Green Arts officer

  • Full time
  • £27,231
  • Edinburgh (currently hybrid)
  • Closing 29th May 2022

  • Advertised from 5th May 2022
  • 35 hours per week, flexible
  • Contribution to a personal pension of 3% of salary


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.

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%)

Application notes

A Job Pack is available for download below.

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