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Be part of a National Refill Day and help us prevent plastic pollution at source. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a national marketing campaign for an award-winning not for profit. You’ll be involved in the entire process from planning, and delivery right through to activation and evaluation.

  • 3-4 month marketing internship internship
  • April – July
  • 2-3 days a week full time

About National Refill Day

National Refill Day is our annual public awareness campaign to raise the profile of Refill and to get people to think about the impact of using a single use plastic bottle and encouraging them to carry a reusable bottle and refill on the go.  The campaign launched for the first time in 2018 reaching over 33 million people. We were trending on social media all day and had the support of Sadiq Khan, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and more. https://refill.org.uk/about/national-refill-day/

You’ll gain experience in:

  • Marketing campaign planning and project management
  • Creative planning and agency management
  • Liaising with a varied selection of corporate and brand partners
  • PR and media – copy writing and outreach
  • Social media – planning, writing and posting content and well as engaging and activating our digital communities.
  • Influencer marketing – outreach and management
  • Reporting and evaluation

What we’re looking for:

  • Someone super organised and able to hit the ground running.
  • A creative mind who can think fast and come up with great ideas.
  • A digital native with experience planning social media content and managing accounts.
  • A passionate copy-writer or journalist
  • Experience with video production or photography.

What you’ll be doing:

  1. Supporting with project management – keeping the planner up to date and supporting with ad hoc tasks
  2. Managing enquires and questions
  3. Influencer Outreach: Research, contacting and managing influencer and blogger relationships
  4. Social media: Creating, posting and responding to social media content
  5. PR: researching & contacting press and support our media manager with sending out the press release.

Who we are:

City to Sea is an award-winning not-for-profit environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution – from city to sea. We’re made up of everyday people doing extraordinary things; using our skills (and sometimes discovering new ones) to create a more beautiful world.

Through our fun, solutions-focused initiatives we’re empowering individuals to make a difference in their communities, working with companies and retailers to help them tackle plastic pollution and reaching millions of people with our digital content and campaigns.

Our mission is to connect our actions to the oceans, by giving people and businesses from all backgrounds simple ways to make a significant difference.

We believe that by ‘connecting our actions to our oceans’ we can safeguard our seas for the future. Our vision is for the world’s waterways and coastlines to be strewn with sticks, sand and seaweed … not plastic! https://www.citytosea.org.uk/

  • We persuaded all major supermarkets and high street stores to #SwitchTheStick in 2017– replacing plastic stemmed cotton buds with paper. A move which will stop over 478 tonnes of single-use, non-recyclable plastic being produced each year! Our petition was signed and shared by over 155,000 consumers in just two months.
  • Our Refill campaign has grown from a pilot scheme in Bristol in 2015, to the UK’s leading drinking water campaign, with over 17,000 Refill Stations across the UK. The Refill campaign was awarded Gold at the Global Good Awards in 2018.
  • We engaged almost a quarter of a million people to petition with 38 Degrees, for a visible tax on single-use items, like coffee cups, at point of sale. 31% of these people went on to respond to HM Treasury’s consultation seeking views on tackling the single-use plastic issue – which had the highest government consultation response rate EVER in government history.
  • Appeared in national and international publications, on TV and directly reached over 3 million people with our #PlasticFreePeriods? video in 2017.

About Refill

Refill is our award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easier to reuse and refill your water bottle on the go than to buy a single-use plastic bottle. https://refill.org.uk/

The campaign works by connecting people who are looking for water, with thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces where they can refill for free via a location-based app.  Anyone can download the app to find Refill Stations near them. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle.

There are now more than 17,000 Refill Stations on the app in the UK alone – including railway stations, airports and high street chains such as Costa, Starbucks and Wetherspoons. Our free app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times and the campaign is set to go global. If all our Refill Stations are used just twice a day, we’re saving more than 10 million single use plastic water bottles a year!

A key focus for Refill is to provide ‘everyday activists’ with a simple way to create lasting change in their community by setting up a Refill scheme and there are now over 165  local, grass-roots Refill Schemes across the UK – covering everywhere from Penzance to Edinburgh.

To apply, complete the application here

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  • Contract Type: 6 months fixed-term starting ASAP (with extension dependent on funding)  
  • Grade Salary: £27,000 including London Weighting Allowance  
  • Hours of Work: 9 am – 5 pm full time  (4 days will be considered, with pro rata adjustment to salary applied )  
  • Location: Home-based within Greater London, with weekly expectation to work at Partner offices in central London.  
  • Probationary Period: 3 months  
  • Notice Period: 1 month  
  • Holiday: 36 days per annum, pro rata, to including bank holidays   

Who are City to Sea?   

We’re a multi-award-winning non-profit environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution. Through our fun, solutions-focused initiatives we’re empowering individuals to make a difference in their communities, working with corporations and retailers to help them tackle plastic pollution and reaching millions of people with our digital content and campaigns. 

