A great opportunity for those passionate about combatting climate change…

If you are passionate about combatting climate change, knowledgeable about climate science and solutions, or have experience of delivering or developing training, this Climate and Carbon Literacy Trainer opportunity is for you.

We are looking for up to three friendly, articulate and highly motivated trainers to join our existing team to help meet the growing demand for our very popular Climate and Carbon Literacy and related training programmes.

This role will be a freelance contract (employment status will be determined via the HMRC checker), to help us train more than 3,000 people from a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations over the duration of the project (funded until Dec 2025, but with the chance of extension, subject to funding). You will be paid £21.50 an hour, for all the hours you work, including for preparation, course delivery and admin. Our courses range from full-day accredited Carbon Literacy training to half day Climate Fresk sessions to 30-minute introductory sessions.

Being a Climate and Carbon literacy trainer is a great opportunity to do interesting work with an award-winning environmental charity and help inspire and inform people to take action to combat climate change at an individual, organisational and community level.


Carbon Literacy training inspires the behaviour change needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It increases knowledge, understanding, confidence and sense of agency by providing people, communities and organisations with the information, training, support, networks and tools they need to make positive changes.

It enables informed decision making. Recipients feel empowered to make changes to their lives at home and at work, share their learning and driving positive environmental changes. Our training sessions are highly interactive, and we offer a variety of set courses; from full day, accredited Climate and Carbon Literacy training to shorter introductory sessions on climate science and solutions for Cumbria. Some are open courses, bookable on the CAfS website, and we also develop bespoke courses for specific audiences. Click to find out more about our courses.

There is strong demand for this kind of training from individuals, community groups, local authorities, schools, businesses, parish councils and others. We have an existing pool of expert trainers in the CAfS team and need to recruit additional contractors to respond to increasing demand.

This is a really exciting opportunity to be part of a transformational shift in knowledge, attitudes and action on the climate crisis in the county.

Please read the full job description before applying.

 To apply, send your CV and a covering letter (each must be a maximum of two pages, in size 12 font) showing how you meet the evaluation criteria detailed. Closing date 9am Friday 15 March.

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by 5pm Wednesday 20 March. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 26 March via Zoom.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Deliver CAfS existing programme of Climate and Carbon Literacy related training courses to a diverse range of groups and organisations, both online and face-to-face.
  • Respond rapidly and reliably to email communication from CAfS about availability and commit to deliver course dates once assigned.
  • Communicate well, building a friendly rapport with clients and delegates, and a strong and credible reputation for the training service and CAfS.
  • Deliver all agreed courses once a commitment has been made to do so.
  • Attend training provided by CAfS on how to use the training materials.
  • Observe training delivered by CAfS’ trainers.
  • Set up and manage online sessions on MS Teams, Zoom or other platforms, including use of polls and breakout rooms.
  • Contribute to the ongoing review and improvement of materials.
  • Complete all admin required, including sending poll results, attendee data, and saved chats to CAfS.
  • Read and adhere to all CAfS policies provided, including GDPR and safeguarding, and risk assessments for face-to-face delivery.
  • Apply for a Basic DBS check once appointed.
  • Use the CAfS email address provided for all correspondence related to the programme.
  • Freelance trainers are responsible for providing suitable IT equipment so that online training can be delivered. As a minimum, a laptop, reliable Wi-Fi, microphone and speakers.
  • Be able to travel independently throughout rural Cumbria.

Further Information

The hourly rate of £21.50 will be paid for all hours worked, including preparation time, administration time, course delivery time, feeding back from course delivery, attending training required by CAfS, completing monitoring and evaluation and reviewing or developing course materials. A set number of hours will be agreed in advance for each deliverable based on CAfS’ extensive experience of delivering similar work. This will be reviewed as the project progresses to ensure that the time allocated is fair and accurate.

We estimate that there may be 100-500 hours of work available per trainer each year (i.e. an average of 1 – 5 days per month) although this is not guaranteed. We will communicate available work to all trainers simultaneously and ask for quick expressions of interest. We will match trainers to the available work on variable criteria which may include availability, location, experience and skillset. We aim to ensure the work is distributed across the pool of contractors.

Expenses for pre-agreed travel will be paid at 45p/mile.

A CAfS email address will be provided and access to MS Teams/ Zoom accounts as required.

Our training services are exempt from VAT. The above rate is the total amount and would therefore include VAT for any trainers who are themselves VAT registered.

We anticipate the induction for these roles commencing late April 2024. Time spent in induction period will be paid.

The important stuff

  • REMUNERATION: £21.50 per hour

  • DURATION: Until December 2025, but with the chance of extension, subject to funding.

  • BENEFITS: Working with CAfS comes with some great benefits. You’ll be joining a friendly and supportive organisation, and your wellbeing and work/life balance are hugely important to us. There is also flexibility around your working hours and location.