Trelavour Environmental Manager

Cornish Lithium is an innovative British mineral exploration and development company focused on the responsible production of lithium and other critical minerals in Cornwall, UK.

Our purpose is to operate sustainable and commercially viable mineral extraction projects to the highest standards for health, safety and the environment. These minerals will contribute to UK and global carbon reduction targets through enabling clean growth and a transition to a green economy. For more information on the Company please visit

Cornish Lithium is developing the Trelavour Project near St Dennis to produce lithium and other valuable by-products. The Trelavour Project comprises a former kaolin clay pit, currently being re-purposed by Cornish Lithium for lithium production, and the Trelith processing site, located a kilometre from the pit, which will be the location of the lithium extraction plant.

Cornish Lithium is seeking an enthusiastic and collaborative Environmental Manager to join our team at the Trelavour hard rock lithium project, near St Austell in Cornwall. We have recently taken over the lease for a china clay pit near St Dennis and we are working towards our goal of restarting production here and then extracting lithium from the granite rock at our neighbouring TreLith mineral processing site. You will be an integral part of the ESG team, which spans the Company, and although this role is focussed on our Trelavour Project there will be the opportunity to contribute to Company-wide initiatives and plans. Our ambition is to develop the site in the most environmentally responsible manner that we can, and we aim to be a global example in best practice for developing a new mine. We are seeking an experienced environmental manager to join our team and support us in this endeavour!

The ideal candidate will have a background in environmental science, ecology, geoscience or similar, with a preference for someone who has at least eight years of practical experience working on development or operations sites with engineers and other contractors. You should have excellent written and oral communication skills, as you will need to communicate successfully across all levels of the Company as well as with external contractors.

Job Role

As the Trelavour Environmental Manager your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating all activities with the wider ESG team.
  • Design and implementation of the environmental management system, and continually improving the impact of our activities and the organisation on the environment
  • Management of the project Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (to meet UK planning requirements and international lender requirements)
  • Coordination of baseline studies at new locations
  • Oversight of day-to-day site activities and coordination of the Environmental Site Officer,
    • Contractor management from an ESG perspective
    • Site preparation for development activities
    • Site environmental monitoring
  • Understanding of the UK planning regime (or willing to work towards gaining this, with support)
  • Understanding of permitting within the UK, including a willingness to engage with regulators and other key stakeholders
  • Good working understanding of H&S and its application to working sites
  • Managing a budget
  • Developing and implementing environmental strategies and action plans at the Trelavour Project, to ensure corporate sustainable development, in alignment with the company’s ethos and to ensure compliance with all relevant environmental legislation.

Essential requirements

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills at all levels – to local stakeholders, regulatory authorities etc.
  • Practical experience in environmental management
  • Relevant degree in environmental science, geoscience, ecology or similar
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Collaborative with the ability to take the initiative when required
  • Adaptable and comfortable working in a rapidly changing environment
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weathers
  • Practical and hands-on approach
  • Competent use of MS Office

Desirable factors

  • Awareness of responsible mining, industry best practice and what we’re trying to achieve
  • Experience managing people and ensuring their personal development
  • ArcGIS/GIS skills
  • Member of professional body
  • Experience in planning and permitting, especially with reference to projects in the UK

Salary and Hours

We will be offering a competitive salary for this role dependant on experience. With the following benefits:

  • Elevated pension contributions (10% contribution from Cornish Lithium)
  • Life insurance
  • Enhanced parental leave policies and sick pay
  • Opportunity to participate in the Group’s Electric Vehicle and Ride to Work Schemes
  • Eyecare voucher scheme

The role will be based at the Company’s TreLith site near St Dennis, Cornwall. Annual leave comprises 25 days’ holiday per year pro rata, plus UK Bank Holidays.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from individualsfrom diverse backgrounds and coming from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

To express your interest in this position, please send your CV and cover letter to, [email protected].

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