Job: Green Arts and Edinburgh Festivals Officer

Are you passionate about supporting Scotland’s cultural sector to address our climate emergency? Creative Carbon Scotland is looking for a knowledgeable and enthusiastic person to join our team. 

In brief
  • Job title: Green Arts and Edinburgh Festivals Officer  
  • Salary: £26,525pa, plus a contribution to a personal pension of 3% of salary
  • Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Closing date: Sunday 19 September 2021 at 11.59pm
  • Interviews: Monday 27 September 2021, online.
  • Start date: As soon as possible. This is a fixed-term role in the first instance until 31 March 2022, with the intention to continue it subject to funding.

Read summary details of the role below and download the full Green Arts Officer Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply, please complete the application form at the end of this page.

NB: due to the fixed-term nature of the role and Creative Carbon Scotland’s circumstances, this opportunity is only open to those based in Scotland and who already have the right to work in the UK.

More about the role

Our Green Arts and Edinburgh Festivals Officer is a key member of our Transformation of Culture team, leading our Green Arts Initiative to facilitate a thriving community of cultural organisations working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changing climate, and supporting the Edinburgh Festivals in their ambitious strategy to reach net-zero and make Edinburgh the world’s leading green festival city.

Main areas of responsibility 
  1. Edinburgh Festivals Leadership Group (50%) Directly supporting the collaborative work of Festivals Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Festivals’ to implement their Environmental Sustainability Strategy and achieve their net zero ambitions:
    1. Acting as specialised knowledge base for the Festivals, providing co-ordination and expertise on key sustainability issues, including analysis of carbon emissions reporting data and development of carbon reduction plans (25%)
    2. Building skills and capacity through collaborative opportunities for the Festivals around environmental sustainability, including with external partners (15%)
    3. Supporting the administration, reporting and communication of the work of the Edinburgh Festivals leadership group (10%)
  2. Network Development (40%) Facilitating the community network of Green Arts cultural organisations:
    1. Acting as a first point of contact for inbound Green Arts enquires, signposting existing resources and connecting queries with team expertise (10%)
    2. Building network engagement through delivery of digital and in-person events, including the annual conference and #GreenArts day (20%)
    3. Ongoing evaluation and strategic development of the network (10%)
  3. Communications and Administration (10%)
    1. Promoting digital tools and resources, in co-ordination with the CCS Communications Manager, and contributing to CCS’ communications strategy.
    2. Contribute to corporate work including team meetings, work planning and other joint work as required.
  4. Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion: Along with all members of the team, ensuring that CCS’ Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is considered and acted upon in all the above areas.
Person Specification
  1. Knowledge 
    1. A demonstrable interest in and knowledge of the intersection of culture and the climate crisis [Essential]
    2. A thorough knowledge of the cultural sector (preferably in Scotland) [Desirable]
    3. Intimate knowledge of the Edinburgh Festivals [Desirable]
    4. An interest in and knowledge of climate justice as a focus for tackling the climate emergency [Desirable]
  2. Skills 
    1. The ability to build strong relationships with and gain the trust of partners, Green Arts members and other stakeholders [Essential]
    2. Excellent written and oral communication skills [Essential]
    3. Excellent IT skills including experience of standard office packages, virtual and remote working software and tools, especially Excel [Essential]
    4. The ability to work independently and flexibly, using one’s own initiative, and as part of a team [Essential]
    5. Flair and imagination [Essential]
  3. Experience 
    1. Professional experience of event management (both physical and virtual) [Essential]
    2. Experience of emissions data collection, analysis and reporting [Desirable]
    3. Professional experience of presenting on behalf of an organisation, including speaking, chairing and presenting at events [Desirable]
How to apply

We are looking forward to finding out how you see yourself contributing to our team.

  1. Read the job description and person specification carefully
  2. Complete the online application form [at the end of this page]
  3. Complete the separate anonymous online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey. This 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. We will write to every applicant once the role has been filled to update you and offer you feedback.

  • Closing date: 19 September 2021 at 11.59pm
  • Invitation to interview: Issued to those on the shortlist by 22 September 2021 via email
  • Interviews: Virtually via MSTeams on 27 September 2021
  • Feedback: Offered to all applicants via email by 4 October 2021


Applications will only be accepted via the application form on our website, unless alternative arrangements are made. If you wish to make alternative arrangements or have any problems in using the site (for example, if you are experiencing digital exclusion or have specific accessibility requirements), please write to to seek assistance in good time before the closing date of 19 September 2021. 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. Before we pass your application to our recruitment panel, we will remove your personal data to help them avoid bias during the shortlisting process. 

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.

If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions, please contact Catriona Patterson.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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