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Kickstart Programme Assistant - Action for Conservation

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Posting date: 03 November 2021

Hours: Part time

Closing date: 30 November 2021

Location: Bristol, BS16QA

Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme

Job type: Temporary

To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.


Action for Conservation


This is an exciting role for a self-motivated individual who shares our passion for youth-led solutions to the climate and environmental crisis. You will be responsible for supporting our core programmes in South West England, where you will support, inspire and empower young people to connect with nature in new and exciting ways, design and deliver environmental action projects that benefit wildlife and people and have a voice on environmental issues that are relevant and exciting to them.

This placement is part of Race for Nature’s Recovery (, a new programme working to improve the diversity of the environmental sector. It is open to all young people that are eligible for Kickstart placements. We particularly welcome applications from young people who are: i) From BAME backgrounds; ii) Living in economically deprived areas of the UK; iii) Non-graduates.

About Action for Conservation

We are at a critical moment in our earth’s history, and it’s never been more important to empower every young person to fight for their future and the future of the planet. Action for Conservation is an innovative young charity using pioneering approaches to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. We work with young people from diverse backgrounds to build a youth movement committed to the earth.

Our commitment to diversity

Diversity is one of our core values as an organisation and we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We also recognise that the climate and ecological crisis disproportionately impacts minority and/or marginalised communities – yet these voices are largely underrepresented in the sector. Currently, the environmental sector is the second least diverse of all UK workforces, with only 3.1% of people employed from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (compared to 19.9% of the general workforce). If the environmental movement is to succeed in creating a greener future that supports our whole society, we need diverse voices at the heart of our work. We therefore encourage applicants from people currently underrepresented in the environmental movement to apply.


Experience working with young people.

Knowledge of environmental issues.

Experience organising events, workshops or other activities with members of the public.

Good knowledge of the region you will be working in and its unique challenges and opportunities. (desirable).

Satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure (we will organise this following your successful appointment).

The ability to inspire, motivate and relate to young people, especially those who are different to you, and get them excited about nature.

Good time management and organisational skills.

Good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

Confidence, enthusiasm and initiative.

Solutions orientated, proactive and highly organised, with a friendly outlook and the ability to multi-task across various programmes.






Internal support includes:

A bespoke personal and professional development plan, co-developed with you and your line manager, to identify and progress your training, development and career aims.

The opportunity to grow into the role, learn and develop on the job, and hopefully progress within the team as opportunities arise.

A robust training package including on-the-job finance and grants training, safeguarding training and other professional development opportunities.

Opportunities to experience and participate in our programmatic work.

Close-knit team working in one of the UK’s fastest-growing youth environmental charities, with frequent opportunities to take on more responsibility, gain experience and learn new skills.


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