Centre for Alternative Technology

Britain's major centre for environmental inspiration and courses.


Additional information about working at CAT

Thank you for your interest in a post at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). Below is some additional information about employment at CAT.

Some of this information may vary for different roles and is subject to change so this document is intended for guidance only.

About CAT

With over 35 years’ experience, CAT is Britain’s leading centre for education and inspiration in the field of sustainability. Undertaking a wide range of activities including research, demonstration and education, we are concerned with the search for globally sustainable and ecologically sound ways of life.

CAT has a holistic approach to its work and a continuous commitment to the highest educational and environmental standards.

The Centre offers information, education from schools up to Masters level and has a visitor and conference centre. We attract around 60,000 people a year and employ around 100 dedicated and creative staff.


Based in beautiful mid-Wales, the Centre overlooks the Snowdonia National park, renowned for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities. Within easy reach of the local beaches at Borth, Ynyslas and Aberdovey, and University town of Aberystwyth, Machynlleth has a vibrant local community, has a lively arts and music scene and is a great place for families.

CAT is located in Pantperthog, approximately 3 miles from the local historic town of Machynlleth. You can get to CAT by train, then bus, walk or taxi. See our website under ‘Visit CAT’ for more details on getting to CAT.

The staff

We employ around 100 staff, some of whom are seasonal. We also run volunteer programmes in both the summer and winter (see under volunteering section on the website).


Qualifying employees receive an additional 2% contribution towards their pension after 3 month’s service via Auto Enrolment process. Please note employees as from 1st April 2018 contribute 3%. Academic staff are able to join the teachers pension scheme.

Working week

Full-time is based on a 37.5 hour working week - 9.00 -5.00, with ½ hr for lunch and two 15 minute rest breaks.

Flexible working

CAT recognises the importance of a good work/home balance and as such offers a flexible working pattern for staff.  Staff work within core hours of 10-4pm (this may be different for staff where set shifts are required within the trading areas). Time worked over the normal working week are accrued as ‘TOIL’ (time off in lieu) and can be taken back as per our working procedures.

Holiday entitlement

Staff are entitled to 30 days (pro-rata), inclusive of bank holidays.

Additional benefits

Staff can take advantage of a discount offered by our on-site shop and cafe.

Staff are entitled to 2 free short courses every year.