Graduate Behaviour Change Officer - Waste & Recycling - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £30,208.00 per annum
Closing date: 28 Apr 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16560
Role: Graduate
About the role

Graduate Behaviour Change Officer - Waste & Recycling

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £30,208.00 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 22nd April 2024

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

Are you a graduate with an interest in helping transform Essex into a safer, greener and healthier county? Are you looking to expand your knowledge and start a career in this sector? Whether you're a recent graduate eager to kickstart your career or an experienced professional looking for new challenges, we welcome candidates with diverse experiences and perspectives.


  • 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
  • Disability Confident Leader: we are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job
  • Up to 4 days per annum volunteering leave
  • A range of employee networks and communities to support staff and promote change. These include:
  • LGBTQ+ Employee Network
  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Differently Adept Working Network (DAWN)
  • Christian Network
  • Interfaith Forum
  • Young Person’s Network & Many more!

The Role:

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.

Find out more about the team here:

As a Graduate 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 a Graduate 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.

About you:

Essential requirement for the role:

  • Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree), or higher in any discipline.
  • 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.

Interview details:

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

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you need any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We are also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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Entry to Work:

How to apply:

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Additional Information:

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