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Senior Permitting Officers - Waste

Environment Agency
Bristol (x1), Sheffield (x1) and either Bristol, Sheffield, Warrington, Birmingham or Nottingham (x1)
Closing date
29 Dec 2021
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Job Details

Role: Senior Permitting Officers - Waste

Salary: £34,879

Grade: G5

Location: Bristol (x1), Sheffield (x1) and either Bristol, Sheffield, Warrington, Birmingham or Nottingham (x1)

About the Environment Agency

If you’re part of the Environment Agency, you’re part of the solution. Working with us means protecting and improving the environment for generations to come, tackling issues of national importance across a huge variety of disciplines. Our responsibilities span major industry regulation, flood defences, land contamination, water quality, fisheries and conservation. Such a broad scope of work calls for diverse, multi-skilled teams and exceptional leadership: together, we’ll promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change and secure a better future for everyone.

Your role with us

Permitting is the foundation of regulation, and crucial to the economy, people and wildlife. By assessing applications for a range of complex, novel or contentious environmental permits from the waste industry, you’ll ensure we protect the environment whilst enabling businesses to operate. You’ll also provide mentoring and coaching support to others, and ensure that we deliver high-quality risk-based decisions. You will work closely with team members, unblocking and resolving technical issues.

You’ll join our National Permitting Service where teams work together to assess over 14,000 applications each year across a wide range of activities and permitting regimes. It’s a fast-paced environment, offering plenty of opportunity to learn new skills and take on more responsibility for people and projects.

Who we’re looking for

You’re likely to have specialist technical knowledge of a broad range of waste sites and waste activities in an area such as inert landfill, deposit for recovery, hazardous waste, clinical waste or mining waste. You’ll also have knowledge of environmental management and environmental risk assessment. Any exposure to environmental permitting would be beneficial, and membership of relevant professional body would be helpful.

We’re looking for well-organised people who are able to manage a busy workload. Collaborative in your approach, you’ll be ready to deliver to a high standard and to tight deadlines. To achieve this, you’ll need to develop and maintain excellent working relationships. As well as influencing others and carrying out diverse negotiations, you must also be prepared to have difficult conversations and clearly explain your decisions. 

Your benefits with us

You will benefit from a culture that embraces difference and includes everyone, where you will feel supported and trusted to do the right thing. We will invest in you and allow you to grow and shape your career. What’s more, you’ll be able to have access to our great benefits package, including generous annual leave, an excellent pension, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to be part of a variety of staff networks.

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. To achieve this, we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation and religion. We also welcome applications for flexible working patterns.


Within England we’re responsible for:

  • regulating major industry and waste
  • treatment of contaminated land
  • water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

Lead local flood authorities are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and lead on community recovery, including making sandbags available to those that need them.

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