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Waste Projects Assistant

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Richmond and/or Wandsworth
Salary From £30,483-£36,936 Depending on Skills,
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Waste Project Assistant 


Salary Range: £30,483 - £36,936 per annum


 Fixed-Term-12 months 


Location-Richmond (Civic Centre, Twickenham) and/or Wandsworth (Frogmore Depot, Wandsworth) Predominantly borough-based working with some home working permitted.




Are you keen to help reduce waste and improve our recycling services and carbon performance?


Would you like to help make Richmond more accessible for the disabled and people with babies?


Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance?


Do you have skills and experience relevant to local authorities, waste management and/or providing project support?


If your answers are yes, we want to hear from you!


We are looking for four Waste Project Assistants to help deliver waste and Community Toilet scheme related projects and trials in the London boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth. You will help to deliver our climate and environment related action plans by helping to reduce waste, increase re-use and improve the delivery of recycling services along with related performance. One post holder will also focus on liaising with Richmond’s small business community to improve the provision of community toilets for local residents and visitors.


Home working is permitted subject to operational requirements and in accordance with Council policies, and equipment will be provided to enable this. However, you will also be required to travel to locations around the two boroughs regularly to conduct site visits, deliver public engagement activities and to meet with stakeholders. This may also involve early morning site visits to monitor levels of participation in recycling services.  


These roles are fixed-term contracts for one year and you will be part of a small but friendly waste team within a large workforce, most of which serves both Richmond and Wandsworth Councils.




About the roles


We are seeking to recruit to four similar posts


Post 1: Waste Projects Assistant- Richmond only (recycling support) 


Post 2: Waste Projects Assistant- Wandsworth only (estates waste/recycling service improvement) 


Post 3: Waste Projects Assistant- Wandsworth only (weekly food recycling collection service roll-out) 


Post 4: Waste Projects Assistant- Richmond only for first 6 months (Community Toilets improvement project), then supporting the three main focus areas above across both boroughs)




Each post holder will concentrate on the main focus for their post but they will also support each other according to local delivery priorities at the time and subject to the limitations on cross-borough working listed above.


Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience


Knowledge and practical experience of delivering effective projects in a supporting role.


Knowledge of local authority waste and recycling services, procedures and techniques.


Experience of developing and maintaining large datasets.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Experience of effective engagement with community groups, property managers, small businesses and other stakeholders.


A clean full UK driving licence and/or be able to travel to sites borough wide on a regular basis.


You will be welcomed into a service area which delivers a range of waste and street cleansing related contracts and associated services.


Please submit the following:


Your current up to date profile


A supporting statement detailing why you are applying for the post and how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification.




Closing Date: Sunday 28th April 2024 (23:59)



Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 29th April 2024


 Interview Date: Week commencing 13th May 2024 




Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 




We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. 




We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.  


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