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HS2 Environmental Manager

What is an HS2 Environmental Manager?

An HS2 Environmental Manager looks at how building the railway will affect the environment. They influence the design and planning of the route to reduce the impact. Environmental managers also provide advice on European and national law, on issues like protecting animals, parks and buildings. A big part of the job involves communicating with the public, for example through presentations at community engagement events, so that people understand what is being planned and can give their views on it.

So tell me more about how to be an HS2 Environmental Manager

You might think an Environmental Manager just focuses on ecology and protecting wildlife and natural habitats. But it is so much more than that. For example, we need to think carefully about British heritage: how can we protect iconic or listed buildings during construction? We also need to think about how the new trains might sound, and how we can reduce the impact of this noise for local people. It is also important to think about how we might shape the local landscape around HS2 to benefit local people. There is lots to think about how we relate to the environment!

Becoming an HS2 Environmental Manager: What does it take?

The ability to speak to different audiences is important: you might be talking to the National Trust and the Canal and Rivers Trust, senior colleagues in HS2 or the public – all groups who have an interest in heritage and the environment. There are also many specialist areas you get involved in, so a wide knowledge and interest in the environment – from archaeology to ecology – will really help you.

Planning and organising your own workload is critical. An HS2 Environmental Manager has to manage external consultants, so they need to be able to supervise other people too.

Learning and development courses and training to build your career

Becoming a member of a professional body, such as the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), can help you to get on in this career – they offer conferences, training courses and, of course, networking. The IEMA also offer qualifications through face-to-face, distance or online learning.

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