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Greenpeace

About Us

Greenpeace is a movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction. Our vision is a greener, healthier and more peaceful planet, one that can sustain life for generations to come. 

We are independent. We don’t accept any funding from governments, corporations or political parties – our work is funded by ordinary people. That means we are free to confront governments and corporations responsible for the destruction of the natural world and push for real change. 

We do this by investigating, documenting and exposing the causes of environmental destruction. We work to bring about change by lobbying, consumer pressure and mobilising members of the general public. And we take peaceful direct action to protect our Earth and promote solutions for a green and peaceful future. 

Greenpeace was founded in 1971 by a small group of concerned individuals, who set sail to Amchitka island off the coast of Alaska to try and stop a US nuclear weapons test. Their old fishing boat was called “The Greenpeace”. Today, Greenpeace is present in over 40 countries around the world. Our movement is growing every day and our commitment to realising our vision is as strong as ever. 

We find ourselves at a pivotal point in human history now. Climate change is rapidly accelerating and we are feeling the effects of it ever more – in the changes to our air, sea levels and more extreme weather events. The need to act to protect our planet has never been so urgent, yet governments and corporations are still dragging their feet. Our mission is to promote radical changes and new solutions to the ways we live on this planet so that we can all call it home for generations to come.

Work For Greenpeace

Greenpeace is a movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction. It is not only our committed volunteers and activists who help us achieve this vision, but also our team of dedicated staff. View current job vacancies and learn more about what it's like to work for Greenpeace.

What we look for

  • Passion and dedication are crucial when fighting for our planet, so we look for people who will be passionate about our campaigns.
  • Non-violent direct action (NVDA) – using peaceful protest to demand social and political change – is central to Greenpeace’s campaign work. All our staff are trained in NVDA principles to gain a deeper understanding of this area of our work, although we recognise people’s autonomy in choosing to take action or not.
  • Greenpeace is an equal opportunities employer and we believe that a diverse and inclusive culture brings richness to an organisation. We look for people who support this value.
  • People who think and work collaboratively. Greenpeace produces the best work when a diverse team of thinkers, planners and doers come together to fight tirelessly to expose abuses of power.
  • For more insight into who we look for and what it’s like to work for Greenpeace, read stories from employees about their experiences.

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More about GREENPEACE

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & ANTI-RACISM

Greenpeace is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that a diverse culture brings richness to an organisation and inclusion is required to unleash the potential of diversity. Our diversity and inclusion lead, diversity and inclusion group and numerous staff-led groups all help drive this agenda.

Promoting diversity is at the forefront of what Greenpeace does, and our focus doesn’t stop at our staff. We are constantly striving to better diversity in all aspects of our organisation, through who we employ, the experiences we represent and the changes for which we campaign.

We are always improving our understanding on how to be more inclusive and accessible and understand that this is necessary to allow everyone to thrive.

There are many ways that we encourage and promote diversity and inclusion throughout Greenpeace UK.

  • We have a diversity and inclusion group which is made up from a range of staff. The group explores issues related to diversity and inclusion, such as race (see more on our anti-racism commitment below), class, neurodiversity, disability, and LGBTQ+ Rights. Their work focuses on ways to remove social barriers and help marginalised people thrive at Greenpeace UK and beyond. 
  • All Greenpeace employees are required to attend a course on showing respect in the workplace. We are striving to create an organisational culture that allows everyone to feel included, engaged and comfortable at work, and to contribute to the best of their ability.
  • We have a range of staff-led groups for people to safely discuss their experiences at Greenpeace. These include groups for people of colour, self-identifying women, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with ongoing health conditions, disabilities and different abilities.
  • We hold regular staff workshops and talks to continue educating ourselves and embedding a strong culture of diversity and inclusion through the organisation.
  • Our internship programme focuses on providing opportunities for people who are underrepresented in the industry.
  • We publish our gender pay gap information in line with our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

EMPLOYER BENEFITS AND WELLBEING 

Along with providing sector-leading employment benefits as standard, Greenpeace takes the wellbeing of staff incredibly seriously. Enjoy flexible working, healthy food, yoga classes, free counselling, personal development workshops and much more.

