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Low Carbon Lochaber 2020 – 22

Climate Challenge Fund

Lochaber Environmental Group (LEG) have secured funding for the next two years through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for our new project Low Carbon Lochaber.

Low Carbon Lochaber will build on the successes of our previous CCF project Go Grow and Glow, and will continue to focus on energy efficiency, active travel and local food production.  We will continue to offer home energy surveys, and we now have a bike library and bike tool library, as well as running the Bike Kitchen bike repair workshops and guided E bike rides. The local food producers group, Food Lochaber, will be developed further and growers will be supported with the purchase of a small tractor and tools.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our events and workshops as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grant programme that is managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Since the Climate Challenge Fund was introduced in 2008, 622 communities across Scotland have been awarded grants totalling £85.8 million to run community-led projects that reduce local carbon emissions, improve their local areas and help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Further information at www.climatechallengefund.org


Environmental Development Officer

Lochaber Environmental Group are recruiting an Environmental Development Officer to join their Low Carbon Lochaber project. The primary responsibility of the post holder will be to promote low carbon behaviours in Lochaber through the delivery of energy advice to create warm, affordable homes and the promotion of sustainable transport such as electric vehicles.

The job is based at the Voluntary Action Lochaber Office, An Drochaid, Claggan Road, Fort William, PH33 6PH. Also working throughout the Lochaber area within the community and home based as needed.

The role and project runs until March 31st 2022.

The job is 28 hours per week (0.8 FTE), with occasional weekend or evening work required.

The salary is £24,500 pro-rata (0.8 FTE), 8% non-contributory pension.

This role is part of a Climate Challenge Fund project, supported by the Scottish Government through Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Closing date: November 27th 2020.

Interviews the week of December 14th 2020.

The post holder is required to:

  • Carry out energy surveys in domestic and commercial properties throughout Lochaber, assisting residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. These currently make use of thermal imaging and electricity monitoring equipment.
  • Engage and liaise with Lochaber residents and businesses advising on energy efficient practices.
  • Engage with home-owners, businesses and other organisations to promote renewable energy and micro-renewables.
  • Work with Home Energy Scotland, Energy Savings Trust, Zero Waste Scotland and other organisations as appropriate to help households and business undertake energy efficiency improvements.
  • Organise and publicise engagement events on relevant topics (such as electric vehicles, renewable energy, waste reduction, energy efficiency, climate literacy), and support other organisations to carry out similar events.
  • Establish and/or develop links with a range of partnership organisations, including Home Energy Scotland, Fort William Town Team, Fort William Men’s Shed, Highland Council, other similar organisations and local shops.
  • Work alongside the other Project Officers to manage and administer the project, write reports, submit claims, and monitor and evaluate project data to deliver on project outcomes and targets.

Knowledge, Training and Experience required for the role:

  1. Knowledge of energy efficiency and low carbon alternatives.
  2. Strong internal organisational and team working skills.
  3. A proven commitment to environmental issues.
  4. Excellent customer care and communication skills.
  5. Experience of administration.
  6. A self-starter with an ability to work with minimum supervision.
  7. Proficient in use of basic software systems (Excel, Word, Publisher, Outlook) is essential for report writing and data management.
  8. Full driving licence and access to vehicle for business purposes, travel across Lochaber is required.

Please see the full Environmental Development Officer job description and apply for the role here.

Please note the office is not fully staffed due to Coronavirus so the office phone may not be answered.

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