Green Arts Officer

Green Arts officer – Job description, person specification and application details

Job title: Green Arts officer
Reports to: Caro Overy, Green Arts Manager
Salary: £27,321, plus a contribution to a personal pension of 3% of salary
Start date: 1 August 2022


Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) believes in the power of the arts and culture to help achieve sustainability in Scotland and the world. The arts inspire, illuminate, communicate, educate, entertain and encourage new ways of thinking and shared experience – all attributes needed to tackle climate change. That’s why we support individuals and organisations in the arts and culture sector to be sustainable themselves and to lead and influence climate action through their creative work, including by collaborating with environmental experts and organisations working directly on climate change.

We are a nimble, positive, influential and growing charity in a dynamic field. We are experiencing great demand and enthusiasm for our work in carbon emissions reduction and climate change adaptation from both the cultural and the climate change sectors. Our founding partners are the Edinburgh Festivals, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network. We receive significant long-term funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

We recently worked with Creative Scotland to help write its bold and ambitious Climate Emergency and Sustainability Plan, which places the creative and cultural sectors as key agents of change in the transformation to a sustainable Scotland. It will shape Creative Scotland’s funding, policy and work until 2045, and ours as well.

The Green Arts team

The Green Arts team within CCS works with cultural organisations to support them in addressing the climate emergency through practical action on emissions reduction, adapting to climate impacts, and working with their wider influence among artists and audiences. Main programme strands are:

• Green Arts: Providing tools, resources and training that equip and enable cultural organisations to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts in the context of a just transition to a lower carbon future. The main vehicle for this is our flagship 350-member community of practice and knowledge-sharing network the Green Arts Initiative.
• Carbon Management for Culture: Providing best practice guidance, tools and resources for cultural organisations to understand and manage their greenhouse gas emissions as well as direct support and coordination of environmental reporting for some groups of organisations with reporting requirements
• Beyond Scotland: Sharing our knowledge and experience and learning from others within the UK and internationally about how culture can practically address the climate emergency

In 2022 we’re relaunching the Green Arts Initiative, holding a Green Arts Conference to bring the sustainable arts community together, developing digital tools and resources and supporting organisations with environmental reporting.

Creative Carbon Scotland employment approach

CCS aims to be a friendly, collaborative employer where the team knows they are supported, valued and respected. We offer flexible working arrangements to balance employees’ personal circumstances with the needs of the organisation and we facilitate training and development opportunities identified with each individual. As a result, we have a great team of knowledgeable, friendly and committed people producing work of a very high standard. CCS has grown in the last few years, as our work is valued by both the cultural and climate change sectors amid the widespread demand for innovative ways to reach sustainability.

Employment details

Job title: Green Arts officer

Salary: £27,321 + 3% of salary in pension contributions

Reports to: Caro Overy, Green Arts Manager

Responsible for: N/A

Hours: Full time. This means a 35-hour week with a degree of flexibility on both sides, as some evening and weekend work may be required and busy periods may call for extra hours, with time taken off in lieu during quieter periods.

Flexible working and job sharing: Creative Carbon Scotland welcomes proposals for flexible working or job share, subject to the needs of the role being satisfactorily fulfilled.
Holidays: 20 days plus 10 public holidays to be taken at times agreed with the line manager.

Place of work: CCS is based at City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, but remote and hybrid working is the norm at present. Travel throughout Scotland may be required if government guidelines and personal health concerns permit.

Contract and notice period: This is a permanent contract dependent on continued funding. A probationary period of three months will apply, following successful completion of which the full contract will be confirmed. The notice period is two months for both employer and employee.

Secondments: Creative Carbon Scotland is very willing to consider a secondment for this role where this will embed climate change knowledge and work within the cultural sector.

Equipment: CCS is a BYOD (bring your own device) organisation. A laptop and mobile phone will be provided if required. Additional equipment will be provided in line with CCS policies if needed to support a healthy working from home workstation.

Staff benefits: Creative Carbon Scotland offers annual salary increments, a salary sacrifice scheme for bicycles and IT equipment, a WFH heating & lighting allowance, and confidential access to mental health counselling. 

