Canal & River Trust

Environmental Scientist

Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Temporary FT
Operations & Asset Management
Advertised Salary
£22, 000 - £25, 000

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings – preserving them for future generations.


The Environmental Scientist will play a varied role within the North Environment Team working across a range of business functions including; environment, operational, asset management, engineering, estates, planning and third party works. The successful applicant will have a reporting base in Wigan and will be required to travel regularly to offices, depots and sites throughout the North West with occasional travel to the North East.


This post is a 12 month fixed term contract.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience



  • Help implement the Trusts Environmental Management System (EMS) including its environmental appraisal procedures
  • Monitoring and reporting on compliance with regulatory requirement and corporate environmental standards
  • Identify implications of environmental legislation for the Trusts activities and provide practical advice on necessary measures to protect the Trusts interests and the waterway environment
  • Provide support and advice on waste management, contaminated land and water quality management across a range of Trust business activities to mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts and identify and deliver opportunities for appropriate environmental enhancements on our waterways
  • Contribute to the delivery of the dredging programme through prioritisation of projects, production of project booklets and liaison with Project Managers.
  • Undertake environmental surveys (water & sediment sampling) implementing consistent standards for data management
  • Work with other colleagues within the environment team and others to respond to environmental issues and incidents
  • Liaise with external regulators and stakeholders (including Environment Agency and local Planning Authorities) in relation to environmental protection and management
  • Deliver training on aspects of environmental protection and management to Trust employees, contractors and volunteers
  • Contribute to marketing & media opportunities to generate positive publicity for environmental management activities carried out by the Trust
  • Work with volunteers on a variety of environmental initiatives


Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Practical understanding of current environmental legislation, especially UK and European Waste Legislation
  • Proven experience in environmental protection and management, resolving complex issues and devising processes to ensure and maintain legal compliance.
  • Broad knowledge of environmental good practice
  • Proven experience in the application of practical knowledge within a business environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Membership of relevant professional institute (CIWEM, IEMA)
  • Valid driving licence is essential

What We Offer

In addition to your annual salary, car cash allowance, we offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.


We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.  Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.


Find out more about the work we do on our website:


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