The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world. We are an organisation entirely made of young people (18-29) based in the UK who volunteer their time to fight climate change issues.

International Team

Are you young, full of energy, and committed to the fight for climate justice? Then we want you in our team!

Apply today to join the international team, meet and work with fellow youth activists and campaigners, empower other youths to join the movement, and attend climate gatherings in the UK and abroad, including COP23 in Bonn.

Check out our Delegation Pack, and fill in our application form (equal opportunities form on the second page). If you want to learn more about the team, you can also read a blog from Tara, who is part of the current international team.

 

Deadline to apply: 12th May 2017 at midnight

Please be aware that a selection day will take place in Leeds on 27th May 2017 for shortlisted candidates.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have a question, feel free to email us at: international.team@ukycc.org

Trustee

The Role: Finance Trustee, Legal Trustee and up to 3 Trustee that can support our work

The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) is a charity run entirely by a team of highly motivated young volunteers, all of whom are between the ages of 18  – 29, working together between other commitments to create a future which is happy, affordable, clean and safe.

We call ourselves the ‘organisers’ or ‘Organising Team’, and we seek advice, support and guidance from our Trustees.

The Board of Trustees exists to:

1. Offer support, guidance and friendship to the UKYCC team. Board members are encouraged to build active relationships with members of the Organising Team, as mentors and advisors;

2. Ensure that the UKYCC is working towards its strategic objectives of mobilising, uniting, empowering and inspiring young people to create a clean, just future. The Board of Trustees is designed to take a longer term view and to have a clearer perception of the overall progress being made, enabling the organisation to be more effective and strategic.

This is an 18 month, voluntary post. We are asking for a commitment to:

  1. 4 x per year: attend quarterly meetings of the full Board of Trustees. This will be in person (by skype if necessary) in a place convenient to the Board – most often in London. Travel expenses to these meetings can be provided.

  2. Around once a month: participation in relevant Skype calls with the UKYCC teams.

  3. Around once a week: to be responsive to requests from UKYCC Organising Team to provide advice or assistance with financial or legal matters (depending on role) – via phone, email, etc.

Key areas where the UKYCC Organising Team looks for support: 

  1. Monitoring & Evaluation – reviewing the impact UKYCC has had on individuals, the organisation and celebrating the change that UKYCC has brought about.  Understanding and learning from projects previously undertaken by UKYCC and using this to make recommendations for future work. Improving and supporting strong monitoring and evaluation throughout UKYCC.

  2. Long-term strategy – understanding and responding to the medium- and long-term opportunities, events, challenges and threats. In-depth analysis of the future climate, environmental, political and cultural landscape, to inform, support and develop UKYCC’s long term strategy.

  3. Human resources – support for the legal and financial security of the organisation, and the appointment, induction and transition of the Team Coordinators. Continual support for the UKYCC Organising Team and Team Coordinators in this respect.

Areas of responsibility

  • Oversee the long-term strategy of UKYCC and support the Team Coordinators and Organising Team to fulfil this.

  • Hold the organisation to account by ensuring the activities of UKYCC match a long-term strategy agreed between the Team Coordinators, Trustee Board and Organising Team in line with our mission statement, visioning statements and guiding principles.

  • The Board would provide the checks, balance and scrutiny of the Team Coordinators and UKYCC teams to ensure daily decisions are reflective and supportive of the organisation’s longer term strategy, security, and legal and financial well-being.

  • Support the long-term sustainability and relevance of the organisation.

  • Support the capture and sharing of institutional knowledge and learning throughout the organisation.

  • Fill knowledge gaps in the organisation (e.g. legal and financial)  and help locate advice or expertise.

Note: The Board is not an executive decision-making body. Responsibility for decision-making lies with the Team Coordinators in consultation with the Organising Team. The Board can however make recommendations and may ask why decisions have been taken.

If you want to commit to helping the UK Youth Climate Coalition to achieve our vision, and you have a financial or legal background or experience that could help us to stay on track, please send an email to lucy@ukycc.org with the subject line: FINANCE TRUSTEE or LEGAL TRUSTEE (depending on which post you would like to apply for).

