Centre for Alternative Technology

Britain's major centre for environmental inspiration and courses.


Welcome to the Job vacancies section

Below are the current vacancies we have on offer at CAT.  If you would like to apply for a position, you will need to complete an Application Form (in Word format). You can download it together with the guidance notes from the list on the right. CVs will not be accepted.


Please return your application form by email to . If you would like to discuss a vacancy,  please telephone 01654 705955. All applications will be acknowledged by email, so if you've not heard back within a couple of days, please telephone to check that your application has been received as we sometimes have difficulties receiving emails from gmail & hotmail accounts.


For more details about volunteer placements, please go to www.cat.org.uk/volunteers.

For more environmental related jobs visit environmentjob.co.uk


Thank you for your interest in working at CAT, we look forward to receiving your application.




The Centre for Alternative Technology is a leading education, research and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. CAT inspires, informs and enables people to achieve positive changes in their personal and work lives and local communities. CAT is a UK-wide charity based in Mid Wales and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. The post is based at the picturesque Llwyngwern site, within easy reach of Machynlleth, the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay.


CAT is entering an exciting phase in its development. In recent years the organisation has achieved significant growth in its student intake and range of visiting groups. CAT has also been taking its training on skills for a zero carbon future to a wider range of audiences around the UK.


As a charity we have ambitious plans for the next few years. Given the importance and urgency of addressing the environmental challenges we face, at CAT we want to spread our reach and impact further. Building on CAT’s strong historic record in delivering large capital campaigns, the Head of Development will shape and lead a multi-million fundraising campaign to support these plans which will include delivering a renewal of the site displays and infrastructure and a stepping up of the organisation’s outreach work.


Playing a key role in the charity’s Senior Management Team, the Head of Development will take an overview of the communications and development work needed to support these ambitions. The post-holder will bring substantial senior fundraising experience and a strong track record in effective and collaborative leadership. In addition, experience of strategic leadership in communications and marketing would be an advantage.

Main purpose of the job – an overview:

  1. Strategic leadership of CAT’s fundraising work including management of the fundraising and membership team.
  2. The Head of Development is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising programme to deliver the multi-million pound fund needed for CAT to meet its strategic ambitions.
  3. The role involves developing and delivering strategies for increasing core and project-focused income from individual donors, charitable trusts, statutory sources and companies.
  4. The post involves development of fundraising bids and pitches in support of the above.
  5. The Head of Development will play a key role in presenting CAT’s ambitions to potential funders and other key stakeholders.
  6. The post holder will lead on enhancing CAT’s approach to measurement of impact.
  7. As a key member of CAT’s Senior Management Team, you will play a significant role in the overall leadership and management of the organisation and in particular you will make a significant contribution to the refinement and delivery of our vision.

The closing date is 9.00am on 7th June 2018

All applications via the website at www.cat.org.uk - go to Communities tab then vacancies page.

Please use the long version form in the right hand drop down menu.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an environmental education centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. The Centre covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, renewable energy, woodland management, energy efficiency and organic growing.  It has a unique visitor centre that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year and a Graduate School offering postgraduate degrees in sustainability and adaptation, environmental architecture, sustainable food and natural resources, and renewable energy.  The organisation also runs short courses and educational visits, offers venue hire, and undertakes research in ways to reduce Britain’s environmental footprint via the flagship Zero Carbon Britain project.


The Marketing and Media Team plays a crucial role, ensuring individuals, communities and companies are aware of CAT and its principal campaigns, products and services.  This includes overall brand awareness as well as promotion of key areas of CAT’s work.

The Digital Marketing Officer will focus on maximising CAT’s online presence, increasing reach and improving conversion rates. It is intended that the primary focus of this role is the online promotion of CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment, but you will also work with colleagues to maximise the digital presence of other areas of CAT’s work.

Closing Date: 5th June 2018

Please use CAT Application Form ( long version) available at www.cat.org.uk  then click on Community tab then vacancy page.

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