responsible for the
management of two natural burial grounds. It also plays a leading role in the
Leicester biodiversity action plan. This team also manages our award winning
Education – includes a dynamic schools programme, supporting EMAS and
environmental learning in general. Little Rotters promotes composting within schools
and organises tours to the Compost Classroom.
Transport –Our Bikes 4 All project is the largest cycle recycle operation in the UK,
and recycles thousands of unwanted bikes as well as training children in cycle
safety. The team also manages the Leicester Bike Park.
Recycling – our Recycling Solutions service engages over 200 businesses in
Our Mission and Strategic Aims
We will act as a catalyst for change by inspiring and supporting individuals and
organisations to take action to care for the local and global environment and
improve our communities
Our Mission describes how we intend to bring the Groundwork vision to fruition - the
1. To reduce Leicester and Leicestershire’s impact on climate change, primarily by
reducing energy use and increasing the generation of renewable energy
2. To educate individuals and organisations about local and global environmental
issues and to promote solutions to these challenges
3. To improve environmental sustainability locally by minimising waste and
pollution, enhancing wildlife habitats and promoting the sustainable use of water,
energy and resources
4. To create opportunities for people to learn new skills and become more active
citizens through environmental activity
5. To create jobs, develop new enterprise and increase prosperity through
6. To help communities create cleaner, safer, greener neighbourhoods and
increase their engagement with open spaces
7. To develop and maintain GWLL as an organisation that is strong and effective,
adheres to its agreed values and is recognised as a leader in its field
These Strategic Aims expand upon our Mission, further defining GWLL’s main
Working for Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire
The staff of GWLL are from many backgrounds, are typically committed to their work and
very friendly. We work within small teams but try to ensure we share information about the
various activities and work collaboratively on joint projects.
Staff are typically given lots of responsibility and are encouraged to use their initiative and
ideas to add value to our work. The diversity of our work presents lots of challenges but
also brings many opportunities for developing new skills and experiences. We also hold
the Investors In People award.
Many staff have been with GWLL for much of their careers and we reward long service
with higher pay, pension contributions and increased holiday. We also have a regular
input of new staff and volunteers, bringing fresh ideas and skills, which helps us to be the
dynamic and effective organisation we aim to be.
Our main office ‘Parkfield’ is situated one and a half miles from the centre of Leicester, in
a very verdant location in the corner of Western Park - Leicester's largest park. Our
flagship environment centre, the EcoHouse, is adjacent.
Over the last 18 years we have made improvements to Parkfield to create a light, pleasant
and modern working environment whilst demonstrating a number of environmental
features such as a living roof and rainwater recycling. As you would expect we try to
minimise our environmental impacts across all our operations and have an active
Environmental Management System to help us achieve this.
We also operate three satellite sites, which host three of our projects.
Ragdale, Nr Melton Mowbray – is the home of Recycling Solutions.
Sanvey Gate, Leicester – is the home of Bikes 4 All.
The Leicester Town Hall – is the home of the Bike Park.
Leicester is a compact city of about 300,000 inhabitants, situated in the centre of England
and surrounded by delightful countryside. Its central location and strong road and rail links
mean that even the furthest corners of Britain are only a few hours away.
Leicester is proud of its ethnic and cultural diversity, with well-integrated Asian and Afro-
Caribbean communities that make a positive contribution to the arts and cultural life of the
city. Leicester also has a strong European outlook and is twinned with Strasbourg in
France and Krefeld in Germany. Leicester's two universities have a strong influence on
the social life and research expertise of the city. Although Leicestershire's business
community comprises some household names (Walkers Crisps, Next, etc.), most
companies are in the SME sector.
Leicester was designated Britain's first Environment City in 1990 by the Royal Society for
Nature Conservation and the Civic Trust. This was in recognition of its environmental
achievements and its commitment to sustainable development. At the 1992 Earth Summit
in Rio, Leicester was selected as one of the twelve best local environmental projects in
the world. Since then, Leicester has won further environmental awards and has developed
an international reputation as a pioneer of environmental sustainability.
