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Environmental Officer – Waste Enforcement

Certification Europe

About Certification Europe

At Certification Europe, we are driven by a single purpose – to help make organisations be exceptional!

We are a leading professional service business within the Inspections & Compliance sector. We currently provide a wide range of services with an environmental aspect, with some major specialist contracts in waste and water regulation to public sector clients.

We have ambitious plans for our Environmental services, and the role holder will play a large part in shaping and delivering ambitious growth plans.

The Role

The Waste Enforcement Officer is responsible for conducting day-to-day inspections and the investigation of complaints to ensure compliance with relevant waste legislation. The role will be based out of our client’s offices and may require travel to other locations throughout the country. This is an operational role with accountability for delivering accurate and timely outcomes. You will have experience of process-driven activities, ensuring they are effective and efficient whilst also focusing on client relations.  

Role Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Investigate and report on all aspects of illegal waste activity.
  • Ensure compliance with waste legislation and regulations made under the Waste Management Act 1996 and Regulation (EC) 1013 of 2007 on the international shipment of waste. This will include:
  1. Inspecting and auditing all producers of waste
  2. Inspecting and auditing waste facilities
  3. Inspecting and auditing waste collection permit holders
  4. Inspecting waste in transit.
  • Collect, manage and interpret data and gather intelligence in relation to illegal waste activities.
  • Accurately record the outcome of audits/complaint investigations and update data management systems.
  • Conduct overt and covert surveillance when necessary.
  • Prepare written reports on all non-compliances and suspected breaches of the legislation.
  • Give evidence in court cases resulting from your investigations.
  • Liaise with other enforcement bodies including Local Authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency, An Garda Síochána, Customs & Revenue Service and others.
  • Other duties as may be required from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Degree in Environmental Sciences (or similar) NVQ Level 8 or higher and / or minimum of 5 years investigative experience.
  • Full clean driver’s licence (min category B).
  • Fluent in written and oral English.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Key Competencies

  • Time Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Team Work
  • Report Writing / Communication
  • Data Management
  • Conceptual / Investigative Skills
  • Analytical Thinking & Technical Knowledge

If you’re interested in a confidential conversation, please email your CV to or contact Erica O’Brien on 01 6429300.