Marchmont Community Projects Coodinator

“Volunteering with the SHRUB Community Projects team has helped develop my organisational skills and my confidence at managing projects.  It has given me facilitation and communication skills which has benefited me in my studies and job applications” -Lucy, current Community Projects Coordinator Volunteer

About the Role

We are looking for volunteers to set up several community projects in the Marchmont area to create a link between the permanent community and students in that area. Being a coordinator with us will mean communication with different people and organisations about our ideas, organising and working out the logistics of different events throughout the year. Current ideas for the year include: a swapshop, community blether and end of year collections.

Volunteers will gain experience in:

  • Management and organisation of projects
  • Being able to communicate with different stakeholders
  • Facilitation of meetings

Essential Skills

  • Be keen to engage the local community
  • Enjoy working with others and open to ideas
  • Be committed and want to follow through a project from beginning to end

Practical details

  • 2 to 4 hours per week
  • Workgroup meetings every other Monday from 5-6pm


  • Partnership working skills
  • Ownership of projects
  • Networking with different organisations
  • References for job applications.
  • Free volunteer membership of Shrub giving you access to: decision making in our open meetings, free stuff from our member’s freeshop, and invites to our monthly Shrub parties!
  • Saving the planet and benefiting the community

How to Apply

Please send an e-mail to with a short explanation of why you are interested in this role and any relevant experience you may have.

After receiving your application, we will ask you to come in for an informal chat about the role with the current team.

About Shrub Coop & Zero Waste Edinburgh

Zero Waste Edinburgh is a project coordinated by SHRUB Coop, a grassroots organisation which aims to provide a welcoming space for rethinking our relationship to waste and developing creative solutions based on the principles of the circular economy.

Over the next 2 years, we’ll be:

Creating a Food Sharing Hub to distribute surplus food to those who need and want it within the community, funded by Pay As You Feel donations.

Running a Material Matters workshop programme themed around Textiles, Bicycles, Electronics, and Furniture that will upskill the community and create new upcycling enterprises.

Expanding end of term Collections beyond student halls of residence to high density student streets to reduce fly-tipping and encourage better relationships between students and the local community.

Establishing a Zero Waste Advocate Network of local community members who share the vision of an Edinburgh without waste and will support each other in reducing waste in their patch.