Assistant Community Engagement Officer

This role is funded by the Government's Kickstart scheme, so is only open to people aged 16-24 that are Universal Credit. Applicants must ask to be referred to the role by their Job Centre work-coach before applying. Only applicants that cite a valid DWP Kickstart referral number in their application will be selected for interview.

Trees for Cities is an independent charity that engages local people to plant and protect trees in towns and cities worldwide. We are the only charity working internationally to improve lives by planting urban trees. We cultivate lasting change in urban neighbourhoods and revitalise forgotten spaces, creating healthy, leafy, liveable cities. In recognition of our impact, Trees for Cities is the first environmental organisation to have been awarded a social value management certificate in the UK.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic young person to join our busy Community Engagement team. The successful candidate will work directly with local London communities who will be the recipients of our urban forest and tree planting planting projects. This will require someone who can support our team on the preparation and delivery of mainly outdoor activities for children, young people and adults. The range of activities may include helping to plant new urban woodlands, looking after our recently planted trees to ensure they survive hot dry summers and cold wet winters, harvesting fruit from our older orchard planting and foraging woodlands, helping our experienced team coordinators to deliver school assemblies, talking to local residents about our new projects and assisting with wildlife workshops.

All of these activities will support our varied programme of planting trees across London for and alongside local communities. This programme needs people who are happy to work in both office and outdoor environments. You will learn how to approach members of the community, and how to explain our projects and ideas to people and how to encourage and invite people to take part in our activities.

You will work closely with and be supported on a daily basis by the Community Engagement Manager and two coordinators who will be with you on site when we are working in public spaces.

How to apply

Please send the following documents to by 5 pm on Monday 31st May 2021:

  • CV / Personal Statement
  • A cover letter that includes a paragraph on the following: i) An introduction to yourself; ii) Why you want to work as an Assistant Community Engagement Officer; iii) What skills and experiences you can bring to this role; iv) Why you want to work for Trees for Cities
  • Please also complete the Race to Nature diversity survey here: This is required as part of your application

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For more information please see the Race for Natures Recovery website.