Canal & River Trust

Senior Environmental Scientist

Job Locations UK-Wigan | UK-Stoke on Trent | UK-Ellesmere Port
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Temporary FT
Advertised Salary
Up to £38k + Car Cash Allowance

Job Purpose

We’re the charity helping millions of people feel happier and healthier by spending more time on and along our canals and rivers. Our rich and tranquil spaces provide places to pause, relax, get fit and escape. It takes an extraordinary team to bring our waterways to life and that’s where you come in.


We currently have a 2 year fixed term Senior Environmental Scientist vacancy to be based in the North West Region at either our Wigan, Red Bull or Ellesmere Port offices. 


The Senior Environmental Scientist will provide the Trust with technical expertise in Environmental Science across the NW Region.


The successful candidate will be a valued member of the NW Heritage & Environment Team. Working pro-actively in their area of expertise, they will support and develop the Trust’s protection, improvement and promotion of the natural environment of the waterways and provide professional environmental science technical guidance and advice to help achieve a wide range of corporate objectives and ensure the Trust remains legally compliant.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide expert technical advice within their area of expertise as requested.
  • 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
  • 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 as appropriate to the development and implementation of the Trust’s Asset Management Strategies especially in respect of the Trust’s dredging programme to achieve customer service requirements & positive management of the natural environment efficiently and effectively.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the dredging programme through prioritisation of projects, production of project booklets and liaison with Project Managers.
  • Contribute to corporate targets on raising public awareness of and support for the Trust. Including national and local programmes of internal and external engagement with colleagues, customers, volunteers, stakeholders and the general public to promote the value of waterways and the work of the Trust to increase the Trust’s reputation and influence and secure additional resources for our work.
  • Contribute to the implementation and further development of the Trusts environmental management system (EMS; including associated processes & standards such as Environmental Appraisal) with responsibility for monitoring application across the North West Region and identifying and maintaining appropriate levels of environmental training & competency.
  • Undertake regular monitoring and reporting on Trust compliance with regulatory requirement and corporate environmental standards
  • Contribute to the NW Regions volunteer action plan through task identification, engagement and recruitment of volunteers to help deliver the Trusts environmental initiatives.
  • Contribute to external engagement and fundraising locally to secure additional resources to enhance the Trust’s environmental assets.
  • Displaying the Trust values and behaviours at all times
  • Ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust’s policies and values


Knowledge, Experience & Skills:

  • Degree or equivalent in relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge of, and practical experience of operating within, UK & European environmental policy and regulatory frameworks
  • 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
  • Chartered professional and Full member of relevant professional institution (CIWEM, IEMA)
  • Valid driving licence is essential
  • Proven post qualification (chartered or equivalent) experience in application of specialist knowledge within a business environment.
  • Able to review conflicting (and cross-functional) risks to establish and communicate appropriate options / priorities or make sound judgements within delegated levels of responsibility.
  • Exercise a strategic response to issues.
  • Able to negotiate effectively with internal and external contacts to achieve desired outcomes for the Trust
  • Able to support other areas of the Trust’s business in an appropriate manner, taking account of overall business priorities and negotiating resources as appropriate
  • Experience of operating within a customer service environment
  • Understanding of Trust governance, financial controls and systems of compliance


Safety Responsibilities:


The general duties of all job holders are to:

  • Lead by example, ensure your team take responsibility for the safety of colleagues, volunteers, themselves and customers. Comply with Canal & River Trust’s Health & Safety policy and defined standards. Investigate and report incidents, accidents and near misses. Ensure safe use of appropriate equipment, prepare Risk Assessments and Method Statements ensuring contents are understood and acted upon.
  • To be aware of your own responsibilities regarding safeguarding and to support our commitment to providing safe environments and working practises that promote and protect the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk at all times

What We Offer

In addition to your salary we offer Car Cash Allowance, a generous contributory DC Pension Plan, and excellent annual holiday entitlement. More information on our benefits can be found here


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. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.


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