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We’re recruiting for a Communications and Information Assistant!

May 2nd, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group are currently recruiting for a Communications and Information assistant to join our team as a paid 12 week placement at our Edinburgh Office.

This post will enable the development of the 2050 Climate Group through key operational, logistical and administrative support, particularly in the delivery of our organisation’s core project, the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP). This will involve supporting individuals and groups in the YLDP and the Leaders Network (alumni of the YLDP) to develop and lead their own activities, projects and ideas. In particular managing communications, administration, information and data around this. The full listing for this post can be viewed here. Applications should be submitted via Bright Green Placements before 9th May 2018. 

Young Leaders Development Programme applications now open!

April 20th, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News, YLDP No Comment yet

Are you…

  • approx. 18-35 years old and
  • interested in tackling climate change? Or not YET interested in tackling climate change?

Do you have…

  • a desire to develop your leadership skills,
  • a willingness to inspire others,
  • personal drive and energy?

Introducing: 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme

We need leaders to make Scotland’s sustainable future a reality. Leadership is all about influence. You don’t need to be a chief executive or MSP to have an impact on this world. The aim of the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) is to give young people the leadership skills and climate change knowledge they need to take action on climate change. Now in its third year, we are looking for people like YOU to join the programme. The programme will kick off at the end of May 2018 and will consist of six days of training and workshops spread through the year-long programme. Each event will be held on a Saturday.

As a Young Leader you will:

  • Receive free leadership training from Scotland’s foremost experts
  • Build knowledge of climate change issues and solutions in day-to-day life, business and politics
  • Improve your communication and influencing skills
  • Increase your confidence
  • Build your CV with skills and experience
  • Be part of a growing network of a diverse range of young people
  • Be able to inspire others to actively contribute towards taking action on climate change

Programme structure

We believe that in order to help lead the way to a successful, sustainable future, there are three spheres of influence that must be addressed: personal, professional and political.

Throughout the programme, there will be a focus on developing your own actions, for example persuading your mum to take the bus more, getting your local supermarket to stock more low carbon food and getting your local council to build a heat network!

The Leaders Network

On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to join our network of Young Leaders from previous programmes. This is a space for networking, collaboration and taking action and will be supported by training and development opportunities.

Dates for your diary

We expect young leaders to commit to attending the training sessions set out below. Don’t worry – we know life sometimes gets in the way – but if you already know that you won’t be able to attend half of these dates then it might be best to wait until next year!






Thursday 7th June 2018 (evening)



Climate change

Saturday 23rd June 2018



Saturday 28th July 2018



Climate change

Saturday 6th October 2018



Saturday 10th November 2018



Climate change

Saturday 16th February 2019



Saturday 16th March 2019


* Each venue will be centrally located in the city with good public transport links


Our Youth Climate Summit will run again in 2019 and is a great opportunity for Young Leaders to apply the skills and experience of the programme to planning an event for Scotland’s young people.

How to apply

We are pleased to offer this programme at no financial cost to participants, other than travel to each of the events (and even that we can help with – see below).

To apply, fill out this application form by 11th May @ 5pm to be in with a chance of a place on this exciting programme. If you have any questions, check the FAQs below or drop us an email at

If you have specific requirements or need alternative arrangements to this application form, please get in touch and we can discuss further. We are happy to have an informal chat about the application process.

Travel fund: We do not want anyone to miss out on the programme simply because they can’t afford it. We therefore have some funding available that you can apply for to help cover travel costs if you make it onto the programme.



Q: What if I can’t make all the dates?

A: It might be worth considering waiting for next year’s programme. That way someone who can make all the events can join the programme this year. Our events take a lot of effort to prepare so the more people are there to participate the better!

Q: How will you decide who gets onto the programme?

A: We had over 270 applications for just 130 spaces last year, and we expect his year to be competitive again. We will select applicants based on the answers in their application. We are not necessarily looking for those who already know the most about climate change or who are already working in a related sector. Our primary aim is to get a good mix of people. What is critical, however, is that you have a commitment to the programme, a willingness to learn and a desire to apply what you have learn by taking action. Anyone who is unsuccessful in making it onto the programme is welcome to join the “climate change” events, which will be open to the general public. Or you can always apply again next year. There are other ways to engage with 2050 Climate Group as well – we’ll let you know in due course.

Q: What if I live in in the Hebrides / [insert far-flung Scottish place here]?

A: Climate change won’t just affect the central belt, so we would love for you to apply. Of course, you’ll need to consider if you can make it to the central belt for Saturday morning for each event. Remember, we may to able to help with your travel costs if that’s an issue.

Q: Do I already need to be a climate change guru to apply?

A: No. We are looking for a diverse range of people; all we expect is a commitment to learn and to take action.

Q: Is this all about environmental stuff?

A: Whilst the environment is massively important, climate change is relevant to all facets of society. Expect to hear about energy generation, community campaigns, infrastructure, farming, running a business and international treaties! A key part of our work is to reach a wider audience, so that is our aim for the programme.

Q: Do I need to be in a position of leadership to apply?

A: A typical image of a leader would be a politician or CEO of a business. We think a leader is someone who influences others and we expect people from all walks of life to be able to do that, whether you’re a farmer, doctor or youth worker (to name but a few!). The YLDP will give you all the leadership skills you need to make a change, regardless of who you are or what you do.

Operational Volunteers wanted! Apply now to join the movement.

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

**Deadline passed – Applications now closed**

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
  • 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.