Local recruitment: Water Resources Environmental Destination Lead

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

We are looking for a technical leader for the Environment Agency’s work influencing the Environmental Destination (ED) within regional water resources plans. This is a new role, so there is opportunity to shape it from the outset.

You will:
• provide oversight on the ED workstream, working across Operations Catchment Services (OCS), Area teams and Environment & Business (E&B), and be the ‘go to’ person on ED in OCS
• focus on delivery of ED and work with OCS regional planning to incorporate ED into regional planning in a practical and tangible way
• work with E&B and OCS to ensure ED ties together with relevant abstraction policies and environmental legislation and inclusion of the outcomes of the ED in price review/WRMPs
• liaise directly with area teams to provide technical support and enable participation of area colleagues in the ED workstream
• provide technical support and steer the OCS regional leads during regional plan development, reviewing at specific regional group ED meetings
• provide advice on the appropriate data for the ED work undertaken by regional groups.
• review successes and shortcomings of the first round of the National Framework and advise on future developments in the ED approach

The team

The Sustainable Abstraction team delivers Defra’s Abstraction Plan and the water resources element of the Price Review. The team also lead communities of practice with local operations on sustainable abstraction. The team is being expanded to include a greater focus on the environmental destination within regional water resource plans and to coordinate the Environment Agency’s delivery of the chalk stream action plan. The team sits within the wider OCS Water Resources department in National Operations.

Experience/skills required

• detailed technical knowledge and experience of abstraction management, water resources planning and chalk issues
• good working knowledge of relevant abstraction policies and environmental legislation
• familiar with delivery of environmental outcomes and how we derive those outcomes – ideally with some Area/Operations experience and comfortable advising on issues to influence policy

Contact and additional information

For further information contact Nicola Poole at [email protected] or Jude Hoseason at [email protected]

Interviews will be held at a date to be confirmed.

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Closing Date: 15/05/2022, 23:55 hours

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Competence 1: Networks
Establishes and maintains a wide variety of internal and external contacts for the benefit of the Environment Agency.

Competence 2: Programme and Project Management
Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively.

Competence 3: 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.

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.

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