Please list any experience relating to the following themes. We are not looking for extensive details, just a list will do!

  • Finance OR Law (essential);

  • Volunteering / pastoral skills (very desirable)

  • Politics in UK (desirable)

  • Campaign strategy & mobilisation (desirable)

  • Media / communications (desirable)

  • International climate politics (desirable)

  • Community energy / community activism (desirable)

  • Facilitation skills (desirable)

  • Experience of running small organisations (not essential but interesting!)

  • Knowledge/expertise in the field of climate science (not essential but interesting!)

  • Any other experience you think is relevant!

Please also tell us in 300 words why you would like to act as Trustee to the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

Applications will be discussed among the organising team and, if successful you will be invited for an interview over Skype.

To reiterate this is a fixed term post (18 months), voluntary. You can be based anywhere in the UK. We will also accept applications from those based elsewhere in Europe.

We strongly encourage applications from self-identifying women, people of colour and LGBTQA+ candidates, although all applications will be considered on their own merit. We are committed to breaking down all barriers to participation in the UK movement for Climate Justice and we do all we can to welcome everyone to engage fully, particularly people who are disabled or on a low income. Additionally, although we are a youth organisation, there is no age limit for our Trustees!

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS: 30th November 2016

This recruitment process is being conducted on a rolling basis so interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

For further information about this post please contact lucy@ukycc.org

 We look forward to hearing from you!

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Operations Team Coordinator

We are searching for a Co-ordinator of Operations.

Please see below for details about the position and information on how to apply.

The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world.

We are an organisation entirely made of young people volunteering who volunteer their time and it is vital that we have strong leadership to hold the team together.

The Co-ordinator take overall responsibility for the entire organisation and have a duty of care to safeguard our identity and unique position within the climate movement.  Whilst preserving what is special about UKYCC, they must develop, grow and move the organisation forward so that is becomes more effective and takes more positive action against climate change.

The role is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling but Co-ordinators must be prepared to take difficult decisions when it is demanded of them and to be able to communicate their actions in a way that unites our volunteers together rather than divides them.  The future for UKYCC is incredibly exciting and the new Co-ordinator must bring with them the creativity and inspiration that is required in leadership as well as the skills and knowledge to manage small and larger teams.

Within UKYCC we are organised into four teams: the UK team, the international team, the community team and the operations team. The operations team are reponsible for the smooth functioning of UKYCC, including our budget, email lists, and website admin. So as co-ordinator of the operations team, you’d be responsible for all of these essential functions.

Collective Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation.
  • Recruit, select, induct and manage the Organising Team and work daily to support, supervise, appraise and develop them in their individual roles.
  • Responsible for the vision and direction of the organisation.
  • Oversee the strategy and plan of action for achieving our aims and objectives.
  • Be the external face of the organisation with partners, government, organisation, business and young people.
  • Be the bridge between the Advisory Board, Organising Team and Members.
  • Take legal responsibility for our finances and fulfill the duties of the legal Directors of the company limited by guarantee.

Individual Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of Operations – Responsible for making sure that UKYCC runs smoothly, including looking after our finances, legal responsibilities and internal support so all organisers have the skills/tools they need.

Personal Specification:

  • The creativity to inspire team members and motivate them to achieve their full potential.
  • Management experience of small and larger teams is essential and an understanding of the style of leadership that is required for UKYCC specifically.
  • A desire to work as a group and lead a team of engaged young people.
  • A clear vision for where UKYCC should go next and the strategic understanding to be able to achieve that.
  • Fantastic interpersonal skills to be able to support team members on a professional and pastoral basis.
  • The ability to work independently in an organisation that primarily runs by email, Skype, and phone calls.

