Environment & Climate Change Manager

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £43,050 - £47,667 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Edinburgh


This job exists to:

Lead on policy, standards and guidance on environmental management to create the framework to enable the organisation to address its target of being carbon negative by 2031 and be transitioning to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change.


1. Lead on development of environmental management policy, standards, target setting and guidance.
2. Be responsible for reporting on environmental performance including ESOS and SECR and relevant internal performance reporting including key performance indicators and the annual report.
3. Be responsible for ensuring the organisation has sufficient systems in place to manage and report against environmental performance- notably carbon equivalent emissions, waste management, water and energy efficiency
4. Establish a new NTS forum for coordination of environmental management, performance monitoring and sharing best practice
5. Provide advice to property and national function staff on request and through production of briefings and contribution to project and strategy development
6. Act as the lead NTS contact for environmental management issues with external bodies including Scottish Government, SEPA and Scottish Environment LINK
7. Lead on relevant Scottish and UK Government consultations relating to environmental management issues
8. Line manage the Climate Change Officer and oversee development of the Trust’s climate change adaptation policies, plans and guidance.
9. Act as a key media spokesperson for NTS on environmental management issues contributing material to NTS communications
10. Contribute to the wider work of the department and the Trust as required



 Degree level or demonstrable equivalent experience in environmental management or sustainability

 Post Graduate qualification in environmental management or related discipline


 Proven record of implementing step changes in environmental and sustainability performance, including evidence of leading a carbon reduction strategy through teamwork across a complex, dispersed organisation
 Project management experience
 Experience of procurement policy
 Good working knowledge of voluntary carbon schemes and markets
 Experience of internal and 3rd party auditing
 Ability to use soft skills to negotiate and encourage change
 Experience in working with legislative and enforcement agencies e.g. Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, local authorities, and national government bodies.
 Strong knowledge of ISO 14001
 Working with the media
 Working with Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Power Point, Teams, Word and Excel.

 Experience of working for a charity
 Knowledge of the heritage sector – with a specialism in either natural environment or buildings



This role is responsible for the development of the Trust’s new environmental management policies, national plans and systems as well as a new climate change adaptation plan. This is a national role.

People & Influencing

The role reports to the Head of Policy, Risk and Environment and has one line report – a new position of Climate Change Officer.
As a national management role the postholder will need to develop and maintain relationships across a large number of colleagues, at all levels and departments.
The role will require a good degree of external liaison with partner organisations, academic institutions and public bodies.

Application Deadline: Friday 16/09/2022