HES Senior Project Officer, Sustainable Transport

Environment & Sustainability, Strategy & Consultancy, Sustainable Transport & Logistics
Hybrid - Edinburgh
Salary Details
£28,499 - £33,918 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)
Contract Type
Hours per Week
Up to 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working
Closing Date
An exciting opportunity has arisen to influence a more sustainable and active approach to travel for both workers and tourists who visit some of Scotland’s most famous historical sites.

Job Description

Working as an Embedded Officer within Historic Environment Scotland (HES), you will be integral to developing the approach to sustainable and active travel at HES, including revising the existing HES Business Travel Policy into a Sustainable Travel Policy expanded to include visitor travel.

You will support strategic work currently being undertaken in our Responsible Tourism Strategy, Properties in Care Sustainable Strategy Project and the Carbon Management Plan. You will also help embed sustainable travel as a core element of the Sustainable Management Plans for key sites, including Holyrood Park and Edinburgh Castle.

As an embedded officer in HES, you will work within the Net Zero team, receiving administrative support associated with them, as well as the wider Technical Research and Science Team. In addition to this, you will work across HES departments and interact with colleagues across the organisation as required.

You will act as a focal point for HES to improve their community engagement and partnership working, in order to enhance their active travel offering, and create joined up travel networks.

In addition to this, you will lead on the collaborative creation of a sustainable travel toolkit for different types of sites, responding to specific opportunities and challenges.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans and HES. The successful candidate will have to travel on occasion to Edinburgh. Flexible hybrid working is available part of the time as per HES Hybrid working policy.

About you

Skilled in communicating with a diverse range of people, you will build relationships easily; and, using your influencing ability, ensure the prioritisation of sustainable travel improvements at HES sites.

We will look for evidence of your experience in developing and implementing strategies, policies and plans and you will have experience in one of the following areas: transport planning/ sustainable transport/ active travel.

A knowledge of built environments, ideally historic built environments, and their impact on participation in active travel would be advantageous, to help you advocate for sustainable transport and better places across the region.

You will be able to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis and should be able to interpret information to advise colleagues at a strategic level.

We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, in particular from under-represented groups. Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion and ensuring all people are treated with dignity & respect.

Work perks


  • 26 days leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working.
  • Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff).
  • Staff volunteer days.
  • 24/7 free, impartial and confidential support service.
  • We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes.


  • Group Personal Pension Scheme with a 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans.
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans.
  • Discount benefits.


  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.
  • Flexible Working practices (full-time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday).

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.

We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly where we are under-represented.

Currently, this includes people who identify as having a disability, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

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Company Description

We’re custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve. 

We bring people together to create places with clean air and green spaces, where friends and facilities are just a short walk away. Cities and towns where everyone can thrive without having to use a car.