Senior Behaviour Change Officer – Recycling and Waste - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £37,566 per annum
Closing date: 28 Apr 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16458
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Senior Behaviour Change Officer – Recycling and Waste

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £37,566 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note 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 Senior Behaviour Change Officer, you will be a key member of our team, responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating campaigns and interventions using insight and behavioural science techniques. Your role is on the front line of waste prevention, recycling and environmental activities, delivering direct communications and interventions to the public.

We are seeking a passionate individual to join our team who will champion the delivery of the Waste Reduction Behaviour Change programme ensuring ambitious waste reduction and increased recycling goals are met through lasting behaviour change.

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

What will you be doing?

As Senior Behaviour Change Officer, you will be responsible for managing and developing audiences for a variety of channels including social media, website, and electronic newsletter through the Love Essex brand.

Working in a project environment and applying behavioural science and insight, you will lead design and implementation of interventions and campaigns that will deliver sustained behaviour change.

The Senior Officer will evidence the impact of activities, capture learning and prepare replicable models and toolkits. You will play a significant role in gaining and maintaining the co-operation of 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.
  • 27 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 degree level or equivalent by experience.
  • Advanced skills in written and oral communication. Confident in engaging with a broad variety of stakeholders at different levels via a range of channels.
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively and including the ability to manage a range of complex situations and issues; very organised with good attention to detail and able to work on initiative.
  • Experience of working with brand guidelines when creating communications materials. Knowledge of report writing and delivery.
  • Evidence of experience of planning events, including engaging stakeholders, logistics and leading events on the day.
  • Knowledge in communications, research and data analysis to support design, development and evaluation of campaigns and initiatives.

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 the 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

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