Volunteer waste prevention advisor

Information on how you can help protect our local environment.

Encourage residents and visitors to think more widely about reducing, reusing and recycling waste, and support the Waste Prevention Team in promoting County Council initiatives.

How to apply

You can apply using our online form.

Apply online

Alternatively you can download a version of our application form which you can complete and send to us.

Application form (Word, 96KB)

Role description

Skills required

  • Ability to inspire people
  • Good presentation and communications skills
  • IT literate
  • Ability to work with a range of promotional materials
  • Ability to maintain written records

Ideal volunteer

Our ideal volunteer would enjoy mixing with a diverse range of people and demonstrate genuine commitment to protecting the environment, particularly with regard to waste prevention.

Details of duties

  • Working with the Waste Prevention Team to deliver initiatives across the county.
  • Assisting at local events, fairs, festivals and promotions.
  • Speaking to members of the public about waste prevention initiatives.
  • Taking on the challenge of becoming a Master Composter and sharing your skills and knowledge.
  • Educating school children by delivering the ‘Wastebuster’ programme and becoming a Recycling Champion to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling.

Time commitment

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 hours each month, as well as attending ongoing training relevant to the Waste Prevention Advisor role, as appropriate.

Guidance and support

A member of the WSCC Waste Prevention Team will be available during office hours during planned volunteering sessions.

Training and equipment

Volunteers will attend a formal induction session before commencing training. Training is primarily delivered via an online e-learning programme, alongside site visits and some face-to-face classroom sessions.

All training for this role is produced in conjunction with the University of Brighton.

Training is free for volunteers and delivered in a flexible, easily accessible format, with access to the e-learning provided following service induction and a commitment to volunteer for at least 2 hours per month.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Volunteers will not be required to have a DBS check before undertaking the role.


Prospective volunteers are invited to an informal interview. A reference will be asked for ahead of volunteers taking up the role.

Last updated:
29 May 2018

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