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Sustainability Strategy Assistant

An exciting job opportunity has arisen to become part of a joint initiative between the University’s Sustainability Team supported by Cambridge Zero.

The University of Cambridge is committed to making a positive impact through outstanding environmental sustainability performance. An underpinning principle of this vision is ‘to create a culture where the University community is engaged, empowered and supported in improving their personal and collective environmental sustainability practices.’ The Sustainability Team play a key role in meeting these aspirations and supporting a sustainable community

Cambridge Zero is the Universities major new climate initiative. It exists to maximise the University of Cambridge's contribution towards achieving a zero-carbon future by harnessing the full breadth of the Collegiate University's capabilities, developing solutions that work for our lives, our society and our economy.

The position will provide the opportunity to gain experience of working on current issues in climate change and the environment in a fast-paced and impactful environment. The role holder will have access to real-life institutional issues and the professionals that handle them and will be fully integrated into the work of the University’s Sustainability Team, supported by Cambridge Zero.


To support the development of the University’s Sustainability Strategy by understanding perspectives towards sustainability through consultation across the University.

Vacancy description

The University is currently in the process of developing a Sustainability Strategy, which will replace the current Environmental Sustainability Policy and Strategy. The University would like to consult with staff, students and external stakeholders in order to develop a strategy that: addresses the University’s material sustainability impacts; has buy-in from across the University; and empowers the University community to work to support the aims of the strategy.

This project will involve developing and implementing a programme of consultation, including surveys, focus groups and interviews, analysing the results and reporting on findings. It will also involve undertaking research into leading Sustainability Strategies within other organisations and summarising the findings. The person completing this assignment will be invited to share their recommendations on how the findings from their work could be incorporated into the new Sustainability Strategy. The work will be embedded within the Sustainability Team and will work with colleagues from across the University to develop this project. 

Person Specification: 

  • This position is not discipline-specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and sustainability issues as well as a passion for the subject 
  • Experience of quantitative and qualitative social research methods 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and experience of meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines 
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a way that is appropriate to the target audience 
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage simultaneous projects 
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised 
  • Able to use standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage

Salary: £15.53/hour (Grade 6)

Contract: Temporary

Start Date: TBC

Duration: 6 months

Location: Virtual

Link to Application Form:

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email

Application Details  

Please fill out the application form linked from the vacancy description by clicking on the link and filling out the form. There is no way to save the form and come back to it so please be ready to complete your application when you start it. 

All applicants must be based in the UK and are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th January 2022 at 9am 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are likely to be held during the week commencing the 24th January 2022.