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Food Waste Doorstep Supervisor OCC487030

Job details


Salary range: £19,650 - £20,444 per annum

Work location: The initial training will take place at County Hall, Oxford. The roles will be primarily field based at locations across Oxfordshire and transport will be provided from an agreed starting point to and around the working area each day.

Hours per week: 37 hours week over 5 days

Contract: Fixed term contract for 4 months, there may be the possibility of a short extension subject to project progress

Closing date: This advert is open-ended and may close at short notice, we therefore encourage applicants to submit application as soon as possible



To increase Oxfordshire’s household food waste recycling rate and reduce our impacts on climate change, we’re recruiting a team of staff to work with us over the summer.


If you’re considering a career in environmental or social sciences, this could be a great opportunity to get experience and develop your knowledge in this vital area.



About us


Oxfordshire County Council arranges the disposal and recycling of household and other wastes collected by the District Councils. We have had the highest recycling rate of any County Council in England for the last eight years.

A key part of Oxfordshire’s high recycling performance is the food waste recycling service that is provided to all households. Although more than 25,000 tonnes of household food waste are recycled each year, around the same amount is still disposed of in household rubbish bins.


About the role


We are looking for three full time Food Waste Doorstep Supervisors to work across Oxfordshire.


In the role, you’ll be talking to householders about food waste recycling, motivating and persuading more people to take part. You'll provide service information, food caddy liners and, if they are not yet recycling their food waste, encourage them to start.


As well as speaking with householders, you will be responsible for work and route planning, managing complaints and monitoring progress against team objectives to report back to the Council’s waste strategy team. In addition, you will also be responsible for a hired electric vehicle to safely transport the project team and supplies to the working area.


About you


As a Doorstepping Supervisor, you will need to:


  • be reliable;
  • be self-motivated;
  • have good time-keeping skills;
  • work effectively and safely as part of a small team;
  • have a good standard of literacy and numeracy,
  • be able to manage, interpret and record information and follow instructions provided;
  • communicate professionally and confidently with members of the public and project team members. 


Good interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and motivate householders to recycle their food waste are crucial for this role. Experience of similar work is desirable, however full training will be given.


Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development. 


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering. 


Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Mark Watson, Waste Strategy Projects Officer on 07881 268210


Application Procedure


To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking Apply Now. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.  


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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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