Non-job of the week

SmallbluebinDevon County Council thinks it right to spend £27k of your money on reducing its own carbon footprint.  Perhaps they could have thought of a car share scheme or even ask their employees to take the bus instead of shelling out well over £30k on a bureaucrat, office space and other expenses to devise schemes, on the taxpayers buck, to cut carbon emissions.  As you'll see above, I just devised a whole carbon reduction strategy for them and it didn’t cost them a penny.  Yet that won’t stop them trying to burn more taxpayers’ money on programmes and non-jobs that really shouldn’t exist. 


With this non-job, Devon County Council are burning your money to stop themselves burning more in carbon emissions.  Perhaps if it scrapped these conscience-driven non-jobs and offered Council Tax cuts for ‘green’ behaviour, it could make environmentalism more attractive and actually reduce overall carbon emissions.  Sadly the culture of big government mandates that government is always the answer to whatever problem, even the ones it creates.


So yet again from the Guardian Society pages we give you our non-job of the week:


Climate Change Programme Support Officer




Do you know what your personal carbon footprint is? Do you know what actions you need to take to reduce it in line with national targets? Are you taking those actions and are you on track to reduce your CO2 emissions? We do and we are. As part of our 'making Devon greener' programme Devon County Council is looking for an enthusiastic person to assist our Climate Change Programme Manager in delivering significant carbon reductions from our corporate operation. Ideally, you will have a deep understanding of the climate change mitigation agenda, and possess both project management and communications skills and experience.


Based in the vibrant city of Exeter (now headquarters for the Met Office and the prestigious Hadley Centre), you will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary strategy team in the Directorate of Environment, Economy and Culture. Your task will be to progress a growing portfolio of carbon reduction projects being delivered across the organisation, and to identify and implement new opportunities. A quarterly update of our carbon footprint will provide the measure of your success. Your work will also include raising awareness of our corporate responsibility for managing carbon with staff through our Carbon@Work programme.


For an informal discussion only, please contact Ian Bateman on 01392 383390.


For an application pack, please contact the 'First Stop Desk' on 01392 383034 or 01392 383037 (answerphone), email [email protected] or apply online at


Closing date: 21/03/08.


Interview date: 10/04/08. Ref: ENV308 G.


Salary is subject to job evaluation.


We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and service delivery, and are only interested in your ability to do the job.


Devon County Council




P.S. The award for the most unfortunate job title goes to the Teenage Pregnancy Implementation Manager at Manchester City Council.

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