Closing date: 24 September 2017

Interview date: 18th October 2017

Dorset County Council are looking for an enthusiastic team player with significant relevant experience to help deliver increased biomass heat and energy capacity in Dorset, as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported ‘Dorset Low Carbon Economy’ programme. 

Job description

Based in County Hall, Dorchester, the Biomass Development Officer will deliver technical biomass advice in support of the SME, Community and Public Sector strands of the ‘Dorset Low Carbon Economy’ programme. This is an ambitious three year programme that will support the adoption of a low carbon economy through the provision of technical advice and financial support. Dorset County Council is the host authority for the programme, with the Community Energy Team responsible for overall delivery. Dorset AONB is responsible for the biomass elements.

The focus of the officer’s work will be:

  • Developing the demand for biomass by increasing adoption of biomass heating and power solutions.
  • Building capacity by working with existing businesses and research organisations to encourage new products and systems into the market.

These objectives will be delivered through:

  • Advocacy of biomass as a viable energy source to a wide audience of businesses, communities and public sector throughout Dorset.
  • Working with Low Carbon Development Officers to advise and support businesses, communities and the public sector to develop high quality Biomass projects for application to the Low Carbon Economy Fund, including providing on-site technical diagnostics and advice. 
  • To advise and support applicants on the Low Carbon Economy Fund grants process including eligibility and State Aid compliance requirements through training workshops /webinars and one to one support.
  • Support successful applicants to undertake activities in line with the grant agreement, including development of tender specifications, interpretation of studies commissioned etc.
  • Work with businesses and research organisations to deliver new products and systems that will encourage use of biomass and a timber testing & technology facility.

The officer will also be responsible for ensuring compliance by beneficiaries with ERDF rules & regulations and State Aid and producing quarterly reporting and claims.

The job is largely office-based although requires significant site visits and off-site meetings with beneficiaries and others.

For more information please contact Tom Munro, Dorset AONB Manager on 01305 228237 / t.munro@dorsetcc.gov.uk 

Further information here