Environmental Advisor

This is a key position within the Environment Department Technical Team, providing environmental assessment / environmental management related technical advice and support to our project delivery (and operational) teams.

Employer: The Coal Authority
Location: Wales
Salary: £34,544 to £37,998.40
Closing Date: 14 October 2021
Sector:  Public Sector, Environmental, Renewable Energy
Function: Sustainability / Sustainable Development, Environmental Management

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.
We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is already helping to address the nature and bio-diversity emergencies by cleaning up pollution in surface waters, whilst we are also helping to address the climate emergency by considering renewable energy generation opportunities, such as mine water heat helping Wales and the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including flexi time, 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), (Pro rata for part time employees) civil service pension scheme, gym membership contribution, and professional membership.

Flexible working:
We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

As this role will be focused on the Welsh Metal Mines Programme, working closely with our Welsh based teams on sites spread across Wales this role will suit candidates within easy travel distance to Wales and thus we are happy to see applications from areas outside of Wales.

About the role:
This is a key position within the Environment Department Technical Team, providing environmental assessment / environmental management related technical advice and support to our project delivery (and operational) teams.

Whilst in time you will likely get involved in many of our activities, your primary / specific focus will be the Welsh Metal (non-coal) Mine Programme (the Programme), which is just one of the strategic legacy mining and mine water remediation programmes that we are currently involved in delivering.

The Programme is responsible for the assessment, development, planning and delivery of pollution mitigation and environmental improvement projects, across the portfolio of abandoned metal mine sites in Wales; it is being jointly delivered together with NRW, requiring truly collaborative working.

Projects generally include a variety of remedial interventions, not least surface water and spoil heap management and both passive and active minewater treatment schemes and we actively consider and trial novel and emerging technologies.

We encounter a wide range of environmental sensitivities and constraints at all sites, with most of the sites having some designated areas / features either close to or on-site (such as Scheduled Monuments, SSSI) and most typically located in rural areas and sitting within or close to protected areas (such as National Parks, SAC and SPA). Many of these features also present opportunities for multiple outcomes, including in collaboration with other stakeholders, so increasing benefits for both the project and the Programme. These could relate to environmental enhancements such as bio-diversity and heritage improvements, or renewable energy generation for example.
For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:
The successful applicant will be required to lead on the environmental assessment of projects, in close co-ordination / collaboration with colleagues both within the Coal Authority and also within NRW, ensuring appropriate ecological and environmental data is collected and utilised.

You will need to be proactive in identifying risks and opportunities that need to be considered during project development and delivery, promoting best environmental practice and driving projects towards more sustainable outcomes / deliverables, considering the principles of Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
You will need a good awareness and understanding of wider environmental and sustainability agendas and related issues in governmental and non-governmental organisations. This will help in adapting to a rapidly changing environment, such as the recognition and declarations of the Climate and Nature Emergencies and the Bio-diversity Crisis and what implications that will have on projects and the organisation.

Working at the Coal Authority:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs. Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive. We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

Other essential information

Application closing date: Thursday 14th October 2021

The Coal Authority is currently following all required social distancing practices during our recruitment process.

Application outcome:
We have a long ended closing date on this vacancy but we will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews every 2 weeks. We may close the advert ahead of the date above if a suitable candidate is sourced.

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

To apply please email CV and cover letter to peopleteam@coal.gov.uk