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Waterman Infrastructure & Environment Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship - London 


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Agriculture, Soils and Forestry Lead, Phase 1 HS2 Ltd.

Closing Date:Not specified (to be in place before 3rd April)

Send CV to Jon Austin at Atkins:

Professional Registration/ Membership Required?Essential: Membership/ Chartership of a relevant professional organisation (e.g. Chartered Environmentalist - via a membership body licensed by the Society for the Environment - find out more here)



Job title: Agriculture, Soils and Forestry Lead, Phase 1 HS2 Ltd.
Reporting to: Head of Geotechnics
Directorate: Infrastructure Directorate

The purpose of the Agriculture, Soils and Forestry Lead is, in liaison with the HS2 Head of Natural Environment, to oversee the delivery of agriculture, forestry and soils (and related policies/plans) for Phase One of HS2 in keeping with programme needs, Environmental Minimum Requirements, Undertakings and Assurances, and agreed standards and legislation.

2. ROLE 
The following provides a list of the main activities to be undertaken by the post-holder:
Assure soil survey data submitted by contractors and consultants
Assure contractor produced Soil Resource Plans and Soil Management Plans
Provide high quality technical advice on soils and agriculture, both within HS2 and to contractors
Promote good practice in relation to soils and agriculture across disciplines within HS2, and amongst contractors
Ensure contractors understand and implement the relevant technical standard and specification
Update the technical standard and specification in line with programme requirements and the availability of new knowledge
Ensure agriculture, forestry and soils issues are key considerations in project decision making and management processes and continue to promote the importance of this topic area. 

Essential skills 
Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant environmental subject 
Membership/ Chartership of a relevant professional organisation (e.g. Chartered Environmentalist - via a membership body licensed by the Society for the Environment - find out more here)
Demonstrable “Foundation Skills”, as set out by the British Society of Soil Science 
Track record of carrying out field-based soil and Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) surveys.
Track record of preparing soil resource plans for land restoration.  
Experience of working in agriculture and soil management on a major infrastructure project or within a large organisation.

Desirable skills
Good knowledge of relevant legislation, policy and best practice e.g. Agriculture Bill
Ability to present technical information in a clear and informative manner to a non-specialist audience 
Understanding of project management principles
Understanding of CDM requirements 
Familiarity with GIS


Strong interpersonal and communication skills including effective stakeholder engagement skills
Self-motivated, enthusiastic and tenacious, ‘can-do’ attitude
Ability to work collaboratively
Experience of working on large scale projects


The post-holder will be working in a dynamic project environment with a team of environment and engineering professionals, project managers, technical specialists and consultants engaged on the project.  The role will also require working closely with design and construction contractors. 

The post will require an awareness of the risks arising from field survey work, and the necessary precautionary measures to be taken in a CDM environment.


For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please contact 



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