Happy and well-supported staff are the key to Greenpeace’s successes within the global environmental movement. The UK office is proud to offer sector-leading salaries and pensions, a generous holiday allowance, and other employment benefits such as a cycle to work scheme

Our benefits

  • Salaries for our jobs are advertised as and when vacancies arise, so you know upfront if it’s right for you. Each year, a cost of living inflationary increase is considered and is subject to board approval.
  • Our full time working week is 37.5 hours.
  • Annual leave is 25 days per year for full time staff and additional leave is accrued according to length of service up to a maximum of 32 days. Annual leave is applied pro rata for part time staff. Our office is normally closed between Christmas and new year and staff are not required to use annual leave to cover this period.
  • We offer a generous salary sacrifice pension scheme held with Aviva. Greenpeace contributes 8.5% of basic salary, provided employees contribute at least 3%.
  • To assist with meeting the costs of travel to work, employees are able to take advantage of an interest free season ticket loan, or a tax efficient bicycle loan offered through www.cyclescheme.co.uk.
  • We offer a life assurance scheme paying four times the employee’s annual salary in the unfortunate event of death during employment.

Our approach to wellbeing

 

Employee Assistance Programme

All employees have access to free confidential advice with a qualified counsellor on any issues, offered through our employee assistance programme.

 

Flexible working & time in lie

We are happy to consider flexible working requests as part of the recruitment process. Beyond this, all Greenpeace UK staff are eligible to apply for flexible working after six months of service. We also use a time off in lieu system where time off can be agreed with your manager if you have worked significantly more than your contractual hours, to ensure you are achieving a healthy work-life balance.

 

Groups

We have a health group that aims to make it easier for people who are managing ongoing health conditions, disabilities and different abilities to work at Greenpeace. We also have a wellbeing group that focuses on activities such as mindfulness techniques, yoga relaxation and issues like climate anxiety.

 

Resources

We have a room with a wealth of wellbeing resources. It also can be used equally for prayer and for non-religious contemplation, meditation and relaxation.

 

Workshops

We run several learning and development workshops including building personal resilience, courageous conversations and managing mental health at work.

 

Healthy food

We have a subsidised café which serves healthy, organic vegetarian and vegan food for staff and visitors at a fraction of the cost of a typical Islington lunch.

 

Cycling

If you would like to cycle or run to work, or take an active lunch break, we have showers, lockers and a bike shed. Employees also have access to a free cycle maintenance workshop held on site once a month.

 

Yoga


We provide free weekly yoga class every Tuesday with an expert instructor covering a range of yoga practices.

ANTI-RACISM

We are committed to dismantling systemic racism, creating a community of allies and empowering people of colour. 

  • We have launched an anti-racism action plan that all Greenpeace employees are accountable for. We have four objectives: to proactively achieve stronger representation of Black people and people of colour across both the wider sector and our own organisation especially within leadership positions; to become strong allies of the anti-racism movement and explicitly expose the links between systemic racism and environmental abuse; organise ongoing anti-racism education programmes for all staff in order to embed a culture of anti-racism into the fabric of our organisation; and continue to review this work to hold ourselves to account and be better.
  • We have established an implementation team which is made up of seven colleagues from across the organisation who identify as black, asian or ethnic minority. The team supports the (currently majority white) leadership team and wider teams in their strategic decisions and plans. They offer diverse perspectives and keep the bar high on our commitment to tackling systemic racism.
  • We acknowledge that systemic racism and other systemic inequalities negatively impact people of colour in terms of their access to education, opportunities, and experiences. To overcome this barrier, we have launched an Equity and Empowerment programme for people of colour at Greenpeace to help them thrive at work and explore their potential.
  • We hold regular workshops and talks to continue our education.

Employee stories

 

Sam

"I am able to be myself at Greenpeace more so than any other place I’ve worked"

Kalila

"The flexibility to choose my own projects has been one of my favourite things about my Greenpeace internship"

Anthony

"I thought Greenpeace would be intimidating, but I couldn’t have been more wrong"

Emily

"There’s a recognition that women bring a strong perspective to leadership"

Benefits at Greenpeace

List of all the benefits that Greenpeace are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Competitive Salary
  • Yoga - We provide free weekly yoga class every Tuesday with an expert instructor covering a range of yoga practices.
  • Cycling - If you would like to cycle or run to work, or take an active lunch break, we have showers, lockers and a bike shed. Employees also have access to a free cycle maintenance workshop held on site once a month.
  • Healthy Food - We have a subsidised café which serves healthy, organic vegetarian and vegan food for staff and visitors at a fraction of the cost of a typical Islington lunch.
  • Workshops- We run several learning and development workshops including building personal resilience, courageous conversations and managing mental health at work.
  • Resources- We have a room with a wealth of wellbeing resources. It also can be used equally for prayer and for non-religious contemplation, meditation and relaxation.
  • Health Groups
  • Flexible Working
  • Employee Assistance Programme -All employees have access to free confidential advice with a qualified counsellor on any issues, offered through our employee assistance programme.
  • 25 days annual leave + public holidays

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