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job Opportunities

 

We’re recruiting! Working together for energy efficient homes, Marches Energy Agency has nearly 25 years of experience in helping householders keep warm and well at home.  We are an independent, Shropshire-based charity with a remote staff and reach across the Midlands.  As our service continues to develop, our friendly team is now seeking to add enthusiastic, motivated and compassionate staff to help us grow and address these challenges. You will join around 20 staff, office based and working remotely across the Midlands. We are looking to fill the following roles:

  • Intern (Energy Advice Team) – £18,000 pro rata per annum
  • Community Outreach Worker – £19,545 - £22,697 pro rata per annum

Intern (Energy Advice Team)
Salary: £18,000 pro-rata per annum
Location: Flexible between Shrewsbury office and home working
Hours of work: Up to 37.5 hours per week.
Leave: 24 paid days pro-rata per annum + bank holidays.
Duration: One-year contract, with scope for permanent employment subject to funding.
Training: On the job training and support will be provided to you, including undertaking Level 3 NVQ in energy awareness and day-to-day supervision to ensure you feel comfortable and supported in your work.

Role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised intern to support our Energy Advice Teams, principally in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

This is a varied role which will give you experience of MEA’s work across the organisation.  You will assist a team of Energy Advisors and Project Managers who work on a wide range of projects providing advice to householders and helping them accessing grants for energy efficiency improvements to the home by working with contractors and other agencies.

Your tasks will include giving basic energy advice, booking home visits, data inputting, and attending events.  Over the year, you will also gain experience of marketing and communications, including social media.  MEA is a welcoming and inclusive organisation which seeks the input and experiences of all team members into organisational decisions.

This role would suit someone looking to develop a career in the charitable/ sustainability/ energy sector and obtain experience of aspects of project management.

Person specification:

  • A degree or equivalent level qualification in a relevant subject.
  • Aspirations to build a career in this sector or a similar field.
  • Willingness work on a wide variety of tasks as required, picking up new information quickly and delivering to a high standard.
  • Be able to communicate clearly, both in writing and verbally, with a range of different audiences including vulnerable householders and contractors.
  • Be competent in the use of IT, including remote working tools such as MS Teams.
  • Be a good team player able to work both as part of a largely remote team and unsupervised.
  • Have excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Be able to show a reasonable level of understanding of energy efficiency in the home, and a clear willingness to learn more.
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to, and understanding of, our climate and ecological crisis.

Application process: Send CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in the job and how you meet the person specification above to philiptowers@mea.org.uk
Deadline: 9am on Monday 27th September
Interviews: Monday 4th October

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Community Outreach Worker

Salary: £19,545-£22,697 pro rata per annum
Location: Flexible between Shrewsbury office and home working
Hours of work: Up to 37.5 hours per week.
Leave: 24 paid days pro-rata per annum + bank holidays.
Duration: One-year contract with opportunity to extend further, subject to funding.
Training: On the job training and support will be provided to you, including undertaking Level 3 NVQ in energy awareness and day-to-day supervision to ensure you feel comfortable and supported in your work.

You will be part of a team that visit people in their homes, providing and fitting low-cost measures such as LED bulbs, cold alarms, and reflective radiator foils. You will also give advice by telephone and at community events, building links with organisations and leaders to reach those who will benefit from our service most. You will provide guidance around tariff switching, fuel debt advocacy, heating controls, energy bills, energy efficiency measures, renewable energy options and grant funding. Guiding householders into the best pathways, you will support them to achieve the right outcomes.

Person specification:

  • Deliver outstanding customer service to vulnerable customers and communities.
  • Be a good communicator able to listen and empathise with a wide range of householders, and to respond with accurate and appropriate advice and support around energy efficiency, both in person and on the phone.
  • Be a good team player able to work both as part of a small team and unsupervised.
  • Have excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Be able to show a reasonable level of understanding of energy efficiency in the home, and a clear willingness to learn more.
  • Be competent in the use of IT, including remote working tools such as MS Teams.
  • Have good practical skills, including the ability to fit small energy saving measures such as power down devices, radiator foils and draught proofing. Training will be provided on the specific measures.  Ideally demonstrate that you have relevant work experience gained either through the charitable, health or social care sectors, or through the business world.
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to, and understanding of, our climate and ecological crisis, and to our values
  • Full driving license. Use of a vehicle may be provided.
  • Be based in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
  • Ability to deliver presentations and training to partners would be an advantage.

Application process: Send CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in the job and how you meet the person specification above to philiptowers@mea.org.uk
Deadline: 9am on Tuesday 28th September
Interviews: Tuesday 5th October

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volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are a vital part of our team. Whether you are looking to build your CV, or want to share your knowledge and experience through a trusteeship and help us grow, we hope to provide a warm welcome for you at MEA. There is always plenty of free tea and coffee, and usually some biscuits too!

There are three types of volunteering opportunities at MEA:

  • Trustees
  • Internship placements of four or more months
  • Regular volunteering

Recruiting... Trustees

If you would like to help us deliver our work we have a vacancy available as a volunteer trustee on our Board. We are particularly seeking a trustee with a strong financial background to help with financial due diligence, ensuring we continue to remain well-governed.

Board meetings are quarterly and we require a minimum commitment of four half days a year to attend those meetings. There may be scope for additional work. This would be agreed between yourself and our Director. Although we don’t pay for your time, we will cover reasonable travel expenses.

If you are interested and would welcome an informal chat please contact our Director, Simon Ross, on 01743 277106 or email your CV to simon@mea.org.uk

Recruiting... Marketing & Promotion Intern

We are looking for an intern to join our team, based at our Shrewsbury office. The post holder will work with our Project Managers to promote our energy advice services. This will involve drafting social media content as well as articles and promotions for newsletters and other printed materials across our project areas.

The ideal candidate would be able to commit around 10 – 15 hours per week, some of which could be worked from home. This role is unpaid, however expenses, including travel, will be provided. The MEA team work in a supportive and collaborative way and we welcome candidates with fresh ideas and energy and a commitment to making them work.

For an informal chat about this role please call Davina on 01743 277124 or email your CV davina@mea.org.uk

Recruiting... Grant Support Volunteer

We are looking for a compassionate and organised volunteer to assist individuals with applications for grants. Many people who get in touch with us struggle to heat their homes due to inadequate heating, poor insulation or costly energy bills. Our Grant Support Volunteer will make a real difference to such individuals by helping them identify and make applications for funds on their behalf. If you like talking to people, have a basic knowledge of I.T, a few hours a week to spare and are looking for a worthwhile opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. The role is based at our Shrewsbury offices and training and expenses will be provided.

Please get in touch with Davina on 01743 277124 or email davina@mea.org.uk

Recruiting... Regular Volunteering

We’re looking for volunteers to support our work. Our volunteers undertake a variety of tasks including giving energy advice at events, helping with office administration and undertaking research. Before you start volunteering, we will draw up a role description with you, balancing our needs against your skills and what you would like to get out of the time you give.  You will ideally be looking to commit for at least a six month period, generally for half a day a week or more. We can pay reasonable travel expenses.

For an informal chat about our volunteering roles please call Davina on 01743 277124 or email davina@mea.org.uk