Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Scheme - Sustainability Officer

Environmental Science/Sustainability.

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Would you like to play a key role in implementing sustainability?

If you are interested in training to allow you to work in a scientific environment, identifying developing and implementing new sustainability initiatives this could be the post for you.

About the MLC Graduate Training Scheme

The MLC’s Graduate Training Scheme offers structured training, with a real job with real responsibilities from day one.  It will allow you to use your degree in a dynamic, creative and collaborative culture, while gathering expertise and skills.

The combination of work experience and training, as well as professional development delivered by the core programme provides a high-quality experience for graduates. 

We know that you want to use your talent, skill, and dedication to make a difference and at the MLC you will get the opportunity to do just that. Your work will support world-leading science and innovation and enable ground-breaking research that will inspire, shape and define our future.  

About the role

We are recruiting a Graduate Sustainability Officer on the MLC Graduate Scheme. This an opportunity to be trained to evaluate the sustainability requirements of MRC Harwell, develop projects to monitor and improve environmental issues and, where appropriate, put in place processes to improve sustainability. 

Main Duties/Key Responsibilities:

  • Training provided to identify sustainability future requirements at MLC MRC Harwell in line with the UKRI sustainability plan and current best practice
  • Information gathering across all departments to support and develop a site wide strategic plan
  • Work alongside all departments to implement site wide strategic plan and where necessary assist in changing current thinking
  • With guidance from senior staff identify what sustainability ideas are being considered and implemented across other MRC units and how these could be implemented at MRC Harwell
  • Assist in maintaining the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF)
  • Build relationships with all staff across the MRC Harwell facility to encourage the uptake of environmental actions and messages
  • Support senior staff by facilitating meetings, drafting communications and liaison with internal and external team members
  • Assist in maintaining the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF)

About you

To be eligible for this opportunity, all candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria: 


  • Degree level qualification in science with a proven interest in sustainability issues and/or comparable experience in an environmental science or sustainability field 
  • Knowledge of current sustainability projects 
  • Knowledge of sustainability standards and accreditations 
  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Desire to forge a career in sustainability
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent level of IT literacy and good working knowledge of Microsoft packages
  • Pro-active and flexible approach to work, with a willingness to travel on occasion


  • Qualification in environmental science, an energy or engineering field
  • Previous experience in a laboratory environment 
  • Experience of supporting sustainability projects 
  • Knowledge of the LEAF process
  • Experience of implementing sustainability ideas and applying for and evidencing organisations’ sustainability accreditation


Choosing to join our Graduate Training Programme means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, all bank holidays plus 2.5 privilege days, access to shopping and travel discounts, cycle to work scheme and wellbeing initiatives.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: February 19th, 2023
  • Starting Salary: £25,298 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Oxfordshire
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Energy/Renewables
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability

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