Job vacancy: Love Food Hate Waste VCAP Project Officer

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Job Description

RoWAN Zero Waste Volunteer and Community Advocate

Project Officer (Love Food Hate Waste) 



£12/hr with 8hrs a week with potential for more, funding is running till June. Further funding applied for with notice in February on a further years funding.




Ross-shire Waste Action Network (RoWAN) is a community-based charity which encourages people and organisations to reduce waste. Further information on our activities is available on our website at and facebook RoWAN Zero Waste


RoWAN has been funded by Zero Waste Scotland, to work in Inverness and Alness (with work in Ross-shire) to encourage householders to:

  • recycle more,
  • reduce food waste and encourage people to use the food waste collection
  • repair and share


For this role the project officer’s will:


  • Provide householders with advice and support to help them recycle more and cut food waste with the help of locally based volunteers and community advocates and through a range of different ways of engagement.
  • Recruit and occupy volunteers and community advocates to help deliver these waste reduction messages (management is left to other officers)
  • Monitor & report to Zero Waste Scotland. Present reports to the Board on a monthly basis.
  • Work to the project budget.


 RoWAN is one of a number of voluntary organisations across Scotland delivering this programme. The job will involve working closely with the Highland Council to target particular areas where recycling rates are low.


Main duties of the post:



To deliver LFHW workshops in a variety of ways, cooking, presenting, food waste audits, workplace visits for zero waste lunches etc.


To support the development of a Junk Food café in Inverness using food from the Tesco and Fare Share donation scheme.


Work with the volunteers and community advocates to deliver a range of events such as talks, focus groups/workshops, stalls, competitions, visits to schools and door to door visits to provide advice to householders.


Liaise and work with the Highland Council waste management team and build up partnerships with community groups and other local organisations to assist the delivery of the project.

  • Recruit, co-ordinate and train Zero Waste Volunteers and community advocates and ensure all H&S and insurance guidelines are followed and understood by the Volunteers.
  • Regular communication with the volunteers and community advocates and provide ongoing support and development.
  • Proactively develop opportunities to deliver campaign messages, including sourcing events and identifying media opportunities.
  • Liaise with and following the guidance of the ZWS


Market and promote of the Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) messages, for example through use of the local press.

  • Undertake all administration tasks relating to the aspect of the project relevant to the role.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the role. This will include considering baseline, intermediate and end of project data from workshops, Highland Council recycling rates and survey information. The project officer will also be involved in gathering this information.


Report back to the RoWAN Management Committee and to ZWS as required.


Undertake financial reporting (expenses with receipts and invoicing) and ensuring project expenditure is within budget.


Undertake any other task appropriate to this post, as required by the RoWAN Management Committee.


Person specification




  1. Ability to cook safely with ingredients obtained close to their Use by date.
  2. Ability to cook pleasing meals to a budget.
  3. Ability to be flexible and imaginative with ingredient combinations. Check Real Junk Food project for ideas.
  4. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including presentation skills to enable effective engagement with individuals, community groups, partnership organisations, volunteers and funders.
  5. Ability to engage and motivate people.
  6. Experience in marketing, promotion and running events.


Strong organisational and administration skills including good computer skills (cloud and shared access files).


Self motivation, enthusiasm, the ability to use one's own initiative.


Experience of managing budgets, financial claims and reporting.


Access to transport and full driving licence.


Access to reliable broadband.


A mobile phone.






Food safety certificate at level 2 or greater. (Training available)


Experience of delivering training.


Experience of working with and managing volunteers.


Experience of working in partnership with other organisations.


An understanding of waste issues and waste management legislation


Experience of working at a community level.




Main terms and conditions


The 8 hours are to be divided into two events a week one of which must be in Inverness.

We have a store in Muir of Ord with sufficient equipment to allow 8 individuals to cook in a workshop at once.

We have promotional material and signage to use at events and photos and attendance records are to be taken with online reporting to ZWS.

To relay at least three useable behaviours from the Love Food Hate Waste website in your workshops. Cooking, Storing and Planning etc.

The work will generally be in community centres or gala events in the summer.

Record keeping would be done from home or hotdesking at a location agreed with Rowan.

You will be line managed by a member of RoWAN’s Management Committee. You will have support from the incumbent Project Officers, Admin officer and the board and volunteers.

Working hours will be agreed between the post holder and the RoWAN Management Committee. The post will involve some evening and weekend working.



Further Information


This post is subject to a satisfactory Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.


RoWAN has an Equal Opportunities Policy.


If you wish to have an informal discussion about the post please contact Russell Deacon on 07795314645 in the first instance or April Stevenson on 07716124919 or email


Applicants should send a copy of their CV and a covering letter indicating relevant skills and experience suitable to the post. Please include names and contact details (including email, phone and address if possible) for two referees. One should be your current employer or your last employer if not currently employed. Please ensure that your email clearly states the name of the post.


The closing date is 5pm on Monday 6th of February and applications should be emailed to:




Please ensure that your contact details include a day time and evening phone number.


Interviews will take by arrangement within two weeks of the closing date.  Please indicate your availability in this period.



Unfortunately we are unable to acknowledge unsuccessful applications. 


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