Earth Scientist – Salinity

The Coal Authority
14th September 2022
29th September 2022
200 Lichfield Lane, Mansfield
Job Type
Salary (£)
£38,835 - £43,150
East Midlands


Working with us:

We encourage applicants from anywhere in the UK – as long as you’re able to be in the Mansfield office for a minimum of 1-2 days a week and attend our regular team meetings in person, we embrace a hybrid working model as much as possible.

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of wonderful benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), an option to work in a hybrid way, a great civil service pension scheme, generous gym membership contribution, and support for your professional membership.

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

About the role:

The primary function of the Environment team is addressing the issues of water pollution from abandoned coal and metal mines across Britain and in developing new remediation schemes.  It’s a vibrant and fast moving team of experts including project managers, environmental scientists, hydrogeologists, geochemists, process engineers and more.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new sub-team working on the salinity programme, supporting the programme manager to deliver solutions for a series of sites where mine water treatment schemes require new solutions to address more saline mine water discharges.

This will involve the collection and interpretation of analytical data, site visits, report writing & presentations, and engagement with external stakeholders.

The role also provides opportunities to engage in research & development activities as well as representation of the Coal Authority at external scientific conferences and events


The role is offered initially on a fixed term basis for 2 years.


For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

You will be a qualified scientist with at least a first degree in a relevant subject (such as Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Environmental Science or Geology) as well as having experience of mining / environmental projects. You will have a rounded understanding of mine water chemistry, hydrologeology and or waste water processing with practical expertise.  An understanding of treatment of saline waters is also desirable.

With consultancy experience, you will have a good eye for detail and be able to effectively analyse scientific data, draw conclusions and report these effectively with minimal supervision.  You will be good at thinking outside the box, be solution driven and able to work at pace.  With great computer literacy, you will be an excellent communicator, be self-motivated with good interpersonal skills.

The role does require the ability to travel to visit treatment / project sites and attend meetings (approximately 3,000 – 5,000 miles per annum) with occasional overnight stays.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.  Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.   We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the HR team by email at   or by phone on 0345 762 6848.


Other essential information


Application closing date: Thursday 29th September 2022

The role is offered initially on a fixed term basis for 2 years.

Application outcome:

We would love to respond to all candidates, however due to the high volumes we receive, only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Therefore if you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We do encourage you to keep an eye on our website and see if there are any other roles that may be suitable for you.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

Changes to the UK’s Immigration following the UK’s departure from the EU

Please note there is now a new immigration system which will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, and EU citizens moving to the UK to work after this date will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa must now show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply.  Currently, the Coal Authority is not an approved employer sponsor, so we will be unable to employ any new EU citizens wishing to work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

EU citizens who were already living and working in the UK before 1 January 2021 may continue to do so, providing they meet all the requirements and they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.  This will mean that they can continue to live the UK after 30 June 2021.  If you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for many years or you have a permanent residence document, you still need to apply.

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