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Working at Cumbria Action for Sustainability

What we do

Our vision?is a zero-carbon?Cumbria?and we strive to bring about a better way of life, in balance with our environment.????

Our mission?is to empower and enable people, communities and businesses to live and work more sustainably by sharing our knowledge, practice, skills, networks and practical experience.

We manage and deliver events, advice, training and practical projects across the county as well as providing specialist consultancy services to enable individuals, communities, businesses and local authorities to drive a shift towards a zero-carbon Cumbria.??

Formed in 1998,?CAfS?is an award-winning charity with a team of 25 highly skilled staff, working with specialist contractors and volunteers to deliver a range of transformational low-carbon projects each year.?CAfS?is the leading organisation in Cumbria?driving action on climate change and serving as the first point of reference on sustainability, co-chairing the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership of nearly 80 organisations working to reduce our county’s emissions.??

Our vision is a zero carbon Cumbria and we strive to bring about a better way of life, in balance with our environment.?

What you'll get

  • Flexible workingOption to work from home for many roles, flexible working hours
  • Work environment & equipmentQuality laptops for all employees & other kit you need for the job
  • Company cultureFriendly, supportive & informal. Wellbeing takes priority.
  • Learning & developmentAll employees have a learning & development plan

Who you'll work with

CAfS is a flexible and supportive employer. We're small, busy and we work hard, but we look after our folk and offer some great benefits. 

  • Employee wellbeing is very important to us. We do what we can to help colleagues achieve a great work/life balance.
  • We have a flexible working policy and we use it. Most staff work part time so we are accustomed to managing different work patterns. Staff can also work at home where possible.
  • If something goes wrong we seek to learn from it, not to blame.
  • We invest in learning and development and encourage people to develop their skills and commit time and resources to development.
  • We offer an employer pension contribution of 6% from day one of employment.
  • You'll have a holiday entitlement of 22 days pro rata plus bank and public holidays, rising to 25 after 5 years’ continuous service.

Here's what some of our team say about working for CAfS:

“It’s difficult to imagine a friendlier and more welcoming group of people committed to making a working environment that is comfortable and manageable for all.”

“Through CAfS I can help many more people cut carbon and live more sustainably.”

“I started working for CAfS in February 2021 and I'm really enjoying it. My job is very interesting and varied and I have a lot of freedom to decide what I do and when I do it. It is also great to be part of a team of enthusiastic people committed to tacking climate change.”

“CAfS is an extremely friendly organisation, and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. Also, when you start, you are given a lot of support and a buddy you can talk to if you have any problems settling in. At the moment, we are all working from home, but there are still lots of opportunities to chat to your colleagues, for example during our remote tea breaks.”

“I really like the fact that CAfS is a very democratic organisation. There is a lot of consultation about important decisions, and people are genuinely interested in what their colleagues have to say.”

“The work/life balance CAfS offers is brilliant. Working hours are genuinely very flexible, and as working part-time at CAfS is the norm, there is no question of you being treated less seriously because you are not a full-time employee.”

“I can make a difference at CAfS.”

“Starting a new job can sometimes be rather daunting, particularly as everything has to be done online at the moment. Even before my first day, I felt supported and the comprehensive induction and the warmth of the welcome meant that I quickly settled into my new role. Colleagues across the organisation have been incredibly supportive and there is great sense of a common purpose and an amazing team spirit.”

“I can reach my career goals and develop professionally.”

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