Technical information:

  • Applications must be aged between 18-29 and must live, study or work in the UK.
  • The role of UKYCC Co-ordinator is effectively a full time, unpaid internship that is split between four people making it a part-time commitment.
  • The role will take up to 5-10 hours per week.
  • This is an unpaid role.
  • You will be in office for a minimum of 12-18 months including one month handover from the previous Co-ordinates.

Applications:

UKYCC is run by a friendly team of volunteers and this application process has been set up so that we can get to know you and your passions.  There are no wrong or right answers, it’s just a way for us to get to know you better!
You must submit:

  • An up to date CV
  • cover letter. In your cover letter, please try to address the questions: ʻWhy do I want to be Operations Co-ordinator?ʼ and ʻWhat do you think the role of young people is in addressing climate change and creating a clean, fair future?ʼ
  • One reference from someone who has worked closely with you in a professional or voluntary capacity.  This should be no more that 500 words.
  • All applications should be sent to adil.qureshi@ukycc.org
  • Successful applicants will be interviewed by one of the current team Co-ordinators and the Chairs of UKYCC’s Board of Trustees

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is Monday 3rd April at 12pm


If you have any questions or problems with any part of the application process, please feel free to get in touch with us – coordinators@ukycc.org

Community Outreach Officer

The Community Team aims to inspire and enable young people from all over the country to get involved in tackling climate change at a local level. The Community Outreach Officer will help to maintain our links with other climate change campaigners and action groups and be responsible for coordinating the recruitment of the Local Catalysts.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining links with other community climate change campaigns and action groups
  • Taking a lead role in the recruitment of new Local Catalysts, with support from the rest of the Community Team
  • Use social media and the UKYCC website to promote the work that the Community Team is doing
  • Attend regular Skype calls with Local Catalysts and the UKYCC Community Team, approximately every two weeks.
  • Help with the development of training and creation of resources
  • Help plan and run future training events

Person Specification

Essential

  • A keen desire to be part of the solution to climate change
  • Commitment to this role for a minimum of nine months
  • Friendliness
  • Dependability

Non-essential but useful

  • Some experience of community action on climate change or other issues
  • Experience of campaigning
  • Experience working in a voluntary role
  • An understanding and respect for consensus ways of working
  • Teamwork and/or leadership experience
  • Good links with other climate change campaign and action groups

If this sounds like you then apply here.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join us!

Local Catalyst Coordinator

There are several coordinators within the Community Team. Together they are responsible for coordinating the Local Catalyst Network – a national network of individuals taking action on climate change within their communities. Each local catalyst coordinator is responsible for maintaining communication with a small number of Catalysts and giving them support where necessary. The Local Catalyst Coordinators facilitate the programme, but we recognise that our Catalysts have as much to learn from one another as they do from us, which very much shapes how the programme operates.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Regular communications with the four or so Catalysts you are assigned
  • Attend regular Skype calls with local catalysts and the UKYCC community team, approximately every 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Help with the development of training and creation of resources
  • Help plan and run future training events
  • Respond promptly to requests for support from Catalysts
  • Help plan and deliver the expansion of the programme, including the recruitment of new Catalysts in the near future.

Person Specification

Essential

  • A keen desire to be part of the solution to climate change
  • Commitment to this role for a minimum of a year
  • Friendliness
  • Dependability – you will be supporting a team of people and so responsiveness to e-mails and requests for guidance is essential.

Non-essential but useful

  • Some experience of community action on climate change or other issues
  • Knowledge of running workshops
  • Experience of campaigning
  • Experience working in a voluntary role
  • An understanding and respect for consensus ways of working
  • Teamwork and/or leadership experience

If this sounds like you then apply here.

Local Catalyst

Background

Are you looking to get organising to solve climate change in your community? The Local Catalysts Network is a space where you can get support from other young climate change campaigners to take action to fight climate change. It offers networking, training, resources and ongoing support to young people as they participate in the youth climate movement at a local level, in whichever way is most appropriate for them and their community.

The Local Catalyst Network is organised by the UKYCC Community Team. We aim to support the development of a strong, influential and diverse youth climate movement that, through action in communities across the UK, plays an important and active role in tackling climate change.

