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Job Vacancy: Community Building Energy Specialist

 Job Description

Community Building Energy Specialist

SCP 32 £26,706 (with cost of living increase pending)

BEAT is an independent charitable trust working with a range of partners to bring about positive environmental change. 

BEAT’s Climate Change Team is supporting action to reduce CO2 emissions. Our Community Building Energy Management Support Project is supporting community buildings in West Yorkshire and the South Pennine Leader Area to reduce their carbon footprint.  This work is focussed on improving energy and water management by equipping organisations with the knowledge and awareness to adopt good practice on a permanent basis through a range of activities – energy auditing and action planning, training and development of resource packs etc. 

The project is one of four strands in the “Community Cascade” initiative, a wider programme for community buildings which also offers support to improve marketing, community cohesion and income generation.  It is also funded in its own right by the South Pennine Leader Fund.

We are seeking an experienced project manager with excellent knowledge and experience of energy efficiency to work alongside a Project Co-ordinator in delivering this exciting initiative.  This post will deliver energy management support to community buildings across the two areas - West Yorkshire and the South Pennines (which overlap).  The role will also involve work to develop the project by building new partnerships with other environmental support organisations.

The post is full time and funded until Oct 2012

Closing Date for Applications Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Interviews will be taking place the week commencing Monday 7th September

For an application pack see – Get Involved

Consultation on the Compact

The Compact sets out a commitment and framework between the public sector and voluntary and community sector for effective partnership working.  A consultation exercise is underway to obtain views on the new draft Compact.  Please see information below and attached from the Compact Working group for your comment.


If you have any specific ideas/actions for BEF or the the Environment Partnership on the new Compact, please let Lucy Ashall (Bradford Council), Emma Hill (Beat) or Carlton Smith (BCEP) know.

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Northern Gas Networks Environmental Grants

See link below for details of the Northern Gas Networks' environmental support scheme.

The scheme seeks to distribute £60,000 to community groups and charitable organisations for environmental projects.

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2009.

Views sought on Knotweed Predator

** Views sought on knotweed predator **
The public's views are being sought on the release of a plant-eating
predator from Asia into Britain to help control Japanese knotweed.
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Unfortunately the website doesn't seem to give us the chance to respond (unless I'm missing something).


Anyone got any thoughts?

Nominations Wanted for Best Community Environmental Project

To environmental groups
Bradford's Best Awards are shortly being launched to celebrate and reward achievements of ordinary people in the district. One of the categories is 'Best Community Environmental Project'. To enter, your group or individual must write a letter explaining why they think they or their nominee should win. We hope many groups will enter. Shortlisted entries will attend a gala night, with winners receiving a trophy, recognition and cash prizes.

Please send your entries to: Anne Dransfield, Editor's Secretary, Telegraph & Argus, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1JR

Please mark envelope BRADFORD'S BEST AWARDS (environment)

Wharfedale Friends of the Earth Climate Change Campaign

Hi everyone,

I'm from Wharfedale FoE and we are starting a campaign this summer called Get Serious about CO2. This is aiming to encourage Bradford Council to do more on climate change. They are already taking some action, but it is not enough and certainly not as much as others are doing. The key points of the campaign are to encourage Bradford to set more ambitious targets for reductions in district carbon emissions, to develop more far-reaching action on renewable energy, insulation etc and to demand more support from national government for councils that are acting on climate change.

We are aiming to get support for the campaign from Bradford residents living in every single ward in Bradford. We have postcards for people to sign, and if you are interested to sign up that way or receive some for friends, family and colleages, let us know by email at: michael.baldwin 'getridofthispart' [at]

Also, its possible to sign up in support on-line, please see

Please pass this post onto anyone you know in Bradford! This way we can hopefully get hundreds of responses.

best wishes,

Michael Baldwin
Wharfedale FoE

Guardian Charity Awards seeking nominations

Do you know of a charity that deserves a pat on the back?

Or maybe free consultancy support, courtesy of NCVO's consultancy service and a tailored package of media services from Media Trust?