The role

Job description 

Main purpose of job:

• Leading the development and delivery of training and events within the Green Arts unit, in particular with members of our flagship Green Arts Initiative, and contributing to the wider Green Arts programme


• Designing, delivering and evaluating training and events for cultural organisations addressing the climate emergency (40%). Training topics will include:
o Carbon management for culture (aligning with the work of the Green Arts development officer)
o Adapting to climate impacts through cultural work
o Working with cultural influence among artists and audiences to achieve environmentally positive outcomes
• Working with the Green Arts and Edinburgh Festivals officer to support the development and growth of the 350-member Green Arts Initiative, Creative Carbon Scotland’s membership community for cultural organisations (40%) through: 
o Providing high-quality virtual, physical and hybrid events and spaces for members across Scotland to connect with each other to share skills and experience
o Working with members to platform their knowledge and experience in case studies and resources
o Holding one-to-one meetings with GAI members to understand and respond to their specific environmental needs
• Providing support for cultural organisations with required environmental reporting, including one-to-one meetings and workshops (10%)
• Contributing to the wider Green Arts programme including our Carbon Management for Culture and Beyond Scotland work strands through giving talks and presentations and bringing together relevant research and knowledge (5%)
• Contributing to the wider Creative Carbon Scotland team in response to the organisation’s strategic and administrative needs (5%)

Person specification

Essential characteristics

1. Wide experience in developing and delivering training programmes, ideally within the sustainability field
2. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences
3. Excellent skills and wide experience in the development, production and publication/ dissemination of written, video and other resources
4. Event management skills and experience, including budget management
5. The ability to form strong relationships and partnerships with colleagues and external individuals and organisations
6. A commitment to equalities, diversity & inclusion (EDI) and its intersection with climate justice
7. Flair and imagination
Desirable characteristics
8. Strong and up to date knowledge of carbon management and climate change adaptation for organisations, ideally in relation to SMEs
9. An awareness of and a commitment to the role of arts and culture in addressing climate change

Application process 

The application process is as follows:

1. Applications must be made through the CCS website unless you have difficulty accessing or using the website (see Accessibility below). 
2. Please study the job description and person specification closely and ensure that you demonstrate clearly in the application form how your skills and experience meet them.
3. Complete the online application form on the CCS website and the separate anonymous online Equality Monitoring Survey by Sunday 29 May 23:59.
4. Confirm on the application form that you have completed the Equality Monitoring Survey. The survey is anonymous and the information provided will not affect your application in any way.

Once you submit your application through the online form you will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt – please contact us on if you do not. Shortlisted candidates will be invited by email to interview by Monday 6 June. Interviews will be held on Microsoft Teams or in person in Central Edinburgh during the week commencing 13 June. We expect to make an offer by Monday 27 June and for the selected candidate to begin work on 1 August or on a date to be agreed.

Once the appointment has been made, we will offer feedback to all applicants by email, starting around 27 June.

In summary, the anticipated schedule is:

Application deadline: 29 May
Invitation to interview: issued to those on the shortlist by 6 June via email
Interviews: virtually via MS Teams OR in person during the week commencing 13 June
Candidate commences: 1 August or as agreed
Feedback: offered to all applicants via email from around 27 June

Accessibility, equalities and data protection

CCS wants to increase the diversity of our team so that people with a range of views and experiences contribute to our thinking. Before we pass your application to our recruitment panel we will remove your personal data to help them avoid conscious or unconscious bias during the short-listing process. 


Applications will only be accepted via the application form on our website, but we are happy to make alternative arrangements if you have any problems in using the site (for example, if you are experiencing digital exclusion or have specific accessibility requirements). If we can help you with this please write to or phone/text 07976 210288 during working hours to seek assistance in good time before the closing date of 29 May. Please note that Alexis works Tuesday to Thursday and may not reply on other days. Your interactions with us on accessibility will remain confidential and will not be shared with the recruitment panel.


Creative Carbon Scotland promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from everyone with suitable skills and experience and we will make reasonable adjustments where necessary to enable people with particular needs or requirements to work with us. Our Equalities Policy and Safe Working Statement are available on our website. Please remember to complete Equality Monitoring Survey

Data protection

We will only use the personal data you provide in your application for the purpose of completing this recruitment process. All records created during the course of this process will be permanently deleted once the appointee is under contract. For more information on how we handle your data, take a look at our Data Protection and Information Security policy.

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