We’re made up of everyday people doing extraordinary things; using our skills (and sometimes discovering new ones) to create a more beautiful world. Our mission is to connect our actions to the oceans, by giving people and businesses from all backgrounds simple ways to make a significant difference.   

Our primary campaigns are ‘Refill‘, Europe’s leading, award-winning free tap water initiative; ‘Switch the Stick‘, our successful cotton bud campaign run in 2016\17 which called on all UK retailers to switch from plastic to paper stem buds, stopping over 400 tonnes a year of single-use plastic at source and ‘Plastic-free Periods’ which to date has directly reached over 9 million people and includes a schools pilot currently being run in 22 schools with 6000 students. Our recent ‘plastic tax’ petition gathered 250k signatures.   

About you: 

  • Are you passionate about tackling plastic pollution and eager to make a difference? 
  • Do you have experience working with partners to elevate campaigns, brands or sustainability initiatives? 
  • Are you a natural networker who builds relationships fast? 
  • Do you thrive in a fast-moving, agile environment? 
  • Are you able to prioritise a busy workload to ensure you’re having the greatest impact? 
  • Are you an excellent communicator who is able to influence a wide range of people with tact? 

About the role:  

Refill is City to Sea’s award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source, by making it easier to reuse and refill your water bottle on the go than buy a single-use plastic bottle.  

The campaign works by connecting people looking for water with thousands of Refill stations across the UK via a location-based app. Anyone can download the free app and find Refill Stations where they can refill for free on the go.  

Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle. With more than 16,000 Refill Stations and over 100,000 app downloads, we’ve proven that Refill has the power to create a tipping point in reducing plastic pollution at source.  

The Refill London Co-ordinator will be responsible for growing the movement in London, with the ambition to have local Refill schemes in all London Boroughs by the end of 2019. 

Responsibilities & Deliverables: 

Refill London Schemes, Delivery and Reporting

  • Ensure sign up of Refill Stations across London. 
  • Establish new local community Refill Schemes in all 33 London Boroughs, providing materials and support. 
  • Ensure hard-to-reach groups are actively targeted and engaged in setting up community Refill schemes. 
  • Maintain regular communications with existing Refill Schemes and actively encourage their continued engagement. 
  • Ensure that all local Refill Schemes have a current MOU in place. 
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records relating to local Refill Schemes and provide all necessary data and information for monthly Refill reporting.  

Partnerships and Representation

  • Develop a joint delivery plan with London centric partners, including Greater London Authority and Thames Water to agree activity in the region. 
  • Build relationships with London centric partners for effective partnership working, with regular progress and planning meetings. 
  • Seek out and develop additional partnerships to address identified delivery gaps in each London Borough. 
  • Provide oversight, guidance and support to Refill Local Champions and/or delivery partners, raising relevant issues to the Refill UK Delivery Manager. 
  • Liaise with City to Sea’s partnerships team to promote Refill London engagement and branding in high footfall areas (shopping centres, airports and transport hubs, universities etc). 
  • Represent Refill London at key events and give presentations and interviews to raise awareness and encourage engagement with the campaign alongside water companies where relevant.  

Funding

  • Spot opportunities to seek out funding support for Refill London, including using Refill London partner networks. 
  • Facilitate meetings with potential funders and lead on any preparation work to ensure our bid is successful. 
  • Apply for any funding with input and approval from City to Sea.  

Marketing & Communications 

  • Create and manage a shared Refill London marketing and communications calendar to identify opportunities and cross over with City to Sea’s wider campaigns.  
  • Support Refill communications and marketing activity including promoting National Refill Day (June 19th).  
  • Report local media coverage achieved to City to Sea’s Head of Marketing & Campaigns.  
  • Inform City to Sea of any significant anticipated media coverage or newsworthy events to include in national Refill social media channels 
  • Lead on the development of Refill London branded guides, resources and strategies, ensuring Refill London partner logo lock-up is across all assets  
  • Use Refill Scheme contacts and networks to encourage awareness of and engagement with other City to Sea campaigns and activity as appropriate  

Refill App and Website  

  • Promote the Refill app and be a positive champion of it in London. 
  • Contribute to moderation and editing of Refill Stations for London.  
  • Source content for Refill website as appropriate (e.g. information from Refill Schemes to enable creation of their web pages)  
  • Contribute to improvement and development of the Refill app and website by reporting problems or constructive suggestions to City to Sea and participating in app testing  

Who we’re looking for:  

  • Passionate about the environment and the reduction of single-use plastics. 
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a similar role. 
  • A strong understanding of community engagement and partnership working. 
  • Volunteer management.  
  • A high level of attention to detail. 
  • Super-duper organised and able to work well under pressure. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills. 

In return you’ll get: 

  • The opportunity to work for an award-winning, not for profit. 
  • The chance to work on meaningful projects that show a positive impact on our planet. 
  • 36 days holiday (pro rata, including bank holidays). 
  • Pension scheme.  
  • Plus, you’ll work with a great group of like-minded people who will always be there to help answer any questions. 
  • Please apply for this role here. 
  • Closing date 1st April 2019 

Though all applicants will be treated equally regardless of sex, race or other status we particularly welcome those from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

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Full Stack Engineer / Developer

Salary: £37,000 to £42,000 (4-5 days pro rata) with flexible working and depending on experience.  

