Recycling Fieldworkers

About Resource Futures

Resource Futures is an employee-owned consultancy with a vision of a sustainable world. With a focus on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and supporting and regenerating natural systems – a world designed according to circular economy principles.

The opportunity

We help local authorities to better understand resident behaviours and how people engage with waste and recycling services. To support this work, we are looking for fieldwork staff to undertake short term projects across the UK, assisting our Behaviour Change team through fieldwork opportunities such as:

  • Doorstep conversations: Talking to householders about their waste and recycling, either collecting details of their habits and engagement levels, providing service information, or helping motivate them to make more sustainable decisions.
  • Recycling monitoring: Visually assessing the quality of recycling placed out for collection e.g. checking for items that should not be in the recycling bin to assess the effectiveness of a waste and recycling campaign or service change. This work is often done working closely with collection crews.
  • Participation monitoring: Work closely with recycling collection crews to visually assess how residents participate in existing recycling services.
  • Recycling in flats assessment: Assessing the location, cleanliness, and effectiveness of bin storage at communal properties, for example, for residents living in flats.

Fieldwork activities are typically short term and come up on an ad hoc basis. The work would therefore suit people that want flexibility in their work commitments and are happy to work away from home for short periods. The role can be fairly physically demanding as you’ll likely to be on your feet for a lot of the day. You may be required to use a tablet to enter data as you go. Full, bespoke training will be provided for each job, with all training hours paid.

Essential qualities we require from all our fieldwork operatives:

  • reliable and punctual
  • work well both independently and as part of a team
  • be able to learn quickly and pay attention to detail
  • have good time-keeping skills
  • have interest in and a basic understanding of waste and recycling issues
  • be comfortable using smart tech (e.g. tablet or smart phone)
  • have a reasonable level of numeracy
  • be physically fit enough to able to be on your feet all day
  • be willing to work in all weather
  • be able to manage, interpret and record information and follow instructions provided; and
  • be able to communicate professionally and confidently with members of the public.

We are especially interested in hearing from anyone who is an experienced driver.

We provide all required protective clothing, and ensuite accommodation and a subsistence allowance for all jobs undertaken away from home. No previous experience is required, but you must be reliable, motivated, and willing to do hands-on work.

We are a Living Wage Employer. Hourly pay starts at £12.00 p/h + holiday pay £1.45 p/h and are set on a job by job basis. We also pay £28.28 subsistence payment per night away from home, plus £7.50 per day for breakfast subsistence payment. Drivers are paid an extra driving supplement of £15 per day when driving company vehicles. Some travel costs are covered.

How to apply

Please email

Recycling Fieldworkers

Contract: Temporary

Location: South West, Wales and North East as well as work across the UK

Salary: £12.00 p/h + holiday pay £1.45 p/h