Environmental Advisor - Invasive Non-Native Species and Biosecurity

Yorkshire Water

Buttershaw, Bradford (flexible)
£25,785 - £32,231 dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 22nd July 2020  

Salary: £25,785 to £32,231 dependent on experience + pension + 25 days holiday

Location: Buttershaw, Bradford with the option to work flexibly across other YW sites and at home

Purpose of the role

Due to an increase in the scale of Yorkshire Water’s environmental commitments, we have an exciting new role to help drive forwards the implementation of biosecurity throughout Yorkshire Water operations. This will ensure resilience of our assets and the wider Yorkshire environment to invasive non-native species (INNS).

Your primary focus will be the integration of biosecurity across the business through internal operations, processes and planning. This role will help to build operational resilience against INNS which can have financial, legal and reputational complications. The role will involve collaboration with a diverse range of operational teams and contractors to ensure biosecurity is well understood and implemented. You will need a good understanding of theoretical and practical biosecurity measures, strong communication skills and a passion and perseverance to drive change. This role will also contribute towards Yorkshire Water’s Biosecurity Performance Commitment.

In this role you will work across Yorkshire with external partners to drive forward catchment wide biosecurity and invasive species management. You will be responsible for leading our partnership work with the Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum (YISF) and representing Yorkshire Water on regional steering groups and at national events and conferences. You will be expected to oversee the management of INNS on our operational and riparian assets to complement catchment wide treatment programmes and meet legal obligations.

You will help analyse and manage our spatial ecological data. You will also assist in responding to ecological queries from the wider business.

Depending on your skills and passion, there is the opportunity to become involved with other programmes within the wider clean water and catchments team.

Knowledge and skills required


  • Knowledge of biosecurity theory and invasive species management
  • Practical experience of biosecurity implementation and invasive species management
  • Strong INNS identification skills
  • Awareness of legislation relating to INNS
  • The ability to organise and deliver training, workshops and awareness raising programmes
  • Experience working in partnership with the NGO sector and other statutory bodies
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A UK driving licence


  • CIEEM membership and/or a degree or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Competence in GIS
  • Experience of managing budgets and contracts
  • Experience of working groups/ stakeholder meetings
  • Knowledge of the water industry

How to apply

For more information on the role and full details on how to apply please head to our website.

Please note that we may close the application early should we receive a high volume of suitable candidates.

Please mention environmentjob.co.uk when responding to this ad.