we are recruiting!                                                                                                                                                                                                 sustainability volunteers                                                                                                       










People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning campaigning for social and environmental justice.


People & Planet is looking for volunteers to assist with compiling its 2021 People & Planet

University League; the only higher education ranking that classifies based on social and climate
justice criteria.

Universities impart skills and knowledge, form life-long beliefs and behaviours, act as centres of
communities, employ, house and feed large numbers of people and promote the creation and sharing
of knowledge. We believe this makes them uniquely placed to lead on environmental and ethical
issues. For this reason the People & Planet University League has been running since 2007 and has
been published by high-profile media partners such as The Guardian and The Times Higher

Volunteers will research publicly available university documents and assess universities against our
marking criteria, which cover a wide range of climate and social justice issues including
decarbonisation, fossil fuel divestment, ethical banking, workers’ rights and ethical supply chains
among others. This work will help to push the university sector towards taking immediate and
appropriate action on the climate crisis and upholding the rights and wellbeing of all people

The role will be suitable for volunteers who have the following skills or are looking to add them to
their CV/Resume:

• Qualitative and quantitative research skills
• Attention to detail
• Use of data collection software
• Time management and keeping to deadlines
• Working independently and remotely
• Communication skills
• Knowledge of estates management and corporate sustainability

This role would be suitable for volunteers with experience in research or sustainability, or those
who are looking to gain skills in these areas.

Training is provided for the role. We believe the skills and experience gained will be valuable for a
number of career paths, including working in NGOs, corporate sustainability, estates management,
higher education, research and campaigning among many others.

People & Planet would like to support volunteers in their future careers, so will give all volunteers
an official reference letter on successful completion of their placement and will act as a referee for
future positions for which you may apply.

People & Planet particularly encourages applications from people from BAME communities, people with lived experience of migration and/or living with unsettled immigration status,  trans people, queer people, people with disabilities, people with caring responsibilities and other groups typically underrepresented in campaigning organisations. We are committed to make reasonable adjustments to enable any candidate to show their suitability for a role within People & Planet.




  • Contract: 3 weeks

  • Starting:  3 start dates, 5th July, 19th July, 2nd August 2020

  • Location: Remote working

  • Salary:  Unpaid

  • Closing date: Rolling programme of applications till 30th June 2020. PLEASE NOTE: We have had high numbers of applicants and most positions are now filled. Applicants who apply in the remaining weeks before the deadline may be asked to be reserves or be given work other than UL assessment.





Please download the Information Pack  and read carefully as this provides you all the information you need to apply.

1. Please email your CV and a cover letter, which can just be an email. Your covering letter
should be no longer than 300 words and include:

• why you would be suitable for the role (paying attention to the person specification)
• which of the People & Planet University League sections most interests you.
• where you heard about the Sustainability Researcher Position

2. Confirm you can work for the entire three week period beginning either the 5 th July, 19 th July
or 2nd August. If you would like to volunteer for more than 3 weeks please indicate this.

3. Please write "Volunteer 2021" in the subject line of your email.
Applications will be processed on a rolling basis with interviews throughout May and June. The
deadline for applications is June the 20th.

Please email your application to Jack Ruane, University League Manager,  universityleague@peopleandplanet.org.