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Senior Environmental Project Manager 

Environment Agency
UK Wide (Hybrid)
Closing date
25 Feb 2024

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Environment , Sustainability
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Senior Environmental Project Manager 


We are looking for Senior Environmental Project Managers to join our National Environmental Assessment and Sustainability team (NEAS). NEAS undertake environmental assessment of all the Environment Agency’s capital projects and the Strategic Environmental Assessment of relevant Strategies and Plans to ensure projects fully comply with environmental legislation and policy.

As a Senior Environmental Project Manager, you will provide quality advice on environmental issues. You will advise on the level of environmental assessment needed to ensure that our projects are legally compliant and environmental risks and opportunities are highlighted. Our Senior Environmental Project Managers work on our more complex, challenging projects, scoping the environmental elements of work, planning and co-ordinating the delivery of Environmental Impact Assessments and influencing a range of environmental stakeholders at feasibility, planning, design and construction stages. You will oversee the identification, management, mitigation and reduction of environmental risk on projects as well as promoting sustainable approaches such as low carbon solutions.

You’ll be involved in ground-breaking and award-winning work, leaving a legacy for the future through effective collaboration across internal departments, the wider Defra group, statutory bodies, our Supply Partners, businesses and communities.

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

The team

NEAS is divided into 6 operational Hubs, with each being led by an Operational Unit Manager overseeing 10-15 staff, supported by Principal Environmental Specialists and Team Leaders. Each Team Leader manages several Environmental Project Managers (EPMs) and Senior Environmental Project Managers (SEPMs) who work collaboratively with our environmental supply partners to provide technical expertise and support the day-to-day delivery of projects within our flood & coastal erosion risk management programme.

Experience/skills required

Preferable to be educated to Degree standard in an environmental science or a related subject, however not essential.

Demonstrate previous experience in managing the environmental risk in projects

Considerable involvement within infrastructure projects

Experience as an environmental adviser within multi-disciplinary project teams

Excellent communication and influencing skills with stakeholders as relationship management is a key element of the role

Required to demonstrate experience as an environmental adviser within multi-disciplinary project teams 

Experience in mentoring and supporting colleagues to in a diverse and inclusive environment

Qualified or conversant in project management terminology is advantageous

Membership of a professional environmental institute would be preferred however not essential and if successful the agency can be involved with obtaining and funding membership.

It would be advantageous to have knowledge of flood and coastal risk management and FCRM Project appraisal however in house training is available.

A driving licence is ideally required.

Contact and additional information 

Please see the candidate pack for more information on the benefits offered, including generous pension provision and leave entitlement, flexible working practices, and excellent training and learning opportunities.  

As a national role the office location is flexible. The role will require regular travel to project sites and project team meetings in other Agency and Supply Partner offices. Overnight stays will be necessary from time to time. 

For further information [email protected]

CVs or other documents attached to your application will not be assessed for selection.  

Interviews are anticipated to take place virtually via MS Teams at the start of April 2024.

Job description attachment

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Candidate pack 

Candidate Pack - 28495.docx – 2039KB 
Converted File Candidate Pack - 28495.docx.pdf – 548KB 

Closing Date:  

25/02/2024, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required

Basic Check


Environmental Awareness


Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively 

Question: Describe a time when you have had to communicate an important but challenging environmental message to get buy in and support from others?


Legislative Knowledge


Applies a knowledge of statutory environmental and technical requirements to protect both the Environment Agency and the environment. 

Question: Describe a time when you have had to communicate an environmentally complex legal matter on a project to non-environmental people?


Communicates Effectively


Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

Question: Describe a time when you have had to communicate an important but challenging environmental message to get buy in and support from others?


Focuses on Customers and Partners


Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

Question: Describe a time when you have sought the views of key stakeholders and how you took these forward in the project?

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.


Who we are

We were established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. We have around 10,600 employees. Our head office is in Bristol and we have another office in London. 


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 (LLFAs) are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and lead on community recovery.


Our priorities are to:

  • work with businesses and other organisations to manage the use of resources
  • increase the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion
  • protect and improving water, land and biodiversity
  • improve the way we work as a regulator to protect people and the environment and support sustainable growth

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