Senior Environmental Consultant

Aardvark EM Ltd

Wiveliscombe, Somerset
£34,000 - £39,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Tuesday, 7th May 2024  


Aardvark EM Ltd

Aardvark technical environment consultancy with a 25 year track record of combining our technical knowledge and innovation with extensive practical and commercial experience.

Aardvark work mainly within the renewable energy and waste sectors, where we provide a range of services from outline feasibility and design, planning and operational consents through to implementation and operation support. We have a wide client base, primarily of private sector developers and operators but also within the research and technology development sectors. We are independent and impartial to technology, suppliers and policies and work in partnership with our clients where we aim to practical knowledge, commitment, integrity and innovation to their projects.

The Role

Primarily in support of our wide existing client base, we have identified significant opportunities to provide support within our Environmental Permitting team. Under the direction of our permitting lead consultant, the role would be to take ownership of specific permit cases – whether these are for submissions of new permits for a wide range of facilities, along with origination and commissioning of any specialist reports as required. We have strong relationships with preferred suppliers of these services – for example for air quality modelling and site condition assessments.

In addition, we often are tasked with negotiating variations to existing permits, advising on appropriate responses to regulator requests (for example following a CAR report) and providing practical operational advice and operational support (including acting as TCM in some circumstances).

Such work will inevitably require a significant interaction with the appropriate UK regulator (EA, SEPA, NRW & NIEA) and experience of managing their expectations and requirements.

Beyond permit related work, we are keen that consultants will have interests that branch out into other aspects of our work – including renewable energy; waste and waste water management and environmental impact assessment. In particular, we are interested in developing skills and knowledge within the management and mitigation of nutrient discharges.

Ideally consultants will have a relevant environmental science, geography or environmental engineering degree, be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge in their field, have excellent presentation and communication skills and the ability to work to deadlines and within budgetary constraints.

Proven appropriate experience in a professional or regulatory environment, or similar, is required along with a proven record of working with a range of clients and a record of working within a successful team environment.


  • Degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, geography or similar.
  • Have achieved - or are actively working towards - a relevant professional qualification (e.g. CIWEM, IEMA or equivalent).
  • Full UK driving license.


  • Currently working in the environmental management, waste or renewable energy sector for either a consultancy, regulator such as the Environment Agency, Local Authority or Natural England, or contractor
  • Taking a lead role of first point of contact for clients on projects
  • Preparation and submission of environmental permit applications, including required supporting information and management plans
  • Sound and up to date best practice knowledge of conducting desk studies and undertaking site based work

Personal Qualities

  • Effective communicator
  • Committed and motivated with an ability to solve problems independently and collectively
  • Desire to learn and expand professional knowledge.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and within budgets.


  • Leading and assisting on the delivery of energy, waste and carbon-based development projects and risk assessment/management plans
  • Preparation and submission of environmental permit applications, including required supporting information and management plans
  • Advising clients in relation to compliance with environmental permits, permissions and best practice.
  • Preparation and submission of consultation responses to emerging legislation, regulation, policy and guidance on behalf of clients
  • Identifying and developing commercial opportunities associated with regulatory changes.
  • Providing input into a multi-disciplinary team that includes planning, carbon accounting and environment auditing specialists.
  • Project managing external sub-contractors and specialised consultants for the preparation of a variety of environmental assessments including quality, noise, odour, land contamination and ecology
  • Producing internal and external reporting and project updates for Directors and Clients
  • Taking on role of first point of contact for clients on projects
  • Producing technical reports and writing fee proposals and bids for new projects.
  • Attending offsite client meetings and undertaking site visits and inspections.


Based at our Somerset office (near Taunton) and working throughout the UK at client sites. A level of flexible or hybrid working is possible, but the team is primarily office based.

Typical Projects:

Aardvark undertakes a wide variety of environmental projects for residential, industrial, manufacturing and commercial clients in both the public and private sectors.

Projects focus in particular but not exhaustively on energy; waste management; and carbon sector led projects.

Hands-on opportunity for the right individual looking for a diverse, challenging role and exposure to new and exciting projects.


Pay will be dependent on experience, and following a probationary period benefits include the ability to join the company’s contributory pension scheme, private health care and training and development opportunities.

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £34,000.00-£39,000.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free flu jabs
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Private medical insurance
  • Work from home

Schedule: Monday to Friday
Supplemental pay types: Bonus scheme
Education: Bachelor's (preferred)
Work authorisation: United Kingdom (required)
Work Location: Hybrid remote in Taunton

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected].