Could you be the new Closing Loops Community Composting coordinator?

LESS and FoodFutures is seeking a compost enthusiast to support us in developing and delivering the Closing Loops Project: stimulating a regenerative food economy in North Lancashire.

To apply please email anna@lessuk.org with a cover letter (two pages maximum), your curriculum vitae (CV) and details of two referees by the 25th February 2022. Please refer to the  Closing Loops Composting Coordinator Jan 2022 Job Description and Person Specification when writing your cover letter.

Background to FoodFutures and this role

FoodFutures is North Lancashire’s award-winning regional food partnership. It is working to build a collaborative community of practitioners, policy makers and researchers working on food matters in the local area. It is made up of representatives from the local farming community, local food businesses, the public sector, Lancaster City Council, NGOs, community food groups and our local academic institutions, including Lancaster University.

In 2019 the partnership was awarded a Bronze Award from the National Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) network (now known as Sustainable Food Places (SFP)) and has since been working towards a Silver Award.

As part of this work, FoodFutures has facilitated a food strategy co-development process. This led to the launch of ‘Our FoodFutures: a community food strategy for North Lancashire’ in 2021:foodfutures.org.uk/food-strategy

Since the strategy launch, the partnership has sought funding to practically take forward elements of the strategy. The Closing Loops project and this role is the outcome of this work so far.

This role will work closely with the FoodFutures partnership to take forward elements of this community food strategy as part of the Closing Loops project – a 5 year project funded by the National Lottery Climate Action Fund.

The four key intended outcomes for this project are:

1. Zero waste initiatives, closed loop enterprises and sustainable consumption lifestyles start to become normalised and a source of local inspiration for people of all backgrounds [Images].
2. There is increased access to opportunities to learn about and develop the skills needed to support, be supported and initiate zero waste initiatives, regenerative enterprises, sustainable consumption and lifestyle practices [Skills].
3. Locally sourced, seasonal, sustainably produced and packaged food and other goods are more accessible across the District and infrastructure is in place to support a range of people and organisations to re-distribute, compost, re-sell, re-purpose and re-cycle ‘waste’ [Stuff].
4. There is a thriving Re-Economy in which local communities are shaping a local, regenerative economy in terms of local enterprise but also community networks, community assets, resource sharing and projects. Collective learnings, social and carbon impacts of this project are captured, evaluated and shared widely to inform wise climate action elsewhere [Scaling Out].

For more information about FoodFutures and LESS see www.foodfutures.org.uk and lessuk.org

The timetable for this recruitment is as follows:

  • Application closing date: 25th February 2022
  • Short-listing: w/c 28th February 2022
  • Interviews: 7th and 9th March 2022
  • Starting date: 4th April 2022 subject to negotiation

If you are short-listed for an interview, you will be notified by email and telephone. You may be required to undertake a short summary exercise and bring it to the interview. We will forward more details to you prior to the interview.

How to apply

To apply please email anna@lessuk.org with a cover letter (two pages maximum), your curriculum vitae (CV) and details of two referees by  the 25th February 2022.  Please refer to the Closing Loops Composting Coordinator Jan 2022 Job Description and Person Specification when writing your cover letter.

Expressions of interest can be emailed to anna@lessuk.org with your cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV) and details of two referees by the 25th February 2022. Please refer to the Closing Loops Community Composting coordinator Job Description and Person Specification when writing your cover letter.

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