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Careers with the Society for the Environment

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Relevant External Careers

Chair Forestry Commission

Remuneration: Total remuneration £39,200 (based on a daily rate of £490)
Location: Bristol (and National)
Closing Date: 13 September
Apply: Forestry Commission
Professional Registration Required? Not specified



As Chair you will provide visible leadership and strategic vision for the Board of Forestry Commissioners in line with its statutory objectives, set the overall strategic and operational direction of the FC, ensure good governance and, together with the Board, hold the executive to account. You will understand and promote the role of the FC in implementing Government policy for English forestry, in both the public and private sectors, and in contributing to a range of other Government policies. You will be able to balance priorities and command confidence and respect at the highest level with Ministers across Government and with partners across the country.

We are seeking a Chair who can maintain a positive and constructive relationship with the forestry sector and the devolved administrations, shape the delivery arrangements for forestry policy in the future and promote a positive and constructive relationship with everyone that works with the FC including other Defra bodies, Other Government Departments, regulators, local government, local communities, business and industry and other interest groups.

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting

Operations & Business Development Lead - Institution of Environmental Sciences

Remuneration: £31k-33k + 3% pension contribution
Location: Great Eastern Street, London
Closing Date: 26 August
Professional Registration Required? Not specified


This post will be responsible for delivering the smooth running of IES operations and developing membership services and income streams that support the evolution and growth of the Institution. We are seeking an experienced professional who is passionate about project management and committed to establishing, elevating and championing evidence-based environmental science.

You will seek to develop our existing services and source new initiatives which boost income growth, member satisfaction and operational efficiency. In this quickly growing organisation, you’ll have responsibility from ‘day one’, so you must be confident and able to learn quickly.

You will be highly organised with a keen eye for process improvement. Relishing a varied work day, you will need to be highly flexible and motivated and be able to fit into the friendly and collaborative culture of the office.

About the IES
The IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science. We activate our global network of leading education institutions, researchers, professionals, and policy makers to stand up for science, scientists and for the natural world.

Job Description


Develop, implement and document performance against Health & Safety, Environmental Management, Security and Data Protection policies;
Further develop the Institution's Diversity, Equality & Inclusion policies, setting targets and putting in place appropriate programmes of work;
Oversee adherence to internal policies and report any breaches to the CEO or Chair;
Act as the Data Protection Officer;
Contribute to the maintenance of the risk register, ensuring appropriate insurance and mitigations are put in place;
Provide independent investigation of any complaints from members regarding organisational performance; and
Produce work place plans with other members of staff, and provide ongoing project management and monitoring to ensure projects are delivered on time and in line with the organisational strategy

Business Development

Seek to develop existing and new services for members, as evidenced by appropriate market research;
Identify, scope and implement new income streams to support the development and growth of the Institution;
Foster appropriate external partnerships to further the organisation's strategic aims;
Promote a culture of membership and income growth across the organisation; and
Spearhead the digital transformation and automation of the Institution through implementation of the digital roadmap, managing external contractors and suppliers to deliver milestones on time and in budget

Person Specification
This is a multi-skilled position and we recognise that no candidate is likely to have all the desirable skills.

Undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional practice)
At least 3 years' office-based experience
Prior project management experience
Demonstrable ability to quickly pick up new tasks and communicate complex or technical concepts effectively
Evidence of active process improvement or project development which yielded a higher financial return
Clear and confident communicator
Acute problem solver
Technologically savvy
Excellent time management with ability to prioritise and juggle projects and meet strict deadlines
Flexible approach with the ability to use own initiative and rapidly respond to varying stakeholder needs
Comfortable working within a small team as well as autonomously
Understanding and appreciation of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion



Experience in the environmental or NGO/charity sector
Project management qualification
Knowledge of CRM systems and databases (particularly CiviCRM or Drupal)
Experience in developing policies and initiatives to enhance Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Strong understanding of UK and international data protection regulations
Demonstrable experience in developing internal policies (e.g. Data Protection, Health & Safety)
Experience of methodologies and analysis of market research

About the Role

The position is full time. The initial contract will be for one year, with the likelihood of extending. Additional benefits include 25 days holiday, personal development budget, travel loan, flexible working and more.

How to Apply
Please send a CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") and equal opportunities monitoring form to Chloe Fletcher by Monday 26th August.

Interviews will take place between Wednesday 28th August to Monday 2nd September with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

Why work for us?

At the IES, we know that the secret of a successful professional body is the quality of the people behind the membership services. Our small, inclusive team work collaboratively with one another, as well as our fantastic trustees, members and partner organisations, to fulfil our mission of advocating for science and the environment.

With a good list of employee benefits and a social calendar connected to the office, we are sure you will enjoy the culture of working at the IES. We care about nurturing your career development with individualised professional development plans and a separate budget that you can spend on your learning. This is a brilliant opportunity for an individual wanting to start their career with a real impact.

Further Information
If you have any questions about this role, please contact Chloe Fletcher via email at or telephone on +44 (0)20 3862 7484.

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting

Ecologist -  Sefton Council 

Remuneration: Scale H (£29,636 – £32,878)
Location: Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service, Planning Services, Sefton Council
Closing Date: 9 September
Professional Registration Required? Not specified

Company details

The Liverpool City Region has a wealth of Natura 2000 sites around our coasts and estuaries including the Dee, Mersey, Ribble, Alt, North Wirral and Sefton coasts and Liverpool Bay. We are striving to ensure that the very special wildlife thrives in a vibrant and progressive City Region economy.

Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service covers the districts of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St.Helens, Sefton, West Lancashire and Wirral.

Job Description
Benefits include: Casual Car User, Local Government Pension, flexible working and CIEEM membership fees.

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Ecologist, looking for a new career development opportunity.

The role includes opportunities to contribute a key part of the MEAS Business Strategy through the delivery of funded projects. Working as part of a small, but growing, team you will provide ecological advice including preparing environmental reports and assessments.

The work includes hands-on opportunities to review planning applications as well as prepare policy, develop and implement projects. Experience within a commercial setting would be welcome and you should also be experienced in working with statutory agencies and developers with a proven ability to identify and facilitate environmental solutions.

As an employee of Sefton Council you will enjoy the benefits of local government within an established City Region service. You will be based in Bootle as part of the wider MEAS Ecology Team. Access to your own transport and the ability to work evenings and weekends is desirable.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th September.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 2nd October.

Merseyside EAS will be recruiting for additional Ecology Team posts in the near future. These will comprise Ecologists posts (same job description as the currently advertised post) and an Assistant Ecologist post. Please indicate in the additional information section of your application form, if you wish to be considered for these future posts, should you be unsuccessful in the current recruitment process.

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting

Energy and Carbon Technician - South West Water

Remuneration: We can offer a competitive salary of £24,000 - £26,000 per annum DOE
Location: Exeter, Devon
Closing Date: 30 August
Professional Registration Required? Not specified


Do you have proven experience working within sustainability and energy efficiency? Are you looking for a new challenge?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join South West Water as an Energy and Carbon Technician based in, Exeter. 

About The Company 

South West Water provide reliable, efficient and high quality drinking water and waste water services throughout Cornwall, Devon, and parts of Somerset and Dorset. We believe that by investing in the future of our region, we are not only improving the quality of life for today’s residents and visitors but are also taking responsibility for future generations. Our aim is to continually drive up standards, particularly in the areas that matter most to our customers and be amongst the best in the water industry.

About The Role 

The Energy and Carbon Technician will assist in energy and carbon management activities to ensure the business maintains compliance with relevant legislative requirements, such as ESOS compliance through the company’s ISO 50001 certification. 

This role will also ensure the company’s energy management system is continuously improved, as well as ensuring information and data from the system is used in such a way that contributes to meeting all energy and carbon targets as directed by the Board. 

The Energy and Carbon Technician will also assist is the source data collection, processing and accounting for the purposes of reporting the company’s greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint). 

The Ideal Energy and Carbon Technician: 

Previous experience in an Energy, Carbon or Sustainability role 

Educated to A level standard or equivalent

Possession of an Engineering or Environmental Science related further or higher qualification would be advantageous

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing to people at all levels of the business

Logical and analytical approach to problem solving

Full driving license – occasional site visits will be required 

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting

Senior/Principal Ecologist - The Environmental Dimension Partnership Ltd (EDP)

Remuneration: Competitive
Location: Cardiff
Closing Date: 2 September
Professional Registration Required? Not specified

Company details

The Environmental Dimension Partnership is a well-established and successful environmental planning consultancy operating throughout England and Wales, with offices based in Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury. We are a broad-based practice with experience in all areas of professional ecological consultancy, as well as landscape, archaeology, arboriculture and master planning services. We have a small-team culture and deliver bespoke, creative solutions to our clients in the residential, commercial, energy and renewables sectors.

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated and enthusiastic ecologist to join our Ecology Team. Based out of our vibrant Cardiff office located at Atlantic Wharf, mid-way between the city center and the Bay, you will benefit from working with a multidisciplinary consultancy team and be expected to provide technical project management across a range of project sizes, types and complexities.

We are looking for a positive and solution-focused ecologist at Senior or Principal level, with a relevant degree and appropriate post-graduate qualification. Proven consultancy and project management experience is key. You should be an experienced ecologist with a broad range of technical skills, being well versed in the scoping of detailed habitat and species surveys, ecological mitigation and design, European Protected Species Mitigation Licensing and consultation with Statutory Consultees.

The successful candidate will also have a sound understanding of the current planning system and environmental legislation, have, or be eligible for, full membership with CIEEM and be willing to contribute to a supportive work environment, playing a key role in the mentoring, training and line management of junior team members, in addition to maintaining the quality of output across the team.

In addition to the right qualifications and experience you will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be personable, innovative and proactive. Additionally, you should be able to work effectively on your own and as part of a team, and have a full, valid UK driving licence. The salary for this post is to be agreed based on qualifications and experience and will form part of an excellent benefits package, including: pension; private health insurance; 30 days annual leave allowance (+ bank holidays); free lunch; and a profit share bonus scheme.

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting

Administrator - Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

Remuneration:  £18,236 – £21,964 per annum
Location: Winchester
Closing Date: 21 August
Professional Registration Required? Not specified

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the leading professional membership body for ecologists and environmental managers in the UK and Ireland.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Administrator with excellent IT skills to provide an efficient support service for the Institute’s small Professional Development team. The team organises conferences and training events, supports members’ undertaking Continuing Professional Development, and provides careers advice and guidance. This will be a busy and varied job suited to someone who is adaptable, flexible and committed to delivering great internal and external customer service.

As part of our commitment to making CIEEM a great place to work, we offer a comprehensive reward and benefits package which includes; flexible working, 25 days leave plus public holidays, a generous Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme with CIEEM contributing up to 10% of salary (dependant on employee’s contribution), as well as appropriate personal development opportunities.

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting

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