Now recruiting for two new Sustainability Roles

We are pleased to be recruiting for two new roles as part of the River Cam CAN project, to deliver our ‘Sustainability and Greenspaces’ programme of activity including an ambitious new portfolio of Carbon & Climate Crisis intervention projects and conservation activities. They will be working in conservation and greenspaces projects in community environment, with a focus on volunteering and interacting with members of the public.

At Abbey People we owe our success to our people.

Abbey People are a community charity working with people in the Abbey Ward of Cambridge, which is in the top 20% most deprived nationally, whilst also being a demographically varied ward. Our vision is Thriving People, Vibrant Community.

The project includes extending our existing green space and Coldham’s Brook chalk stream projects, and adding two workstreams, our Barnwell Verge Seeds of Hope project and a portfolio of community initiatives to combat climate change.

Both roles are fixed term – starting in Autumn 2023 until late 2025 (with a possibility to extend based on continuation funding).

Sustainability and Greenspaces Coordinator – £26 – £29,000 – Full time (flexible working / job share considered) hybrid working is possible. Fixed Term. Sustainability and Green Spaces Coordinator Job Description

Sustainability Programme Manager – £36,000 – £39,000 – Part-time (1 day per week – 7 hours) some hybrid working possible. Fixed Term.

Sustainability Programme Manager Job Description

Application Deadline: 9am 2nd October 2023

Interviews planned for Tuesday 10th October 2023 and will be in-person in Cambridge.

Please apply with a CV and Covering letter which sets out your suitability for the role and why you are as passionate about community as we are.

Equality and Diversity is very important to us, and we welcome applications from people with protected characteristics, please contact us with any queries or to discuss reasonable adjustments, or if you would like to tell us about your suitability for this role in another way.

If you would like an informal chat about this role or have any questions, please contact Nicky Shepard, CEO on 01223 211945 or
Send applications to noting which role you are applying for.

About the River Cam CAN Project
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, this 2-year project will involve communities near the River Cam working on solutions that will benefit them and help to make the city more sustainable and resilient. The main project location is the city’s most disadvantaged ward, Abbey. Communities will transform neglected areas including those around ecologically important chalk-streams, ancient willow trees along 10km of the Cam’s riverbanks, a community urban farm and a roadside verge outside a school.

A series of small-scale projects will be delivered with community volunteers to help reduce flooding, improve water quality, capture carbon and benefit nature. A rain garden (designed to slow down rainwater and filter out pollutants) will be piloted by the community in a prominent location. The project will help grow community capacity in the short term so that they can maintain their involvement in the longer term, transforming more spaces and involving more people.

More people will learn about the problems facing their river system, the connection between these problems and climate and nature emergencies, and about how their actions will make a difference. This will partly be achieved by delivering month-long Cambridge Nature Festivals in 2024 and 2025.

The main project partners are Cambridge Past, Present & Future, Abbey People, CoFarm, Cambridge City Council, Climate Outreach and Water Sensitive Cambridge but the project will work with a much wider range of organisations.

Other roles with the project:

Abbey People Sustainability Programme Manager

Cambridge Nature Network – River Cam CAN Project Officer 


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