Behaviour Change Officer – Recycling and Waste - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £30,208 per annum
Closing date: 28 Apr 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16459
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Behaviour Change Officer – Recycling and Waste

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £30,208 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note that this is a fixed term contract opportunity until March 2026.

The Opportunity

Join the Circular Economy and Strategy Team in our mission to transform Essex into a Safer, Greener, and Healthier County. We’re dedicated to minimising the impact on the environment by supporting residents to reduce waste and increase the amounts recycled, and by working with others to deliver a more circular economy.

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As Behaviour Change Officer, you’ll support delivery of projects, communication campaigns, reuse and recycling initiatives and partnership activities. The role is on the front line of waste prevention, recycling and environmental activities, delivering direct communications and interventions to the public.

We are seeking an organised and highly motivated individual to join our team and support engaging and innovative external campaigns and interventions that deliver lasting behaviour change.

Join us in creating a brighter, more sustainable future for Essex!

What will you be doing?

As Behaviour Change Officer, you will create engaging content for a range of communication channels in line with corporate and campaign branding guidelines. You will be responsible for day-to-day management and audience development for social media, website and electronic newsletter.

Your role will support delivery of interventions and monitor the effectiveness and impact of communications and activities. The Officer will ensure customer enquiries, information requests and transactions are managed to a high quality and within agreed timescales. Working in a project environment you will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and partners.

What’s in it for you?

  • Healthy work life balance; flexible and hybrid working options.
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities
  • IT equipment and home-working equipment supplied.
  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays + choice to buy extra.
  • Generous Local Government Salary related pension scheme
  • Access to hundreds of discounts and benefits through Essex Rewards
  • Access to our health and wellbeing support platform with Vita Health Group
  • Up to 4 days per annum volunteering leave
  • Life assurance of three times annual salary
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Private health and dental care plans

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Educated to A level or equivalent by experience.
  • Advanced skills in written and oral communication. Confident in engaging with a broad variety of audiences via a range of channels and within brand guidelines.
  • Microsoft Outlook, TEAMS, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint knowledge and experience of using at an intermediate level. Understanding of other relevant software applications e.g. image or video editing or mapping software.
  • Competent user of social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and scheduling platforms (e.g. Hootsuite). Experience of website editing using a content management system.
  • Experience in use of data management systems and analysis including analysing data from social media channels and Google Analytics.

Desirable :

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of working in a political environment, skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational and cross-partner perspective.
  • A broad interest and understanding of waste management, environmental issues and wider circular economy issues.

If you would like to find out more about the role and how the team support sustainability for a Greener Essex, we will be holding a Virtual Recruitment Fair on Thursday 25th April 10am to 11am - To reserve your space please click this link or alternatively contact

Interview details

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 7th and 9th May 2024 at County Hall in Chelmsford.

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What you should do next

Click on our APPLY button and you could soon be embarking on a career-defining journey with Essex.

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