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Sustainability Coordinator

Facilities - Engineering and Maintenance
Salary:   £27,116 to £33,309
Closing Date:   Wednesday 15 December 2021
Interview Date:   Wednesday 12 January 2022
Reference:  N2777

Lancaster University has established itself as a world player in research and teaching and is among the best in the UK, with a top 10 ranking in UK league tables, as well as being highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings.  Students from one hundred countries make up a thriving community based on our 225- hectare parkland campus. 

The main campus is located 1km south of Lancaster and is easily accessible via road, rail and bicycle. The city centre is just 15 minutes away by bus, and recently ranked one of the top 10 most vibrant cities in the UK thanks to its arts scene and student population. Our award winning Facilities Division operate across campus to maintain and develop our buildings, and provide vital support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Find out more here.

Lancaster University are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and knowledgeable individual to join the Environment & Sustainability Team as Sustainability Coordinator.   

Working within Facilities Estates Operations, the Sustainability Coordinator will take a key role in the Environment and Sustainability Team, with duties across a range of environmental sustainability operational activities, projects and behavior change events and initiatives.  They will manage day-to-day operational waste activities including supervision of waste contractors, and lead development, implementation and communication of Facilities environmental sustainability behavior change activities for staff & students, delivered under the Green Lancaster initiative.  The role will also involve assistance in coordination and facilitation activities with Faculty and Departmental sustainability teams, assistance with the maintenance of the Facilities Environmental Management System and certain sustainable travel activities and projects.

Candidates will have a passion for, and good understanding of, environmental sustainability related issues and environmental management in the HE Sector.  Candidates would be expected to show initiative, and possess planning and organisation skills, be able to prioritise and manage variable workload to meet deadlines and demonstrate good communication skills..

Candidates will possess an appropriate academic qualification to degree level in an environmental management related discipline, or possess extensive experience in a similar role.  Candidates will have experience in environmental management in the HE/FE sector, in particular in relation to waste management and delivery of behaviour change activities and programmes for staff and students.   An understanding of, and experience in, the implementation and operation of environmental management systems, travel plan projects and initiatives and sustainability engagement is desirable.  

This is a great opportunity to help improve the environmental performance of a top 10 UK institution, and an exciting time to join the University to work on these issues.

This role offers the post-holder the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) via salary sacrifice. All staff are eligible to participate in the University’s sector leading flexible benefits scheme including salary sacrifice childcare vouchers, bicycle to work scheme, travel season tickets, dental insurance, healthcare cash plan, sports centre membership, vocational training courses.

The University can support combined home / onsite working arrangements providing that campus commitments take precedence.

For more information about the role please see the job description and person specification. For an informal chat about the role please contact Jon Mills, Carbon, Environment & Sustainability Manager at

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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