Incinerator Operative


Location: Wiltshire

Job Type: Not Specified


About the job

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small team who deliver support to Dstl and other Government agencies for the thermal treatment of waste.

Based at Porton Down, the Dstl Specialist Facilities Group is responsible for disposing of hazardous waste produced by Dstl and other companies. We operate the Destructor Complex which houses our incinerator, a national asset and our main disposal facility for explosive items, radiological and sensitive wastes.

The incinerator operates on a 24 hours schedule so we are looking for an Incinerator Operator to join a small team who work collaboratively to ensure the waste facility is run in an efficient, safe and sustainable manner. Loading, moving, weighing and recording all types of waste, you will be hands on in an indoor and outdoor environment.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

Job description

As an Incinerator Operator you will:

  • Initially undertake training before active duty at the Incinerator
  • Be trained in Working at Height and Confined Space
  • Become First Aid trained to support your colleagues.
  • Read and Work to relevant safety and procedural processes.
  • Work in full NBC kit and wear a General Service Respirator
  • Be able to read chemical and colour coded labels.
  • Work to quality standards – to include maintaining training and competency records.
  • Need to be a flexible with shift patterns to support operational needs.
  • Dispose of waste delivered into the facility in specified quantity and pace.
  • Complete documentation to a high standard
  • Perform other trained tasks as needed.
  • manually move waste around site in wheeled bins.
  • Record and load waste into our incinerator repetitively over a 12hr shift.
  • Work mainly outside, then inside a covered vented area for the disposal process.

You will be required to wear and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in all locations (e.g. Work in full NBC kit and wear a General Service Respirator,

safety shoes, Gloves, Hi-Viz) which will be provided.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who;

  • Is self motivated, flexible, willing to train and learn in an ever changing environment.
  • Has a good standard of general education e.g. GCSEs or equivalent including English and Mathematics.
  • Is able to use a variety of vehicle (Driving Licence B)
  • Has an understanding risk management and assessments
  • Is able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Is able to use MS Office 2016 Applications (Outlook, Excel, Word)

Desirable Experience

  • Has a background in Mechanical Engineering or experience of working with light tools an advantage
  • Has experience of escorting visitors /contractors in a hazardous environment.
  • Has a Forklift Licence: Counterbalance.
  • Is trained in working in Confined Spaces and/or Working at Height and/or First Aid.
  • Wamitab QCF Level 2 Qualification.
  • Previous experience working in an incinerator environment.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.


Evidence of good standard of general education e.g. GCSEs or equivalent including English and Mathematics .


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Wamitab QCF Qualification


Alongside your salary of £21,333, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £5,759 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible working: Options include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).

  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Where you work: Depending on your role, blended working may be available including remote working to suit you and your team. This can be discussed at interview.

  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

Sifting will take place week commencing the 2nd October with interviews to be arranged from the 16th October

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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