21P-160 Environment Officer

Salary: Band D, Range £33,671 to £40,693. Candidates are appointed typically at the starting point, with some flexibility subject to skills/knowledge/experience. Our full range of benefits is outlined at the bottom of the job description

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent/Full time

Contract Length: Permanent

Closing Date: 04 February 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Job Reference: 21P-160

21P-160 Environment Officer

Organisation position and purpose

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Environment Officer to join the Institute. This is a critical role, being an integral part of the Risk & Assurance team that covers biosafety, environment and sustainability, quality, security, business continuity and health & safety.

This diverse, hands-on role encompasses a broad range of activities, including management of the site waste contract and processes, internal audits and Duty of Care audits, monitoring and reporting of emissions to air, land and water, and promoting sustainability across the Institute.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Carry out monitoring activities to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental legislation and permit conditions, reporting internally and/or to external regulators and stakeholders as required.
  • Manage site waste contracts and coordinate waste management processes for site.
  • Manage external waste contractors and environment-related contractors and escort during visits to site.
  • Provide training on environmental processes and procedures as required.
  • Be an active member of the Institute’s Energy and Environment Team.
  • Collate environmental and sustainability data for the Institute’s Key Performance Indicators (KPI) dashboard.
  • Ensure relevant documentation is maintained and kept up to date.
  • Manage site preparedness for and response to environmental incidents such as spills,
    and carry out investigations into such incidents.
  • Carry out internal audits in accordance with the Institute’s Risk & Assurance audit programme, and external Duty of Care audits as required.
  • Keep up to date with changes in environmental legislation and other compliance requirements, ensuring these are reviewed and where required, are implemented
    in the management system and communicated to stakeholders.
  • Promote sustainability within the Institute and develop excellent collaboration and coordination with colleagues in various departments.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

Personal specification

We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive, self-motivated and detail-focused individual with excellent organisational, time management and communication skills. The ideal candidate will be reliable under pressure, and able to engage and influence colleagues at all levels across the Institute.

Specific requirements


  • Degree in an environmental subject or similar, or equivalent qualifications and/or experience.
  • Working knowledge of UK environmental law.
  • Experience in waste management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and influencing skills, especially with managers, accreditation bodies and regulatory authorities.
  • As the role involves travel to contractors’ sites (e.g. waste transfer stations,
    incinerator sites) for Duty of Care audits, a driving licence is essential.




  • Experience in clinical waste and/or hazardous waste management.
  • Experience working under the ISO 14001:2015 standard.
  • Associate membership or above of a relevant professional body such as IEMA.
  • Experience of working in a research, science, or similar sector.
  • Knowledge or health and safety and/or quality management.


Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.


What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

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