Location: Bristol and the surrounding area 

Who are City to Sea?  

We’re a multi-award-winning non-profit environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution. Through our fun, solutions-focused initiatives we’re empowering individuals to make a difference in their communities, working with corporations and retailers to help them tackle plastic pollution and reaching millions of people with our digital content and campaigns.   

We’re made up of everyday people doing extraordinary things; using our skills (and sometimes discovering new ones) to create a more beautiful world. Our mission is to connect our actions to the oceans, by giving people and businesses from all backgrounds simple ways to make a significant difference.

How did it all begin?

City to Sea was founded by an environmental campaigner, Natalie Fee in 2014. She was fed up and generally devastated by the amount of plastic litter flowing from Bristol into the Severn Estuary. Since then our team has grown from 3 passionate people to almost 20 across the UK in the last year, spanning over multiple plastic reducing campaigns and picking up a few awards along the way.  

Our primary campaigns are ‘RefillEurope’s leading, award-winning free tap water initiative; ‘Switch the Stick‘, our successful cotton bud campaign run in 2016\17 which called on all UK retailers to switch from plastic to paper stem buds, stopping over 400 tonnes a year of single-use plastic at source and ‘Plastic-free Periods’ which to date has directly reached over 9 million people and includes a schools pilot currently being run in 22 schools with 6000 students. Our recent ‘plastic tax’ petition gathered 250k signatures 

Read more about the campaign

You’ll be working with an incredibly passionate group, in a fast-paced environment, where we’re continuously looking for ways to educate and launch behavioural change campaigns to reduce single-use plastics ending up in our oceans.  

About the role  

This is really exciting time to join City to Sea, you’ll initially be focused on working on the Refill application, which has had over 80,000 downloads already thanks to our National Refill Day campaign. You’ll have the opportunity to really take ownership of your code and the future development of the application and websites, developing our digital platforms alongside our campaigns.  

Refill started as a grassroots movement in Bristol, which has already grown across the UK and into some areas of Europe. One of the biggest objectives of your role will be to ensure our digital platforms are scalable in time for our expansion into the global market.

Within the first 3 months  

You will be responsible for managing a centralised database for our Refill stations and app usage, which will allow our website and application to work together and reduce the amount of admin work it currently takes to maintain our growing list of Refill Schemes and Stations.  

After this, you’ll work to take over the full development of the Refill application from the external agency it has been developed with up until this point. You’ll work closely with the team to fix outstanding bugs and develop new features of our application, as a priority. But some understanding of websites is a benefit as you will also work on the Refill website and the City to sea website, both of which are WordPress sites. You’ll spend most of your time building features, but you’ll also help our team to understand what is possible and when realistically thing can be delivered.  

You’ll love working with us if you…  

 

  • Love a fast-paced collaborative environment 
  • Want to take ownership of your role and carve your own career 
  • Are comfortable working collaboratively or on your own 
  • Are passionate about finding ways to improve user experience across digital platforms   
  • Want to make a difference to our planet through plastic reducing and behavioural change campaig

What were looking for 

We’re looking for someone who can demonstrate a clear understanding of the development process, with excellent engineering and problem-solving skills. You’ll also be able to show evidence of having a strong understanding of the web and its protocols, as well as database management. In this role, you will have a good deal of autonomy about how you approach technical development.  

This role will cover backend and frontend of an app as well as our websites, so being able to demonstrate both is a bonus, it’s not a deal breaker, but you will be expected to show a willingness to learn 

As we expand, we’ll continue to build the team and you’ll be expected to mentor more junior members of staff, leading and supporting a small team to the delivery of our digital products 

The technical bit  

The application stack is based on Google Firebase on the backend and React Native, almost all interaction is done through the Firebase SDK. There is a small amount of command-line scripts, written in JavaScript to manage the data. 

The application itself is built using a technology stack of React Native, Redux, using the Google maps RN component (originally from Airbnb). We’re using Crashlytics for application crash tracking and Bugsnag for detailed crash reports.  

All the code has been written by our external agency using Prettier and Redux-saga, the application also makes use of Google Cloud Storage Buckets for storing large, unstructured items such as images for Refill Stations. 

Our websites are built in WordPress (PHP), using a mixture of templates, having an understanding of PHP or another backend language is a must. 

 

In return you’ll get: 

  • 36 days annual leave, including bank holiday (pro rata) 
  • Flexible working patterns – Contracted for 4 –5 days working from the office or home 
  • Pension scheme 
  • The chance to work on meaningful projects that show a positive impact on our planet.  
  • Plus, you’ll work with a great group of like-minded people who will always be there to help answer any questions 
  • A fun working environment, in a converted warehouse based near Spike Island & the SS Great Britain 

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Though all applicants will be treated equally regardless of sex, race or other status, we particularly welcome male applicants and those from black and minority ethnic groups.