Climate Change Officer - Adaptation, Resilience & Natural Capital

Climate Change Officer - Adaptation, Resilience & Natural Capital


£28,682 - £31,832 - Plus market leading package (see below)

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to join our growing Climate Change Team as a Project Officer focussing on climate change risk, adaptation and resilience, and also Natural Capital. It is a great time to join the team as we address the increasing urgency to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change, both within the Council and across Derbyshire. 

The new Derbyshire County Council Climate Change Strategy: Achieving Net Zero sets out a range of projects and initiatives that we will need to deliver to meet our net zero ambitions. The Council is also in the process of developing a Derbyshire Natural Capital and Biodiversity Strategy, and an approach to understanding the climate change risks facing the Council and the wider county, in order to build the resilience of Derbyshire to a changing climate. 

This new role will be responsible for developing and delivery exciting and wide-ranging projects and initiatives aligned with these key areas of work.   

What will I be doing: 

Developing and delivering projects within the climate change programme. This includes the delivery of a range of priority projects across the Council as set out in the Climate Change Strategy for 2021-2025, and mapping out delivery plans for projects for the longer-term.
• Undertaking research, analysing and interpreting data, developing and presenting reports and information
• Leading and assisting with engagement activities, both internally and externally. This will include representing the Council on relevant external groups and forums related to climate change risks and adaptation, and also Natural Capital. 
Engaging with colleagues, partners, communities and businesses on climate change issues.  This could include, for example, working with property teams, schools and care homes to undertake studies into how buildings should be designed and retrofitted to reduce the risks of overheating, and promoting behavioural changes that can be taken to reduce these risks, and communicating the purpose and findings of these initiatives to secure commitment and funding.   
Communicating and embedding the outcomes and outputs from the (currently in-development) Derbyshire Natural Capital and Biodiversity Strategy, involving engagement with internal and external stakeholders.
Providing specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of climate resilience and Natural Capital.

You will: 

• Have proven experience of successful project delivery and direct experience of working on climate change and wider sustainability projects/programmes, ideally within local government and including projects related to climate change risk, adaptation and resilience, and Natural Capital.
• Have previous experience of working successfully with internal and external partners in the public, private and voluntary sector to bring about change, and have contributed to the development of strategies or policies.
• Have proven ability to influence, build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels to effect change.
• Be a good communicator, flexible and capable of working both on their own initiative and as part of a team, and to work to tight timescales and agreed targets.  

This is a great opportunity to join a newly formed team and perfect for someone who really wants to make a difference, working closely with the Assistant Director for Climate Change & Environment which we are currently recruiting to, you will have the opportunity to help shape the way that we work and deliver our Climate Change Strategy. Take a look at the other vacancies in this team here.

What we offer you: 

• 27 days of annual leave plus another 5 once you reach 5 years of continuous service
• Flexi time, allowing up to an additional 2 days of leave per month
• Generous local government pension scheme
• Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
• Cycle to work scheme
• Discounts at selected county leisure centres
• and much more……

Employees of Derbyshire County Council are currently working from home remotely where work responsibilities allow this.  We expect to maintain elements of these flexible working arrangements as we move forward. There'll be an opportunity to discuss future working arrangements at interview.

We are accepting CV’s for this position so it’s easier than ever to apply. 

For further information regarding this opportunity please contact Caroline Toplis, Programme Manager – Climate Change at  

Provisional interview date; week commencing 7th February 2022 held via Microsoft Teams.

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