Equal Opportunity Statement
GWLL operates an Equal Opportunity Policy in employment, recruitment, with in-
house activities and with its dealings with the public or other organisations. The aim
of this policy is to ensure that no job applicant, volunteer, employee, user of services
or member is discriminated against because of disability, race, sex, colour,
nationality, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, responsibility for
dependants, sexual orientation, age, trade union activity, political or religious belief.
The policy requires GWLL, its staff, trainees, volunteers, and committee members to
understand those ways in which individuals and groups are discriminated against,
and seek to maximise participation by those people whose access to services,
information, influence and power is limited for whatever reason.
The success of GWLL's Equal Opportunities Policy will depend on the commitment
of every member of staff, trainee, volunteer, committee member. Guidelines are
available to promote a proactive approach to Equal Opportunities.
(i) Work Practices
Discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated in any aspect of GWLL's work.
Managers have a duty to tackle discriminatory behaviour within their team. If staff
suffering discriminatory behaviour from other staff, if they feel able, they should raise
the issue with the perpetrator or their line manager, or failing that, with your line
manager or the Welfare Officer.
(ii) Recruitment, Promotions and Training decision
All decisions in relation to recruitment, promotions and training will be taken, with
regard only to the requirements of the job (or of the training proposed).
(iii) Short-listing, Interview and Appointment Procedures
Short-listing, interview and appointment procedures are in place so as to minimise
any disadvantages suffered by people with disabilities, members of ethnic minority
groups or either sex. Accordingly, inappropriate questions will not be asked at
interview including questions regarding the following:- prospects of marriage, future
family plans, religion or sexual orientation.
Equal Opportunities Monitoring
To help us monitor our equal opportunity policy, please return this form with
your application. Should you decide not to return the form it will not affect our
consideration of your application.
Date of advert
1. Are you?
Under 25 25 – 34
35 – 44 45 – 54
55 – 60 Over 60
3. How would you describe your ethnic/cultural origin?
White British White Irish
Any other White British White & Black Caribbean
White & Black African White & Asian
Any other mixed background Indian
Any other Asian Background Caribbean
African Any other Black background
4. Do you consider yourself disabled? Yes No
5. How would you describe your Religion? (Optional Question)
Do not wish to state
6. How would you describe your Sexual Orientation? (Optional Question)
Homosexual Do not wish to state
Job Application Form
Thank you for your interest in working for Groundwork Leicester and
Leicestershire. To apply, please complete and return this application form by the
advertised closing date. For clarity, we would prefer you to type your answers if
possible, otherwise please use a black pen. The application form is available as a
Word document on the Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire web site or by e-
Position applied for:
Where did you see the vacancy advertised?
National Insurance Number:
Can you confirm that you have the right to work in the UK? Yes No
Qualifications – Secondary and Further Education
(If necessary please continue on a separate sheet)
Name of Subject Level Grade
Professional Training (If necessary please continue on a separate sheet)
Name of Institution Qualifications
Name and address of Employer:
Notice period required:
Why do you want to leave? (or why did you leave?)
Details of previous employment (paid or unpaid) in the last ten years: (Please
complete in chronological order)
Brief description of duties and
Employer & Job Title Salary
reason for leaving
Brief description of duties and
Employer & Job Title Salary
reason for leaving
Skills and Experience: The information you provide in this section is important in
assessing your application. Please use this space to state your reasons for applying
for this post, relating all your experience (paid or unpaid), achievements, skills and
personal attributes relevant to the person specification for the job. If necessary,
please continue on a separate sheet.
Briefly describe any interest you have in the environment:
Hobbies and Interest
Please describe how you occupy your leisure time:
Do you have a current driving licence? Yes No
Please list any endorsements or convictions?
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence? If “Yes”, please give details in
a sealed envelope marked with your name and the post you are applying for.
For some vacancies, all convictions must be declared.
Please give details of any serious illness/operations or medical complaints during
the last three years:
Please give names and addresses of two people from whom a reference can be
obtained. One of them should be your present or last employer. Please note that
references will only be taken up after interviews.
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I certify to the best of my knowledge that the information given within this application
form is correct. I understand that any false information given may render an offer of
employment invalid and lead to termination of employment.
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