Environment and Planning Adviser

Wessex Water

Bath, Somerset
£35,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: sustainability, water & hydrology, environmental management

Closing date: Thursday, 25th July 2024  

We have an exciting opportunity for an Environment and Planning Adviser to join us and help protect and enhance the environment through the way we design capital schemes and manage our construction sites.

You'll join a team of passionate people to help drive our sustainability journey and provide the highest standards to our regulators and customers. 

What you'll do

You will provide support to the capital design and site construction teams to ensure environmental best practice. You'll take pride in influencing projects from feasibility right through to commissioning. 

Supporting our agreed rolling five-year programmes of work – all within the Wessex Water region – our team spends the majority of their time working on projects and enjoy a good work/life balance.

The team is based in Bath, but you will regularly visit sites to better inform the environment and planning risks on our projects. However, long-distance travel and supporting fee proposals are not a feature of this role.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • supporting the construction of our flagship scheme at Avonmouth Water Recycling Centre, where you will spend time each week, ensuring environmental mitigation and permits are implemented and supporting site managers
  • helping to monitor and implement initiatives as part of Avonmouth's sustainability strategy
  • managing a portfolio of individual projects across the region from initial design through to construction with a focus on our bioresources programme
  • influencing project outcomes and reducing our environmental programme and regulatory risks throughout design and construction to achieve our targets around waste, carbon and biodiversity
  • assisting with securing environmental consents for the project programme, carrying out external consultation and completing consent applications
  • preparing construction environmental management plans and providing ongoing construction site support.

What you'll need


  • Relevant experience in a project delivery-focused planning/environmental role for development/infrastructure projects (typically five years' experience).
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary project team.
  • The ability to build good relationships with internal teams, the Environment Agency, councils and other stakeholders to develop approaches that deliver environmental protection and risk mitigation.
  • Knowledge of UK environmental management and planning permission/legislation and guidance. 
  • Knowledge of environmental good practices during construction, including pollution prevention planning and a general understanding of construction practices.
  • A high level of organisational skills and the ability to manage own projects, workload and deadlines.
  • Good IT skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • A current driving licence, access to own transport and willingness to travel to site visits and the Bath offices. 


  • A degree in Environmental Science/Management, Planning or another similar related subject, eg, Geography.
  • GIS skills.
  • An awareness of ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems.
  • Membership to a relevant professional institution, eg, IEMA, RTPI, CIWEM, etc.
  • Knowledge of the water industry as well as an interest in sustainability.
  • Good presentation, public speaking and problem-solving skills.

What you'll receive

  • Total pension contributions up to 20%.
  • Career progression and professional development opportunities.
  • 25 days' holiday rising to 28 with length of service.
  • The opportunity to buy up to ten days' holiday and sell up to five every year.
  • A healthcare package that allows you to claim back healthcare costs.
  • Life assurance of up to eight times your salary.
  • A new electric car in exchange for part of your gross salary.
  • Cashback and discounts from more than 3,000 retailers.
  • One paid volunteering day each year.
  • Enhanced family leave and pay arrangements.
  • An interactive health and wellbeing platform.
  • Support from mental health first aiders.
  • A £1,000 referral fee if you recommend someone to work for us.

Who we are

We are one of the top-performing water and sewerage companies in England and Wales, serving 2.9 million people across the South West.

The work we do goes beyond providing an essential public service. We also aim to have a positive impact on the communities we serve and the natural environment.

Our people tell us Wessex Water is a great place to work, which is why so many of them stay with us! You will have the opportunity to develop and progress your career, while also receiving health and wellbeing support.

We also continue to promote diversity and inclusion – with that in mind, all applicants are welcome. We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a Disability Confident Employer.

This is an exciting opportunity to join us and if you would like to be part of our journey, we would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to let us know about any additional support you may need.

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