Community Marketing Internship
Northfield, Birmingham

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF NORTHFIELD ECOCENTRE
Northfield Ecocentre works with the community to find practical ways to live better and protect the environment. The Ecocentre is a place where people can share knowledge, ideas & experience, ask questions & find practical solutions to sustainable living. As well as a drop in advice centre we offer workshops, demonstrations, talks and groups on a range of issues from organic gardening, sewing and crafts and cycle maintenance to insulating your home. The aim of the groups is to provide an informal, friendly and welcoming environment where local people can learn and share skills that will help them to live more sustainably (e.g. gardening, sewing and crafts, family hour).

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:
Communications
To assist Northfield Ecocentre team to:
Promote Ecocentre activities as follows:
• Online – Regularly update the Ecocentre website, blog, Facebook, Twitter etc
• Print – Develop and update the monthly Ecocentre newsletter and e-mailing list
• Promote group activities externally (e.g. flyering)
• Update and maintain the Ecocentre display boards
• Outreach – Promote groups at local outreach events (e.g. stalls)
• Networks – Research and develop a network of local organisations through which to promote
• Ecocentre activities to a wider audience (print, online, word of mouth)
• Press – Write press releases about group related activities

This position is for either an individual with a marketing background who would like to gain practical experience within an environmental organisation, or an individual with an environmental background who would like to develop their marketing skills.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
Essential
• Strong communications skills
• Confidence working with computers (using Word, Excel, internet research)
• Experience promoting events using social networking tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
• Ability to work as part of a small team often relying on own initiative.
• Ability to work under direction and to meet deadlines
• Creativity, enthusiasm & flexibility
• Strong organisational skills and reliability
• Good inter-personal skills (e.g. outgoing, sociable, diplomatic, good listener)

Desirable
• An interest in sustainable living
• Experience creating press releases and contacting the media
• Experience facilitating informal workshops

WHAT CAN NORTHFIELD ECOCENTRE OFFER ME AS A VOLUNTEER?
• The opportunity to put skills into practice and enhance CV
• A reference for future employers
• Reasonable travel & lunch expenses
• Opportunity to develop communications skills
• Opportunity to gain experience of community work
• Opportunity to be part of a small, friendly team

APPLICATION
Please send a covering letter explaining why you want the role and what you will bring to the position. Could you also attach a CV detailing your background and experience. Deadline is 12noon on Friday 24th of February.

INTERVIEWS AND INDUCTION
Interviews will be Tuesday 28th February. If successful, there will be an induction day on Thursday 1st March 1pm-4pm, and the role will start on Friday 2nd March

CONTACT
Stuart Bowles
www.northfieldecocentre.org
Northfield Ecocentre, 53 Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham. B31 2LB

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