Diocesan Environment Officer

The Diocese of Southwark
£35,000 pro-rata
London Bridge
20 June 2024

For further information and the application procedure please visit The Diocese of Southwark

The Diocese of Southwark is committed to safeguarding the integrity of creation, by tackling climate change, reducing carbon emissions, becoming an Eco Diocese and embedding care for creation in our liturgy and worship. This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate, proactive individual to join the team as Diocesan Environment Officer, representing the Diocese at a national level and working with churches around the Diocese to achieve a greener future.

Main Responsibilities

  • To be an informed and knowledgeable advocate and champion for environmental issues across the Diocese, keeping up to date with the work of national environmental organisations and charities;
  • To take on the formal role of Diocesan Environment Officer, representing the Diocese in national groups, attending meetings and conferences and feeding back effectively to the Diocese; 
  • To engage parishes and Deaneries effectively on environmental issues, including written communications, website updates, delivering talks and organising events;
  • To be a focal point for parishes who need support in working on environmental issues, supporting individual Area Advisers on problems, ideas and best practice; maintaining a comprehensive list of useful resources for parishes, running monthly Eco Church surgeries, speaking at parish and Deanery events;
  • To initiate, develop and lead a network of Deanery Environmental Champions across the Diocese; and
  • To support the Head of JPIC in developing a plan to achieve Net Zero Carbon in the Diocese.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be passionate about caring for God’s creation and knowledgeable about current thinking in tackling climate change, ready with tips for individuals and churches whether that is reducing plastic, switching to renewable energy, greening the liturgy, or helping churches find information about heat pumps or solar panels. You will be willing and able to communicate your passion on social media and the website and also by running training events and webinars. You will enjoy working collaboratively and will thrive on the challenge of creating a network of Eco Champions across the Diocese, thinking creatively about how to engage schools and young people in this. You are self-motivated and highly organised, able to plan and track your work and manage competing deadlines effectively.

About us:

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team in the Mission Department [JPIC] is responsible for serving, supporting, leading and enabling parishes, deaneries, schools and communities in the Diocese of Southwark as they seek to live out the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marks of Mission. This post is focused on the 5th Mark of Mission: ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’. We do this by providing information, resources, plans and inspiration and walking alongside those doing this work in parishes, deaneries, schools and communities.

The Diocese has a strong commitment to equal opportunities and will not discriminate on the grounds of race, nationality, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief. Its employees are expected to abide by the Equal Opportunities Policy which embodies these principles.

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