£11 per hour, up to 16 hours per week

12 month fixed term contract

Reporting to: Chief Executive


Whitley Bay Big Local is looking for someone with a passion for the local environment and making our town cleaner and greener. Someone that doesn't mind getting their hands dirty and tackling lots of different tasks. As our Tidy Town Worker, you will work with residents, community groups, businesses and partners such as North Tyneside Council to make Whitley Bay an even better place to live. Highly motivated, you’ll be pro-active in seeking solutions to local environmental issues, like working outdoors, have practical skills with a ‘hands-on’ approach to getting things done.


Working alongside our dedicated people, trustees and volunteers you will be based at our building on Whitley Road but will spend most of your time out and about in the neighbourhood. As a public face of Big Local you will have good communication skills, as well as practical experience in things like DIY, painting and gardening. This is an important role: not only will you be responsible for solving issues yourself and being a key point of contact between Big Local and partners such as the Council, police, and local wardens, but you will be working to help build civic pride and encouraging people to take more responsibility for their local area.


Job Description:

As Big Local's Tidy Town Worker you will talk to local residents, businesses and community groups about what needs to be done in their local area to make it cleaner and greener. You will be responsible for achieving improved outcomes across a number of existing projects, as well as identifying, developing and supporting new local community initiatives and responding quickly and pro-actively to any environmental issues you encounter. Current projects include:

  • Weeding in Whitley: Providing an additional weed removal service throughout the Big Local Area where it is additional to a statutory requirement to do so.

  • Planter Project: Maintaining WBBL's planters, working to involve local volunteers in their ongoing care, as well as caring for other green spaces in the town.

  • Report and Repair: Conduct monthly reports on the condition of the local environment on a street by street basis, fixing some issues as they arise and logging and reporting others to the Council.

Other core regular activities will include litter picks, reporting vandalism and graffiti, painting, cleaning up and reporting local grot spots, and doing small-scale repairs.

Person Specification: The role would suit someone who:

  • is committed to Whitley Bay and the local community, has a good local knowledge and is interested in environmental issues and improving the look and feel of the town

  • has practical experience with DIY projects, painting, gardening etc, and who enjoys manual work and has a good attention to detail

  • can demonstrate experience of supporting volunteers or trainees

  • has the flexibility to work across the Big Local area, as well as attending Big Local meetings and other community events when required

  • is highly motivated, has the ability to work on their own initiative, can manage their own time and workload and is able to respond to issues as they arise

  • likes working outdoors and is able to work on their own for periods of time

  • is a ‘people-person’, likes engaging and communicating with other people.

  • can use IT to complete reports and regular updates

How to apply:

If you’d like more information about the role and whether or not it would be suitable to you, please contact David Carnaffan on 07860862097 or send an email to hello@whitleybaybiglocal.org and one of the team will get back to you. 


The closing date for applications is 31 January 2021 and we anticipate a start date by 1 April 2021.


To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to: hello@whitleybaybiglocal.org . The covering letter should be no more than one side of A4 and address the following points:

  • Why you’re interested in the role

  • Your relevant knowledge and experience, especially where it concerns working with volunteers and/or trainees

  • Details of your other commitments and start date

Whitley Bay Big Local - Job Vacancy

Job Description and Person Spec:  ‘Tidy Town Worker’

Whitley Bay Big Local is a Registered Charity (Regd No: 1171848)