Landfill sites, energy from waste plants and household waste recycling centres must be monitored regularly to check they are being run properly and within legal limits. Inspections can be made either by the local authority or by the Environment Agency. In the UK many of these sites are run as contracts by the local authorities, so there is a certain amount of contract management at work here too.

Job skills required:

  • An ability to resolve disputes and solve problems  –  these staff are often on the frontline in the fight against pollution, so may have to resolve disputes.
  • An ability to work as part of a team – good teamwork is needed to get the job done.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations around waste – many of these positions require a degreeso University training may be needed.