Freelance Action Coordinator

Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) is working with our sister organisation Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FoE EWNI) to organise an outdoor action in Glasgow during COP26 to highlight the UK and Scottish Government’s hypocrisy on fossil fuels, with a focus on the proposed Cambo oil field. The action will involve an installation requiring a build and choreography of 50-100 local activists.

We are looking for a short term freelance action coordinator to be responsible for the overall logistics of the event.

You will be experienced, practical and hands-on and will enjoy working under pressure to deliver an event during the heightened security of the COP. Local contacts and local knowledge would be an advantage in this role.

Job Duration:
Approximately 15 days
We expect this to take at least 3 days per week during October, full time for the first week of November up to and including the day of the action on Sunday 7th November, and at least one day of clear up afterwards.
Day Rate:
£200 / day of 7 hours
Closing Date:
22nd December 2021
5th January 2022
Job Starts:
28th January 2022
How to apply

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About Friends of the Earth Scotland

Friends of the Earth Scotland is Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning group, working to help people in Scotland look after the planet for everyone’s future. We think globally, and act in Scotland, delivering solutions to climate change and other environmental problems, by enabling and empowering people to take individual and collective action.

● We are committed to democracy, accountability and equality
● We strive to work with communities in our campaigning for positive change
● Our work will always be based on objective evidence and a long-term, global perspective
● We believe that everyone has an equal right to a healthy environment and a fair share in the world’s resources

We have 20 staff and 10 local groups, and are normally based in central Edinburgh. Please sign up to our mailing list to receive updates, or check out our network of local groups for more ways to get involved near you.

Staff benefits

● We offer a pension scheme via Nest with the employer contribution at 6% (above the minimum required level)
● 28 days holiday and 11 public holidays
● Our office is in Edinburgh city centre. We offer hybrid working to enable a good work/life balance
● A highly supportive, flexible and collaborative work culture.

Selection process

To apply please click on the links below and complete the application form and equal opportunities form and email to Please note we are unable to arrange work permits for applicants without the right to work in the UK.

Once we have reviewed the applications, successful candidates will generally be invited to a single-stage selection process. This 90-minute process includes a written task (unseen), giving a short presentation to the interview panel (topic provided in advance) and a competency based interview. This is our normal selection process. Some roles may have a slightly different process and you will be advised in advance of any changes.

Equal Opportunities

We particularly encourage applications from people of colour and people most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of how well they fit the person specification, as judged by their application and interview. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a BAME or migrant candidate as these groups are currently under-represented in the climate and environmental movements in the UK.

We are required by law to ensure that all employees are entitled to work in the UK. We cannot consider applications from people who do not already have the right to work in the UK. All prospective employees, regardless of nationality, must be able to produce original documents (such as a passport) before employment starts, to satisfy current immigration legislation. The list of acceptable documents is available from UK Visas and Immigration.


We occasionally need need help at events (promotion, set up, staffing stalls, raffle ticket sales, etc.). This is a great way to meet like-minded people and practice engaging the public in environmental issues, and we provide all relevant training. We also infrequently have specific, office-based volunteering positions available.

Volunteering opportunities are advertised on this page when they become available.

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