Local recruitment: Water Quality Integrated Environment Planning Specialist

Environment Agency

Nottingham, UK 🇬🇧

Job description

We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment. If you’re passionate about our water environment and want to improve water quality in the lakes and rivers in East Midlands, then this could be the role for you.

If you are an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with experience of either Water Framework Directive, river or lake modelling, or environmental permitting, you could help lead our local response to current pressures and future demands.

You will work on a variety of aspects of strategic water planning to understand the risks, find solutions, and work with those who can effect change. You will also review, challenge and advise stakeholder plans and permissions, and ensure they comply with environmental regulations.

A significant part of the role will be working with water companies to reduce the impacts from sewage discharges. Therefore, knowledge or experience of some of the following would be an advantage:
• water industry wastewater management
• water company price review or asset management plans
• Urban Pollution Management processes and standards

Working collaboratively with colleagues and partners you will help us improve and protect this precious resource for people and wildlife, for now and for the future.

The team

The East Midland’s Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) team is predominantly a water planning team with specialists in water resources, water quality and river basin planning.

Working with area operational teams, national policy makers and other stakeholders, in particular water companies, we shape and produce the environmental plans that drive East Midland’s area priorities.

Our diverse and friendly team of advisors are at the heart of environmental decision making, facilitating integrated actions to solve complex problems.

Experience/skills required

Ability to demonstrate leadership in a specialist technical area.
Good research/analysis skills, supporting an ability to make proportionate, evidence-based inferences/proposals from information.

Experience of gathering, maintaining and quality-assuring data/information.

Good organisational skills/discipline and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate work.

Ability to work under own initiative and as part of a larger, cross-functional/multidisciplinary team

Sensitive to the needs of the internal and external customers and able to deliver outcomes through them.

Ability to prioritise and deliver work to relevant standards and tight deadlines.

Experience of translating internal guidance and instructions into local delivery.

Essential: A degree ( or equivalent) in a relevant environmental discipline.
Desirable: Membership of, or working towards a membership of, a relevant professional institute (e.g. CIWEM)

Contact and additional information

The information you supply about the capabilities will be used for interview selection, so ensure you demonstrate your skills and experience in your response. A copy of our “EA capability dictionary” can be viewed by searching online.

The role is based at the Nottingham Environment Agency office. However, we work flexibly, and staff also spend time working from home.

We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation, disability or religion. We are willing to discuss flexible working patterns at the interview stage.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Vanessa Shoebridge. Telephone: 020302 53433 or email [email protected]

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Closing Date: 07/05/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: 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.

Tell us about a time when you have had to co-ordinate information from a variety of sources in order to solve a difficult technical problem.

Competence 2: Influences and Persuades Others
Presents a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

Describe a time when, in the face of considerable challenge, you have successfully persuaded a key stakeholder round to your point of view.

Competence 3: Strategic Environment Planning
Develops, delivers and implements strategic plans for the sustainable use, protection and improvement of our environment.

Describe a project you have been involved with that delivered an environmental outcome or improved the sustainability of an existing asset/water course.

Competence 4: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses

Describe a time when you have disagreed with a customer but managed to maintain a good relationship and achieve a good outcome.

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.