Operational Volunteers wanted! Apply now to join the movement.

March 26th, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News No Comment yet

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We are recruiting new volunteers to join Operational Subgroups to help deliver our plans and projects over the coming months and years.  The Operational Team Members will be key to delivering the main objectives of the group.

Please note: This is not an application to join our  Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) 2018/19 as a Young Leader, the recruitment process for this is separate and will begin in mid-April so check back for further announcements in the coming weeks.


The 2050 Climate Group is an organisation of young professionals across Scotland who share a commitment to actively engage in climate change adaptation and mitigation, to help Scotland transition to a low carbon economy, and significantly cut carbon emissions by the target years of 2020 and 2050.

The 2050 Climate Group established as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in February 2017. Our charitable purpose is the advancement of education on climate change issues and leadership skills with the aspiration of engaging, educating and empowering the next generation of leaders to take action on climate change, thereby advancing environmental protection and improvement.

We have committed ourselves to lead the change, to inspire, and be inspired by others and to start a movement of passionate, like-minded individuals who want to ensure a sustainable future beyond the year 2050. In our three years of operations and one year as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) we have achieved significant successes, including but not limited to: training over 300 young people through our Young Leaders Development Programme, winning the Scottish Green Energy Awards for Skills Contribution in 2017, winning the UK Energy Globe Awards in 2017, been invited to speak about our work at three consecutive UN climate change conferences, and many more.


The Role

An Operational Team Member is a voluntary position that will give you the opportunity to participate in, shape and promote the future delivery of the 2050 Climate Group. The group aims to raise the profile of climate change and low carbon opportunities to young people (our target age group is 18 – 35 years) and inspire them to take individual action.

We have four sub-groups that we are looking to fill with new Operational Team Members. Here is an introduction to each of them from the respective sub-group chairs:


Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP)

Described as a “world first” by Nicola Sturgeon, the YLDP is the 2050 Climate Group’s flagship project, and forms the basis of what we as a charity aim to do – empower, engage and educate exciting young people to have a voice and take action for our climate through leading a change to a low carbon society. Providing a mixture of events, combining climate change knowledge and leadership skills, for a cohort of around 130 Young Leaders over the course of a year, we are looking for wonderfully committed and creative individuals to help us design, write and deliver the Programme this year. The energy that comes from delivering this Programme is incredible and will continue to encourage you to be part of the movement too! Naomi Arnold – YLDP Chair



Hello and thank you so much for wanting to join the 2050 Team! The Actions subgroup focuses on helping Young Leaders take action on climate change, whether that’s a big entrepreneurial project or a small personal change. We run workshops and other sessions to help them figure out what action they want to take, and then provide them with funding, mentors, good advice, and help them collaborate with other Young Leaders. It’s exciting and impactful work and the subgroup is passionate about doing whatever we can to encourage and empower ACTION! Chris Palmer –  Actions Chair



Passionate and knowledgeable about policy, policy-making processes and climate change? The 2050 Climate Group Policy Subgroup needs you! The subgroup focuses on 2050 Climate Group’s involvement with the policy-making sphere in Scotland. From responding to consultations and helping the 2050 community understand what the current most pressing issues are, to supporting Young Leaders in taking action on the policy issues they want to address on all levels of governance, we support 2050’s educational activity while also helping build our presence in the Scottish policy space. We are very excited to welcome new faces to our team and your presence will make a big difference in what we are able to do! Siri Pantzar – Policy Chair


Leaders Network

Everyone who graduates from the Young Leaders Development Programme joins our Leaders Network, and in our sub-group this is where we believe it gets really exciting! Each year as we get closer to 2050, this group of motivated and passionate young leaders will continue to grow and the potential change that they can influence and lead, now and in the future, really inspires us. We look forward to welcoming new members to the team to help us provide unique opportunities to the Young Leaders, to support them to continue developing their skills, and to help grow the network in every corner of Scotland. Declan Gallacher & Laura Brankin,  Leaders Network Co-Chairs


Operational Team Members meet on a regular basis (often remotely) in line with subgroup requirements. The time commitment will be roughly between 8 and 16 hours a month. Workload will involve the completion of a range of different operational actions, depending on your role and sub-group, and a degree of external representation. Operational Team Members will work with their sub-group chairs and the rest of the group to deliver the objectives of their specific sub-group. A lot of the work is done together as a team, but Members must be able to work independently on actions they are given.

As an Operational Team Member, you will have the opportunity to develop your own experience, network and skills. No formal qualifications are necessary for this position however we do expect our members to have a keen interest in sustainability and climate change, and the ability to contribute, support and represent the group to their best ability.

New Operational Team Members will be joining existing teams of friendly and enthusiastic young people who are passionate about the volunteer work that they do. If you can bring your own enthusiasm and willingness to work hard then you will fit right in.

At this time we particularly invite applications from young people located outside of the central belt.


What can you expect to gain from this role?

  • The opportunity to be part of leading the drive to a low carbon future for Scotland
  • Great networking and development opportunities
  • High quality training opportunities
  • Improved leadership skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved influencing and negotiation skills
  • The opportunity to engage with other young people committed to taking action on climate change
  • The opportunity to explore, refine or develop new interests or skills
  • A great sense of achievement through your hard work


How to Apply

We will be accepting applications until 5pm on Friday 6th of April. We will not be able to accept any late applications. In order to be considered for a position, please complete this online form. The form asks you:

  • To send a copy of your CV to recruitment@2050.scot
  • To answer 5 questions:
    • Why are you interested in this opportunity? (250 words maximum)
    • Which sub-group and which role are you most interested in and why?  Select from the available positions listed below.
    • How do you fit the person specifications required for this role and what do you feel you can offer? (Please be sure to indicate how you match the criteria listed in the person specification section of this application) (250 words maximum)
    • What do you feel you would gain from being an Operational Team Member? (250 words maximum)
    • What are your existing time commitments/constraints, and how would you balance these with this voluntary opportunity?
  • To complete some equal opportunities monitoring questions (this will not influence the outcome of your application).


Person Specifications and available roles


Subgroup Available roles

(Person Specifications linked to each role)

Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP)
Leaders Network


Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 13th April, and asked to attend an informal interview during the week of Monday 16th April (in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or further afield by arrangement if possible. Our preference is for interviews to be conducted face to face, but where this isn’t an option then via video-conferencing).

We plan to hold a short induction in the morning of Saturday 28th April at our Youth Climate Summit 2018. After the induction you will be able to enjoy the rest of the summit. More details on the summit can be found here.

The 2050 Climate Group is committed to actively promoting equality and diversity in all of our work. In line with the Equality Act 2010, we ask that all those applying also complete our Equal Opportunities form, which is at the end of the application form. This will not influence the outcome of your application.


Data Protection

The 2050 Climate Group will only process the information you provide for the purposes of assessing your application and managing the recruitment process. It will not be shared with any third parties. Your information will be stored securely on our GoogleDrive. Unsuccessful applications will be retained for six months; successful applicant details will be stored indefinitely, for the purposes of managing the charity. For more information on how we manage personal data, please see our Privacy and Data Protection Policy.

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