Local recruitment: Water Resources Officer

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 7
Region: East Midlands, East of England, South East, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber
City/Town: Blandford Forum , Brampton , Canterbury , Chichester , Colchester , Ely , Farnham , Ipswich , Norwich , Peterborough , Reading , Romsey , Rye , Sheffield , Wallingford , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Worthing , York , Pevensey
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £28,785

Job description

We are enhancing our efforts to restore chalk streams by creating a range of new posts across England. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an innovative national programme focussed on achieving sustainable abstraction and healthy rivers across chalk catchments. Fundamental to this will be improving our groundwater analysis of the impacts of water abstraction on chalk streams. Fundamental to this will be improving our analysis and finding solutions to the impacts of water abstraction on chalk streams. You will support on the provision of water resources evidence to the area virtual chalk team to feed into development and delivery of the area chalk action plan.

You’ll support the delivery of projects and investigations related to abstraction activities in chalk streams. For example:

investigations into potentially unsustainable abstractions

data handling such as analysis and mapping

sharing and communication of data and evidence

using your technical understanding and judgement to assess the methodology and outcomes of water company investigations

support production and delivery of the area chalk action plan

support on drought planning and management

The team

The Integrated Environment Planning team has a pivotal role in collating/analysing and sharing data to produce evidence that informs/drives area priorities. The team includes specialists and officers focussing on water resources/water quality and Water Framework Directive activities.

We drive the Area’s work on Water Company planning for Water Quality/Water Resources.

The role will contribute to the area virtual chalk team and be part of the wider national chalk network.

Experience/skills required

a relevant degree or equivalent experience

technical knowledge and experience of abstraction management, water resources planning and chalk issues ​

a self-starter who can deliver key project tasks

very good written and verbal communication skills

an established record of practical problem solving

the ability to think through challenges unsupervised and as part of a team

have a good working knowledge of relevant abstraction policies and environmental legislation​

Contact and additional information

The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share.

Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

For questions relating to this role, please contact [email protected]

Interviews will be held w/c 26/09/2022.

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Closing Date: 11/09/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Achieves Results
Description
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results

Please note your answer will be used for shortlisting purposes. Your examples do not necessarily have to be work-related, so please use the best examples from any area of your life. You may find researching the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) useful when answering this question.

Describe how you have delivered a complex or busy workload successfully.

How did you prioritise and plan your workload to maximise the output

Did you face any challenges or obstacles that would have affected your work plan and targets and how did you resolve these issues

Did you successfully achieve the planned outcomes during the working period

Would you do anything differently in a similar circumstance

Competence 2: Data and Information Management
Description
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Please note your answer will be used for shortlisting purposes. Your examples do not necessarily have to be work-related, so please use the best examples from any area of your life. You may find researching the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) useful when answering this question.

In your current or previous role, describe how you collated and used data from multiple sources to report key information so that management decisions could be made. How did you determine which information was most relevant?

How do you ensure that all data is accurate and up to date?

How do you manage large amounts of data?

How do you ensure accuracy of your data

What common data quality issues have you come across

How do you manage change in your data

How do you protect your data from unauthorised access

Competence 3: Communicates Effectively
Description
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

Please note your answer will be used for shortlisting purposes. Your examples do not necessarily have to be work-related, so please use the best examples from any area of your life. You may find researching the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) useful when answering this question.

Please describe how you have tailored your communication style to meet the requirements of different stakeholders on a piece of work.
• Who were the different stakeholders?
• How and why did you adapt your style?
• How did you gauge whether you were sharing the right quantity and quality of information with different stakeholders?
• What was the 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.


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