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Big Solar Coop Project Officer Job advertised

Work with a UK-wide network of activists to build the community solar movement, empowering people to tackle the climate crisis with practical action in their neighbourhood.  


Sharenergy is a not-for-profit co-operative helping people to set up new community-owned renewable energy societies. Sharenergy works across the UK and across the technologies. Founded in 2011, we have worked with over 100 community energy groups and have been instrumental in establishing many successful and innovative projects.

We are recruiting a Project Officer to work on the development of the Big Solar Co-op, a new and exciting community energy project with a UK-wide scope.

The Job

The Project Officer will join the small and dedicated Sharenergy team. Working with our experienced development staff and with leading lights of the UK community energy movement across the UK you will work to develop and deliver the ambitious Big Solar Co-op project.

You will deliver a wide range of services, with support from the rest of our team where required. Key tasks will include:

  • Development of a large-scale mutually supportive network-based co-op
  • Setting up and running events and online meetings in various formats
  • Co-ordination of the training of volunteers
  • Delivery of project marketing and communications
  • Liaison with technical, legal and communications experts

The role will involve a steep learning curve as this is an ambitious project and the community solar sector is evolving at speed. You will need to be able to travel several days a week and will frequently be called upon to work outside office hours to suit volunteer schedules.


The Project Officer will need to have at least 5 years experience within the voluntary or co-operative sectors. You will need to show practical experience in setting up and running voluntary networks with diverse participants. You will have great interpersonal skills, combining professionalism and warmth.

You will need to have a good grasp of the theory and practice of renewable energy – you don’t need to be a solar expert (yet!) but you will need to be familiar with the wider sector. Prior involvement in community energy is a bonus but not a requirement.

You will have worked in a commercial or social business environment and have a good command of financial, policy and project management fundamentals.

You will need to be fired up to find practical solutions to the climate crisis.


Location: The role is based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, but we are happy to accept applications from candidates who are based elsewhere.

As we are working with community groups throughout the UK, travel for site visits and meetings is a constant aspect of the role and the successful candidate may expect to travel on 2 or 3 days a week.

Hours: Nominally normal office hours. However it is often necessary to attend meetings in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. There will be need for the occasional overnight stay. Applicants need to be flexible and willing to work around the needs of the projects.

Employment: Full-time 3–year fixed term contract, which may be renewed.

Salary:   £24,000 per annum.

Holidays: 25 days plus statutory holidays.

Notice Period: There is a 6-month probationary period during which notice period is 1 month on either side. After that a notice period of 3 months applies.

Office and Equipment: Sharenergy will supply all necessary equipment.

Expenses: All expenses are reimbursed at cost against receipts. Mileage is paid when needed but, wherever reasonably possible, employees are encouraged to use public transport.

Closing Date: Closing date for all applications is 1700 on 9 September 2019. Please apply via Totaljobs