Senior Environmental Manager

Job reference:
BAS 20/36
Contract type:
Open-Ended and Full-Time
Starting salary from £38,318 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Environment Office team
Closing date:
1 March, 2020 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are currently looking for full-time (37 hours per week) Senior Environmental Manager to join our vibrant Environment Office.

What is about?

This post is essential for the functioning of the team, with the post holder required to manage the delivery of the large Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports required for future projects, oversee the running of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and the management of Antarctic wastes. Other technical responsibilities include provision of environmental training and preparation of oil spill response contingency plans. The post holder will also be required to line manage staff.

We are looking for a suitably experienced and organised individual, with a flexible approach to their workload. The post holder will need to be capable of managing projects and staff. Good communication and numerical skills are vital for this role.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


This role is to enable and support BAS Operations and Science teams in meeting their legal and corporate environmental management commitments and help improve BAS’s environmental performance.


A relevant degree in appropriate environmental sciences subject. Working towards full membership of IEMA (or similar professional body).


  • Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for BAS construction and science projects
  • Management of the BAS Environmental Management System (EMS) certified to ISO14001:2015
  • Provision of environmental advice and guidance on legal compliance and improving environmental performance
  • Provision of training, operational procedures and expertise on waste management and oil spill response
  • Support and deputise for the Head of Environment Office
  • Line management of staff

Any other tasks, as identified by the Director and the Head of Environment Office, relevant to the remit of the role.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 20/36
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 16th March 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Good oral communication skills - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Good computer / IT skills - Essential
  • Knowledge and use of standard office software packages, especially word and excel. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Work on own initiative and in consultation with their Line Manager. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Good team player yet able to work independently, and handle a reactive workload. - Essential
  • Ability to liaise and negotiate with external organisations. - Essential
  • Flexible approach to work. - Essential
  • Positive attitude and selfmotivated. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Capable of managing projects / initiatives from the beginning to delivery. Experience of managing staff or contractors. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to analyse and interpret data for environmental reporting purposes. - Essential


  • A relevant degree in appropriate environmental sciences subject. Working towards full membership of IEMA (or similar professional body). - Essential
  • A higher degree in a relevant subject would be beneficial. - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of budget management and purchasing systems. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Good knowledge and experience of environmental management, including ISO 14001 EMS’, Environmental Impact Assessment, waste management, contingency planning. - Essential
  • Knowledge of environmental management in Polar regions, and ship based. - Desirable [1]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.