Environment Protection Officer (Environmental Performance)




The salary band for this post is Band E, £35,831.00 to £39,585.00, starting salary will be on the base of the salary scale, £35,831.00

Working pattern:

Permanent, Full-time


Stirling, Falkirk or Alloa

Closing date:

25 February 2024 at midnight

Candidates should note that interviews will take place week commencing 4 March 2024.

More about this role

Every day the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) works to protect and enhance Scotland's environment. As an Environment Protection Officer, you will have a critical frontline role which has variety, responsibility, and the ability to make a real difference for people and the environment, preventing and stopping harm. Our regulatory responsibilities cover activities that may pollute water; activities that may pollute air; and waste storage, transport, treatment and disposal.

You’ll be a key part of a team which covers the Falkirk, Alloa, and Stirling areas of Scotland, and part of a wider network of experienced colleagues to support you in your role. You’ll nominally be based from our Stirling office but the role will be a mixture of home, office, and field working. There will be a regular need to travel and undertake site visits or pollution investigations when periods of standing and walking will be necessary. A valid driver’s licence and a vehicle will be essential.

You'll be responsible for:

• Assessing environmental performance against environmental legislation and advising permit holders on how they can protect the environment and human health from activities.
• Applying judgment to evaluate options and identify the most effective and appropriate solutions. There will be a need to communicate decisions externally to those who may be opposed to SEPA view in a constructive manner, detailing the reasons behind the decision.
• Providing advice and guidance in response to enquiries from external stakeholders, permit holders, businesses, members of the public, other agencies and SEPA colleagues in relation to compliance with environmental regulation.
• Investigating and autonomously resolving pollution events by applying detailed pollution control methodology in line with investigation procedures
• Leading investigations into medium and high risk non-compliant activities to seek a solution to environmental offences, including recommending appropriate enforcement action in line with enforcement and governance principles. Wherever possible you will influence and negotiate with permit holder to complete remedial work within reasonable timeframes to resolve environmental harm without the need to initiate enforcement action.

You will need to ensure compliance with Health and Safety procedures are followed as sites may sometimes be situated in hostile environments, and you may need to deal with situations that can be confrontational. Good communication, influencing and persuading skills are therefore essential.

We believe this is a challenging and exciting front-line role. Your decisions or actions taken will have direct implications for regulated industry, stakeholders and the protection of the environment. You’ll feel supported and trusted to do the right thing and you will receive support from colleagues to develop within the role.

Why apply for this role


We provide a competitive starting salary. We are a Scottish Living Wage Employer Salary progression by annual increments to the top of the appropriate band. 35-hour working week for full-time employees.

Flexible working

As a proud user of the ‘Happy to talk flexible working 'logo, all our job applicants and employees are entitled to request flexible working arrangements such as reduced hours or a change to location for vacancies. Some roles aren't as flexible as others but we'll always aim to make sure your working life is well balanced with your life outside the work place.

We also operate a flexi-time scheme, which allows you to work flexibly between the hours of 7.30am and 7.30pm and there’s no limit on the amount of flexi leave you can take in a 4-week period providing you are within the limits for credits and debits at the end of the 4-week period.

Annual leave

We provide a generous annual leave entitlement, starting from 29 days per year, increasing to 33 days after five years of reckonable service. We also offer seven additional public holidays. Annual leave and public holiday entitlement is pro-rated for part-time employees.

Staff also have the ability to purchase additional annual leave up to 10 days (pro-rated).

An employer supported Volunteering Scheme which allows every member of staff two day’s paid leave per year to participate in voluntary work.


We participate in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) administered by Falkirk Council. The scheme operates on a career average revalued earnings (CARE) basis. The LGPS is a qualifying scheme and exceeds the standards set by the Government under the Pensions Act 2011.


Occupational sick pay (entitlements based on length of reckonable service).

Generous maternity, adoption, shared parental and paternity leave schemes (dependent on length of continuous service with SEPA).

Occupational health benefits and access to a free Employee Assistance Programme which provides life management services.

Training and development

Training and development opportunities enabling employees to acquire new or improved skills, competencies, or knowledge.

Lifestyle benefits

Financial contribution towards the price of glasses or contact lenses for display screen use.

24/7 access to an online employee discount platform (provided by CSSC). Save money on everything from groceries, days out, gym membership and much more.

Option of interest free loans for public transport season tickets.

Cycle to work scheme (a tax efficient way to purchase a bicycle through salary sacrifice).

Relocation assistance may be available for some posts. This will be included within job advertisements (if applicable).

Application Information


To apply for this post please click on the Apply Now button below.

Application forms must be received by the closing date. Please note we are unable to consider late applications.

Successful external applicants will be asked to provide a Basic Disclosure Scotland Certificate and undergo a number of pre-employment checks.

SEPA’s selection process is conducted on an anonymous basis; therefore, CV’s and covering letters will not be included in the information submitted to the recruiting manager for shortlisting. Please ensure that any specific or relevant information you want considered is included in your application form.

At SEPA we recruit based on merit and are committed to promoting diversity throughout our organisation. That is why we proudly use the “Happy to Talk Flexible Working” as well as the “Disability Confident Employer” Logos and on all our job vacancies.

Internal candidates wishing to be considered for this post on a secondment basis must discuss this with their line manager and gain their approval prior to applying.

Applicants with a visual impairment can request job descriptions and application forms in Braille, large print or on tape.

Please contact SEPA’s Recruitment Team at hr@sepa.org.uk if you require assistance.

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