Flytipping Analysis and Prevention Intern with Zero Waste Scotland


Location: Stirling
£8.75 per hour
Full time for nine months (with possible extension to 12 months)
Immediate start
Closing date: 9 July 2018, 12 noon
Interview date: 12 & 13 July 2018

About the Company

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our work is becoming ever more critical against a global backdrop of rising population, climate change and unprecedented pressure on the world’s land, water, energy and raw materials.

We’re working to create a more circular economy where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. A large part of our work is helping individuals and businesses to become more resource efficient. This all contributes to the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s Europe 2020 growth strategy.

There are over 60,000 incidents of flytipping reported each year in Scotland, costing £8.9 million of public money to clear up. Tackling flytipping is an integral part of achieving a zero waste society. The Zero Waste Scotland Litter and Flytipping Team aim to prevent waste being flytipped in the first place, ensuring materials are reused and recycled wherever possible and avoiding the direct and indirect costs on society. Flytipping behaviours are complex, ranging from poor presentation of household waste or lack of awareness of uplift services to individual companies trying to avoid disposal costs and serious organised crime making a profit from illegal waste disposal.

To understand the scale and scope of flytipping in Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland developed FlyMapper in 2013 to allow geospatial data capture for incidents which can then be analysed for patterns in location, material type or potential source. This allows focussed partnership work with land managers to target interventions at specific audiences, sources and disposal routes. Data capture has been variable but the software provides a robust basis for collecting, collating and analysing spatial data on flytipping.

The Role

Zero Waste Scotland is looking for an enthusiastic intern to be responsible for development and delivery of a project that will collate, map and evaluate flytipping data (including location, type, size, cost and weight) from a range of key land managers to inform prevention initiatives. Once a clear picture of composition is obtained the intern will help present the findings to key stakeholders and internal Zero Waste Scotland audiences. Following these discussions, the intern will develop a series of strategic intervention documents that shape future work areas. The scale and scope of these interventions will be determined by the insights gained from the data and enthusiasm generated with partner organisations by the intern, with support from the wider Litter and Flytipping Team.

The successful candidate will sit within the Litter and Flytipping Team. Working closely with, and being directed by, the Sector Manager you will develop a project plan that will involve a range of activities to give insight to the scale and scope of flytipping in Scotland while building relationships with key stakeholders and proposing strategies to combat the issue on local, regional and national levels. It will also be important to communicate the findings of the research to other teams with Zero Waste Scotland with an interest in material flows and intervention opportunities (including the teams working on Local Authority household collections, circular economy opportunities, Revolve-accredited re-use stores and communications).

This work will:
• Provide information that helps understand the scale of flytipping in Scotland
• Understand the scale of material loss through flytipping
• Inform future projects/interventions which increase the capture of flytipping materials, reduce loss from the system and therefore complements a circular economy
• Provide opportunities to shape the conversation on flytipping to highlight the need for, and benefits of, a more circular economy.
The initial contract period will be 9 months, with the possibility of extending to 12 months.

We offer excellent benefits including a strong emphasis on personal development, a contributory pension scheme, private healthcare, life assurance, employee welfare assistance, generous holidays and childcare vouchers.

This role is based in our Stirling office located next to Stirling railway station and is conveniently accessed from across central Scotland.


To be successful in this role you will have:
• A relevant degree or experience in a related discipline
• An analytical mindset
• Experience assessing and evaluating large and/or complex datasets
• Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
• Proactive approach to work and solving problems
• Experience developing relationships with partners
• Confident using standard office IT packages
• Interest in environmental issues and how these relate to wider impacts

It would also be beneficial to have a working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and/or software development.
Zero Waste Scotland would like to hear from enthusiastic applicants, who are proficient in time management and have good attention to detail. You will be a good team player with the ability to work to your own initiative and be adaptable in responding to changing project priorities.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.


Closing date for applications is 9 July 2018, 12 noon.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18 July.

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.


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