Trainee Organiser

Application Deadline: 9:00 am Wednesday 31 May 2023. 

Photo of a group of young GND Risers at a march in Glasgow during COP26. They're holding a bright yellow banner and cloth placards.

Green New Deal Rising is looking for a trainee Organiser with a commitment to win a Green New Deal, good relationship building skills, and a strong desire to learn. Over 12 months you’ll be supported to learn on the job and become a brilliant organiser!

Green New Deal Rising is building a movement of young people from every part of the UK to fight for a response to the climate crisis that totally transforms our economy to deliver a safe climate and fairer society. We believe in people power, and through a combination of disrupting the political system and reaching into our communities, we plan to make the Green New Deal an era defining issue. 

This is the first time we’ve recruited into a trainee role at Green New Deal Rising and we’re designing the opportunity we wished had been available when we were starting out as organisers. You’ll receive bespoke support and training to build your skills, so that by the end of the year you’ll be managing your own projects and teams with confidence. You'll gain all the experience you need to thrive in organisations and movements that are organising and campaigning for a better future. 

We know that in progressive movements and campaigning organisations it’s not easy to get into paid roles, especially for people from marginalised backgrounds. With this Trainee role we are taking another step to tackle this and create an opportunity for people who don’t already have all the experience to join our staff team. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people typically under-represented in progressive movements, including: people of colour; disabled people; people in the LGBTQIA+ community; people who have a mental health condition; and people who are working class and/or from a working class background.

The Trainee Organiser role 

As we look to 2024, we plan to double the size of our movement and deliver the largest youth interventions in the next election. We’re looking for someone to join our team and add vital capacity to this work, bringing their commitment to win a Green New Deal and a willingness to learn on the job. 

Organisers work to bring people together to take action and build the people power of our movement. The work of organising is about changing what people think is possible, by listening to them and supporting them to act and lead change themselves. Our new trainee organiser will be good at building relationships with young people from all backgrounds, highly organised, and happy to give things a go with the right support. They’ll join our staff team of 13 people, and a movement of thousands doing what it takes to win a Green New Deal. 

We don’t need someone who’s done it all before. We want someone with some experience working with other people to change things for the better.

We don’t need someone who understands the science of the climate crisis, or to write essays on policy. We want someone who can build relationships with people from all backgrounds and find connections with what’s important to them.

We don’t need the most confident person in the room. We want someone who has belief in themselves and knows that there are many many ways to be a leader in a movement.  

We’ll shape both the job and the training and support we offer our Trainee Organiser around their skills and interests and where they overlap best with our plans as a team. See the full job description for a list of possible responsibilities for this position

Key information

Location: Remote / our office in East London (at least monthly, details below)

Contract length: 12 months (with 3 month probationary period)

Hours: Ideally 5 days per week (open to discussing 4 days). You must be willing to work some evenings and some weekends (with time off in lieu) and to travel across the country if required.

Start date: As soon as possible from the start of July. 

Compensation: £28,000 pro rata

Benefits: include company pension contributions, 25 days holiday per year + bank holidays and 5 days of ‘company shut down’ leave in December. Flexible working arrangements are possible (in terms of hours and location) - balancing the needs of the team with your needs. As a Trainee role we will work with you to provide specific support and training tailored to your skills and career plans. 

The support we will offer

You’ll join one of our existing teams (Organising, Campaigns, Politics, and Operations) and be managed by one of our experienced organisers. You’ll meet your manager at least once per week to talk through your work and what you’re learning. 

At the start of the year there will be an induction period with training, and we’ll make a personal development plan with you to make sure you’re getting the support you need to thrive and develop into your role. You might learn and develop your skills in lots of different ways over the year, for example: in GND Rising movement training events, shadowing experienced organisers, reading about strategy/tactics and discussing it with the team, in training with partner organisations, etc. You may also be able to change roles during the year to experience how different teams in our organisation work and develop a broader range of skills. 

Application instructions

Application instructions: please email your completed application form and a filled out Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form to  - Please put the job title in the subject line of your email. We’ve included some guidance on doing a great application at the end of the Job Description.

Application Deadline: 9:00 am Wednesday 31 May 2023. 

Interviews will take place on Zoom: 6 June 12-6pm and 7 June 12-6pm

We can be responsive if you are not available at these times. We may ask you to prepare a short task for your interview.