Local recruitment: Integrated Environment Planning Water Resources Specialist

Environment Agency

Birmingham, UK 🇬🇧

Kidderminster, UK 🇬🇧

Shrewsbury, UK 🇬🇧

Tewkesbury, UK 🇬🇧

Fradley, UK 🇬🇧

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and forward thinking individual with excellent communication skills and knowledge of environmental pressures.

You will be required to understand, analyse and translate a variety of data and information into evidence that can be used to inform and influence decisions by technical and non-technical audiences, and support strategic planning activities.

This post is a specialist water resources technical role. The post holder will:-

• jointly be responsible for the local delivery of water resources services
• directly support the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP) and associated water company plans.
• build and maintain productive and influential relationships with internal and external customers including water companies to coordinate investigations into potentially unsustainable abstractions and work with water companies to implement environmental improvement schemes
• contribute to Area drought planning alongside the drought co-ordinator
• lead and/or provide specialist advice to local and national working groups and projects
• provide specialist advice to senior managers and facilitate resolution of complex or contentious issues.

The team

You’ll join the Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) team, containing specialists in water resources, water quality, agricultural planning and catchment planning, working across the West Midlands Area. We’re a team of experienced advisors central to environmental decision making, delivering integrated actions to maximise benefits for people and wildlife. We work with internal and external partners to collate, analyse and share data, providing the environmental evidence to inform our area’s priorities.

Experience/skills required

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of our business and environmental activities and be qualified to degree level or higher in an environmental discipline and have experience in the following areas:-

• Awareness and experience of strategic water resource environment planning tools and techniques, and their outputs, to support decision making
• Using data management, analysis and presentation skills to explore innovative solutions to bring environmental improvement
• Building productive and influential relationships with internal and external partners, using strong communication and networking skills
• Ability to work under own initiative, and as part of a larger, cross-functional team, prioritising and delivering work to relevant standards and tight deadlines
• Good organisational skills and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate own work and other projects so project management experience would be desirable
• Ability to coach and mentor others to increase experience and resilience within IEP.

Contact and additional information

If you have any questions about this role please see the candidate pack or contact Rachel Voyce ([email protected]).

Interviews will be held in February using MS Teams and will comprise of competency-based questions and a technical assessment.

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Closing Date: 21/01/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required  Basic Check

Competence 1: Customer and Partner Relations
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

Competence 2: Achieving effective results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results

Competence 3: Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Competence 4: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

Competence 5: Strategic Environment Planning
Understands current and future environmental pressures.

In demonstrating your understanding of current and future environmental pressures describe a time when you have had to change behaviours or get an organisation or individual to do something they didn’t want to do?

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.




IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development