Local Catalyst Network members come from a range of backgrounds; they may be students, those in and out of work, seasoned climate change campaigners and those taking action for the first time. Support for Local Catalyst Network members is highly personalised, with one-on-one calls, regular group calls and training weekends.

We recognise that our Catalysts have as much to learn from one another as they do from us, which very much shapes how the network operates. In effect, we are building a team of community climate activists from across the country that support one another in fighting for our future and for a safe climate.

Still confused? Click here to find out what makes a Local Catalyst.

We are currently looking for new members to join the Local Catalyst Network. See below for details on what to expect when you join the Local Catalyst Network and information on how to apply.

Role Description

As a member of the Local Catalyst Network you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other like-minded climate change campaigners, take part in weekly Local Catalyst Network Skype calls and attend team meet-up events.
  • Collaborate with other young climate change campaigners on local action and campaigning in our communities.
  • Participate in the development of training materials and other resources.
  • Attend training events to help improve your skills in community organising and climate change topics (with the option to help plan and run future events).
  • Help plan and deliver the expansion of the network, including the recruitment of new members.

Who are we looking for?

Essential

  • A keen desire to be part of the solution to climate change.
  • Commitment to community-level climate change action and a commitment to take an active role in the Local Catalyst Network for a minimum of three months
  • Friendliness
  • Dependability – you will be part of a supportive team of volunteers so responsiveness to e-mails and other communications is essential
  • Aged between 18 and 29. (If you are under 18 and would like to get involved please email us at localcatalyst@ukycc.org and we will get in touch about options.)

Non-essential but useful

  • Some experience of community action on climate change or other issues
  • Knowledge of running workshops
  • Experience of campaigning or of working in a voluntary role
  • Some knowledge or experience of consensus ways of working
  • Teamwork and/or leadership experience

How to apply

We are currently recruiting new members and would love for you to get involved! To apply to join the Local Catalyst Network please email us at localcatalyst@ukycc.org. Please include in your email:

  • A short introduction to yourself, including you name, age, contact details (including Skype name if you have one) and where you live.
  • A brief answer to the question: “Why do you want to be part of a network of young people taking community-level action to fight climate change?” (Up to 250 words)

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We look forward to hearing from you and to working together on the fight against climate change. If you have any questions about the Local Catalyst Network please don’t hesitate to drop us an email on localcatalyst@ukycc.org.

More information

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Freelancer

UKYCC is occasionally slowed down by a lack of specialist skills or knowledge to perform certain tasks, and sometimes just requires a bit of extra support.

If you’re not interested in a full-time volunteering role, but might consider mucking in for a short time, helping with our ongoing local engagement work or providing a specific skill for a specific task (legal, financial, web design etc.) then you might want to consider joining our freelance list.

More information

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Are you thinking - How do we fit UKYCC work into our lives?

Adam: UKYCCer and full time student

“I joined UKYCC just as I started my first year of university at UCL. For me UKYCC is great in terms of balancing university commitments and volunteering; you only ever take on as on much as you want to. This meant that when I have a deadline or am frantically cramming, I’m not expected to do work I can’t, and conversely in the holidays I can volunteer to take on projects or tasks. Regular team meetings are via Skype, so whilst you might have to set aside one hour of your time, there isn’t the hassle of travelling anywhere or setting up any complicated software.
As for meet-ups or stunts, expenses can be covered and these are only about once every couple of months or so, and casual not obligatory. Its a role that can be flexible around your needs, and one I have no regrets in taking.”

Simon: UKYCCer and full time worker

“My boss really understands my passion for being involved with UKYCC and doing climate change action type stuff; giving me the freedom to check things during the day as long as I complete my work. I get home by 6pm and my night is a mixture – watching movies, scrolling through Reddit, UKYCC work, and actually going out and having a social life. Blending it into my day-to-day life works really well for me.”

Big thanks go to Environment Job, for hosting our volunteer opportunities on their site.

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