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Air Quality, Environment and Industry Regulation Advisors / Scientists

Salary: £34,330 to £55,080 (depending on skills and experience).

Package: Generous career-average defined-benefits pension scheme (18.5% employer contributions), flexitime and flexible working arrangements.

Locations:  You will be based in one of our Environment Agency offices situated across England. We can be flexible about location and can provide the technology and support to allow you to work remotely and from home. A list of some of our locations is provided below others are available:

Preston, Penrith, Exeter, Bodmin, Bideford, Redruth, Launceston, Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Ely, Bedford, Brampton, Nottingham, Leicester, Ripley, Welwyn Garden City, Canterbury, Sevenoaks, West Malling, London, Lincoln, Spalding, Peterborough, Kettering, Pevensey, Worthing, Chichester, Romsey, Isle of Wight, Wallingford, Farnham, Bridgwater, Blandford, Chippenham, Lichfield, Solihull, Kidderminster, Tewkesbury, Stafford, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Beverley, Leeds or York

 The role
The Clean Air Strategy is a priority for Government. The Environment Agency regulates emissions from a wide range of industries including combustion, refineries, waste incineration, chemicals, metals, cement and lime, food and drink, paper/pulp and textiles manufacture. We also work with the Health and Safety Executive to reduce the risk of major industrial accidents damaging our environment. Noise and odour from industrial sites can also have a significant impact on the quality of life of those living or working nearby – in fact noise and odour issues are the most common cause of complaint relating to industry.

You will play a vital role in delivering improvements in air quality for people, habitats and wildlife, ensuring effective regulation of industry to protect the environment and promote sustainable growth. You will protect people’s quality of life whilst helping industry be good neighbours, comply with legislation and grow their businesses.

Working with Operations colleagues, Defra and other government departments and industry, you’ll inform policy and develop processes that will create a cleaner, safer and healthier environment whilst supporting economic growth, improving air quality, reducing emissions and preventing major industrial accidents. Your responsibilities may include:

  • delivering improved air quality and national emissions targets
  • assessing the impact of air pollution on people, habitats and wildlife
  • developing and improving regulatory strategy
  • providing guidance, training and support to operational colleagues
  • providing specialist advice on monitoring and compliance for complex situations
  • developing national and international standards for industrial technology and emissions
  • encouraging high environmental standards
  • ensuring compliance with legislation
  • providing expert advice on the implementation of legislation
  • updating and administering our staff training / development programme
  • briefing on air quality matters for all parts and levels of the Environment Agency including Board members
  • reporting on pollution inventory data.

About you
The regulatory work we do is so diverse, we are looking to recruit people from a range of backgrounds. You will have either:

  1. understanding of and experience in environmental regulation of industry as a regulator or through working for a regulated industry. Experience in any of the following would be an advantage:
  • noise
  • odour
  • combustion
  • refineries
  • waste incineration
  • chemicals
  • metals
  • cement and lime
  • food and drink
  • paper/pulp
  • textiles manufacture.
  1. significant experience in air quality management, environmental analysis and standard setting or the impacts of air quality on people, habitats and wildlife.

The rewards
As well as a competitive starting salary we offer:

  • A generous pension scheme (18.5% contributions from us)
  • Holiday allowance rising from 27 days to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working options including flexitime – our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance
  • Enhanced maternity (18 weeks full pay), paternity/adoption leave schemes
  • Interest free loans for travel season tickets
  • Childcare vouchers.

For more information, please contact Paul Wright on paul.wright@environment-agency.gov.uk or to apply, please click on this link.