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Graduate - Environment Assistant

Posted: 4 Mar 2020 Closes: 31 Mar 2020
Birmingham Competitive
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As a Graduate Environment Assistant at HS2 you will cover the development of an Environmental Statement (ES), which is required to assess all the impacts of the HS2 scheme. The ES makes up the majority of the hybrid Bill documentation that is deposited to Parliament for approval of the scheme. Your role would also support the passage of a hybrid Bill through Parliament and, eventually, the management of the construction works associated with delivering HS2.

At HS2 we offer a two-year rotational graduate programme, providing you with the opportunity to stretch and challenge yourself across various programme related placements. This programme is designed around enabling you to get as much environmental experience as possible across different teams within HS2.

About the role:

  • Assisting in the communication of HS2 environmental initiatives like the Green Corridor.
  • Working closely with subject matter experts to provide supporting information for meetings with stakeholders.
  • Reviewing Bill Plans alongside our legal team to ensure we are compliant.
  • Reviewing reports and mapping produced by our contractors for our ES.
  • Planning and supporting assurance activities and audits on contractors site management plans and their implementation.
  • Reviewing contractor scope documents and method statements.
  • Producing a programme of sites to be visited and liaising with the contractor to arrange access.
  • Supporting the wider Environment team in carrying out the assurance and audit activities.
  • Actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply.


About You:
  • Planning and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and deliver day to day tasks.
  • Ability to coordinate and deliver multiple tasks and responsibilities in accordance with agreed deadlines.
  • Communication skills and the ability to develop relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to convert technical information into a format that is understandable to a variety of non-technical audiences in a persuasive and engaging way.
  • Ability to understand complex issues to carry out problem solving.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop creative ideas to promote continuous improvement.
  • Ability to take minutes and actions from meetings.

  • At least a 2:1 Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to the environment.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues.
  • IT knowledge including Word, Excel, PowerPoint or equivalent.

Type of experience:
  • Experience related to environmental fields.
  • Experience of writing reports in a timely manner.

The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect

It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

About Us:

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK's new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others' health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our 'Safe at Heart' programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.

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