Graduate Waste Management Support Officer

Job Description

A Graduate Waste Management Support Officer is required by Devon County Council, seconded from the University of Exeter on an Exeter based/home working basis. The role involves working on waste management projects including: schools' waste education; and reduce, reuse & recycle behavioural change work with the general public. This is a 23 month GBP graduate role, available immediately and subject to a 12 month probation period.
A graduate is required at Devon County Council (though you will be employed by the University of Exeter) to work on several waste management projects, including promoting schools' waste education work and behavioural change work. This post is available immediately and is part of the Graduate Business Partnerships scheme.
Purpose of Role
To influence, educate and change the behaviour of the Devon public in relation to reducing, reusing and recycling their waste.
Duties and responsibilities
To assist with a variety of tasks, including:
  • expand the Waste Prevention Guide' project to all areas of Devon
  • produce short video clips for use online
  • promotional activities to support a Grow Your Own' campaign
  • research and development to reach and engage with 18-to-24-year-olds
  • research and creation of online media content
a variety of tasks in relation to schools' waste education work, including
  • maintaining and developing the waste education website , using Word Press
  • create a range of short, child focussed Waste Education videos on a variety of topics (careers in waste, zero waste lunches, case studies, composting), using Adobe Premiere
  • update existing and create new take-home sheets
  • school and community tours to the Pinbrook Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Energy Recovery Facilities in Exeter and Plymouth
  • school & community events to promote sustainable waste and resource practices at home, school and at work.
assistance with the Devon Reuse Project
assistance with the Devon Food Rescue Project
The postholder will also undertake any other duties commensurate with this level of post and as assigned by the line manager.
Training and Development opportunities
Training and support will be given where required.
The university also offers online and in-person learning and development opportunities, including mandatory online training in Prevent Duty - Inclusive, Cohesive and Safe Universities ; Equality and Diversity Introduction ; Health and Safety Introduction and Information Governance .
Level of Support
The graduate will be line managed by the Waste Management Officer (Education and Communities) with day to day input from the Senior Waste Managers for Communications and Special projects.
The university offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service , plus GBPs are offered 1:1 support from the Internships Team and regular 1:1 meetings with their line manager.
Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition
The university offers a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition , including flexible working arrangements, a generous pension and holiday allowance of 39 days a year, pro rata
Workplace Address
Waste Management Team, Devon County Council, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD. Currently we are working from home although optimistically a flexible mix of office and home working is being planned for, no current timescale available.
Graduate of a UK university within the last 3 years.
Personal Qualities and Attributes
Essential: enthusiastic, self-motivated, requiring a minimum of supervision, dependable and trustworthy.
Desirable: organised and methodical, understanding of and commitment to sustainability issues, ability to meet deadlines and targets, commitment to equal opportunities, ability to carry out the post with reasonable adjustments where necessary
Communication skills
Essential: should be able to demonstrate good verbal and written skills including punctuation and grammar; confident communicator with the public; flexible and diplomatic with good interpersonal skills
Desirable: experience of dealing with school aged children, experience of using a range of social media sites
IT skills:
Essential: IT literate with standard Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Desirable: experience in use of website CMS (Word Press); video making skills (using Adobe Premiere)
Acquired skills:
Essential: ability to work independently and as part of a team, ability to carry out research.
Desirable: awareness of waste management issues, promotion and marketing skills
Other Requirements
  • The successful candidate will be required to have a DBS check
  • Ability to travel with reasonable adjustments where necessary
GBP Scheme Requirements
  • To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role the graduate must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Achieved* (or about to achieve) a full undergraduate degree (or Masters or PhD).
  • Graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).* Please see above for additional requirements
  • Attended a British university (or spent time studying at a UK university through ERASMUS)
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity.
  • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer , committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview.
  • We welcome applications from all eligible students and in particular those from the following underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship evidenced by the Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK . This can includes British citizens; individuals with an EU Pre-Settlement or EU-Settlement Status ; and those with a Graduate Route Visa.
  • Current immigration legislation prevents the University to provide sponsorship certificates for GBP roles, as they do not meet the requirements for a Skilled Worker visa as explained on the International Student Support webpages .
  • All graduates need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • Applicants cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP.
* To undertake a GBP role applicants must achieve their degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week (for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early
Key Dates
Closing Date: 21/10/2021
Interview Date: 3/11/2021
Start Date: 22/11/2021
End Date: 22/10/2023


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