Compost Coach – Job Advert


• Part Time 25k pro rata (approximately 1-2 days per week. There is flexibility on how the role can be delivered i.e. job share)

• 6 month freelance contract (with potential to be extended for a further 18 months)

• Start date: 01/03/2022

Incredible Surplus Birmingham are seeking expressions of interest from people who have a passion for compost making and climate action to support our new project, ‘Compost Culture’.

Compost Culture is a 2 year project taking place in Birmingham, supported by the National Lottery’s Climate Action fund, that seeks to change the narrative on compost and support behaviour change. We will do this by partnering up practical, hands on compost and growing initiatives with the production of creative media and storytelling projects that seek to rearticulate compost as something magical, ‘cultured’, relevant & fundamental to how society moves forward. The stories we tell about compost and waste will shape what the city is and what it can become.

Working in partnership, Incredible Surplus, General Public, The Active Well-Being Society, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Birmingham Friends of the Earth, will be setting up compost demonstration sites across the city where people can come and take a look at different systems for managing their food waste, attend workshops and see (and eat) the food we are growing with the compost produced.

There will also be a range of events and activities to support the project from a touring exhibition to a Festival of Surplus.

Main Duties

• Advise on the development of compost demonstration sites i.e. equipment and processes most suitable for each site.

• Working with project partners, you will lead on staff training in compost making and the impact of compost making on the environment, particularly climate.

• Monitor and support successful composting activity at partner sites.

• Lead on writing content for interpretation materials.

• Support the research and collation of resources.

• Support the development of community participation in particular off site ‘community champions’ (local networks of people who want to compost).

• Support the evaluation process.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

It is desirable for applicants to demonstrate the following:

• Knowledge and experience of compost making using different equipment and processes.

• Experience of leading on the planning, delivery and evaluation of training sessions in compost making.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Experience of working successfully in community settings.

• Capability to work confidently across various technologies and online platforms i.e. word processing, email, social media.

• The ability to travel between various locations in the city, with pieces of equipment when necessary.

• A high level of motivation and willingness to work on their own initiative leading aspects of the project.

• They are set up to be responsible for their own tax, national insurance, public liability insurance and have a willingness to have a DBS check.

How to Apply

We know that there are many barriers for people applying for jobs and we want to make this process as open and supportive as possible. We are inviting you to send us an email, video, voice memo – whatever you are comfortable with, that briefly tells us about your experience to date, how you fulfil the knowledge, skills and experience criteria listed above and why you are interested in this role.

Please include information on your employment status e.g. self employed, CIC etc.

Send this to

DEADLINE: The closing date for all applications is: 5PM FRIDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2022

INTERVIEWS: Will be held week commencing 21st February 2022

Incredible Surplus Birmingham is committed to being an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based upon capability and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Company Number: 09272180

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