Senior Environmental Project Manager - 28495

Staff Grade 5
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Programme and Project Management
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.
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.
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.
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

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.

25/02/2024, 23:55 hours

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.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.