Non-job of the week

Oxford City Council again this week. For the record, I do not check this council's website every week, desperately trying to root out any non-jobs. It simply comes up on the usual websites I check. This week it is looking for an Assistant Energy Officer, paying between £21,519 - £24,646 per annum. After some very lengthy job descriptions of late, this one is short. The main duties and responsibilities are to 'support Oxford City Council’s Climate Change Officer in delivering key parts of the Carbon Management Programme'.

It's very much climate change week this week. Merton Borough Council is searching for a Climate Change Officer paying £38,070 - £40,716 per annum. But that's not all. The same council is also searching for a Climate Change Projects Officer on £30,390 – £32,607. These two posts are part of the newly created Future Merton team, which is dynamic and forward thinking in its approach to enabling development. (Not my words, as you may have guessed!)

Once again taxpayers are having to pay for various directives (mainly pouring out of Brussels). TPA Director, Matthew Sinclair, has written about this in his new book Let them eat carbon, and as we showed in our report last year, councils vary in their approach to these directives. Instead of adding more layers of bureaucracy (with some councils having as many as ten officers with climate change in the job title), Windsor and Maidenhead Council installed smart meters which lead to a 15% overnight reduction of council energy consumption. This really is a smart way of meeting climate targets!


Climate Change Officer

£38,070 - £40,716 per annum inclusive Ref: 4596

The Council require a committed and knowledgeable individual to lead on climate change initiatives, including reviewing the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. They will engage with key stakeholders to promote climate change initiatives, extending the Council’s high profile and reputation as an exemplar authority for sustainable energy initiatives. The applicant must have a thorough understanding of the principles of sustainable development and of mitigation and adaption processes, measures and ideas, including their practical adaption.

Further information about the above job can be found on our website at where you can apply for this job online. Recruitment packs are also available in large print or Braille.

2 year fixed-term contract.

Secondments are welcomed from other public sector bodies.

Closing date: 19th August 2011.

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