If you know a small or medium-sized charity that deserves recognition for its hard work, tell them about the Guardian Charity Awards 2009. These annual awards seek to recognise and encourage those charities, sometimes overshadowed by the big players in the voluntary sector, who make an outstanding and valuable contribution to social welfare in the UK community. Yes, the household names of the charity world do a vital job in so many aspects of our society; but it's typically the smaller organizations that have the fresh thinking, flexibility and reach into communities that make the crucial difference to people's lives. Maybe you work for one of these charities yourself- and believe your achievements could inspire others if only they were highlighted.

The Guardian Charity Awards have, for the last 17 years, helped small and medium-sized UK charities win the profile and funding they need in order to move forward. Winners this year will each receive: £1,000; a new PC from Jigsaw Systems; free consultancy support, courtesy of NCVO's consultancy service; and a tailored package of media services from Media Trust.

So if you know of a small charity deserving of such recognition, click the following link for further details

Next 2 BEF meetings around transport & local food

Both at Cnet, 385 Canal Road, Frizinghall

7th July 9am for a 9.30 start to 11.30 – Agenda around transport, particularly cycling. This will feed in to the Environment Partnership meeting on Mon 13th July which has the same agenda.

16th September 12.30 to 14.30 – Agenda around Local Food

May BEF meeting minutes posted

Find the minutes of the BEF meeting in May at this link. (word doc -54kb)

All BEF minutes are available to members of BEF in the members menu on the right hand side once signed in.

The next two meetings have been set. Please see the minutes for details.

Calderdale Seeds Project temporary seasonal worker vacancy

The Calderdale Seeds Project intends to employ a temporary seasonal worker to help continue the project, the job profile is detailed below. Expressions of interest in the form of a current CV and brief 'pen portrait' to be received by 5.00 p.m. Monday 18th May 2009 please. Up to 3 candidates will be invited for discussion with the Project Officer and representative(s) from our Steering Group (ideally later that week). Appointment will be effective from week beginning Monday 25th May 2009.

Please send any applications to Ann Blackburn at


Personal profile

Essentially, someone;
· With a full, clean, driving licence and their own transport
· That pays attention to detail, is motivated, flexible and has a sense of humour
· With a keen interest in grassland biodiversity and/or a willingness to learn
And ideally, someone;
· Relatively local to the Project area i.e. communities around the Midgley/Warley Moor ‘fringe’
· With an understanding of upland agriculture and the important role that it plays in land management
· With some natural history ID skills e.g. birds, butterflies, bees or plants

Outline draft work Programme

· Undertake soil sampling ‘in field’ and dispatch these to labs for analysis with Project Officer
· Undertake ‘receptor’ site surveys e.g. assess their species and/or structural diversity, and take photographs with Project Officer
· Identify possible ‘donor’ sites e.g. fields, road verges, church yards or reserves

· Attend Midgley Fair on 13th June with Project Officer and/or other Steering Group members
· Undertake ‘donor’ site surveys e.g. assess their species diversity, and take photographs with volunteers
· Undertake Phase I ‘receptor’ site surveys e.g. assess their species diversity, and take photographs with volunteers

· Harvest seed from ‘donor’ sites then sieve, bag, weigh, label and store it, as necessary, with Project Officer/volunteers

· Monitor management of ‘receptor’ sites prior to enhancement with Project Officer
· Organize, facilitate and attend a promotional event with Project Officer and other Steering Group members

· Allocate seed for enhancement work with Project Officer
· Undertake ground preparation and seed ‘receptor’ sites with Project Officer/volunteers

Up to 1 day per week (8 hrs)
Appointment by end-May until end-September 2009 (16 weeks)
£6 per hour + mileage at 40p per mile

Training and/or guidance will be tailored to suit individuals needs; including time ‘shadowing’ Project Officer
The Seasonal (Temporary) Worker will be self-employed and responsible for looking after their own tax, NICs and any VAT affairs.