Waste Permitting Officer

24 Oct 2018
11 Nov 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

The role

Your role will involve working in multidisciplinary areas of the environment and waste industry. You will carry out environmental investigation and assessments on the impacts of these sites on their surrounding environment which include; European and locally protected species and habitats, ground and surface water, human receptors and air pollution. Other areas of work include learning the technical processes of waste treatment and handling and how facilities mitigate risk to the environment through management plans and risk assessments.

You’ll pro-actively manage your own workload, seeking support and escalating issues as appropriate, to deliver high quality environmental permitting decisions to tight deadlines. To achieve this, you’ll have excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with customers. You must be prepared to have difficult conversations with customers and be able to clearly explain your decisions. You’ll also provide mentoring and coaching support to others.

In exchange for your hard work, you’ll have the opportunity to further develop your skills, expertise and career in this fast-paced environment, for example by taking on a lead role or getting involved in project work such as a permit review programme.

The team

The National Permitting Service delivers the Environment Agency’s permitting and regulatory responsibilities, enabling businesses to operate whilst protecting the environment.

You’ll be joining an established permitting team, who determine environmental permit applications for the waste industry such as waste treatment and transfer, end of life vehicles, metals, and permanent deposits of waste to land.

However, you will need to remain flexible to respond to changing demands.

Experience/skills required

Excellent communication skills are a must as you’ll be working with a diverse range of people. You’ll also have:

  • Technical knowledge of at least one of the following: waste treatment and transfer of inert, non-hazardous and hazardous waste, end of life vehicles, metals, and permanent deposits of waste to land, noise, odour, dust, habitats, fire prevention plans.
  • Experience in environmental management and environmental risk assessment.
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to provide first-rate customer service.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers. 
  • Delivered high work standards to agreed targets.
  • Worked to make decisions and achieve planned outcomes within given timescales.

We’re ideally looking for people that have experience of environmental permitting. But the key things we’re looking for are transferrable skills and capabilities – do not be put off applying if you don’t have this experience.

Contact info

Everyone starting in a new role with the Environment Agency will be welcomed into the team and given all of the training and support you need to succeed. There are also fully funded opportunities to develop further academic/professional qualifications.

For further information on this role, the employee benefits and the work of the Environment Agency, please download the candidate pack. For further information, please contact:

Samantha Haddock, Permitting Team Leader - 0203 0254710 - samantha.haddock@environment-agency.gov.uk

Please note that these roles will primarily be office based, although infrequent travel will be required to attend meetings and / or training.

The closing date for applications is 11 November 2018.

We expect to hold interviews in Bristol on Weeks commencing 3rd and 10th December.