Local recruitment: Water Resources Specialist

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 11
Region: East Midlands, East of England, North West, South East, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
City/Town: Birmingham , Brampton , Canterbury , Colchester , Ely , Farnham , Ipswich , Kettering , Kidderminster , Leeds , Lincoln , Norwich , Penrith , Peterborough , Preston , Reading , Sheffield , Spalding , Wallingford , Warrington , West Malling , York
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £36,389

Job description

We are enhancing our efforts to restore chalk streams so 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 analysis and finding solutions to the impacts of water abstraction on chalk streams. You will provide specialist water resources advice to the area virtual chalk team and input to the development and delivery of the area chalk action plan. Building good relationships with technical leads will be key to understand the chalk issues and providing effective advice. The national chalk network will also offer a broader perspective and bring together practitioners across the country.

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

investigations into potentially unsustainable abstractions

working with water companies to implement environmental improvement schemes

organising internal project teams to provide technical advice to water companies

providing advice to senior managers and facilitating the resolution of complex or contentious issues

building productive and influential relationships with external partners including water companies and local interest groups

using technical understanding and judgement to scrutinise the methodology and outcomes of investigations

The team

In the Integrated Environment Planning teams have pivotal roles in collating/analysing/sharing data to produce evidence that informs/drives area priorities. The teams focus on water resources/water quality and Water Framework Directive activities. In Kent and South London Area the role will sit in the Hydrology Team, alongside experts in hydrology and 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 and water resources planning

a self-starter who can deliver key project tasks

the ability to run a technical (virtual) team

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​

external engagement with stakeholders

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.

You will be provided with all the training, support and 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
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

Can you describe a time where you have worked with others on a challenging project or piece of work and explain what the challenges were?

• How did you respond to the difficulties?
• Who were you working with? Did everyone deliver? If not why?
• What standards did you achieve?
• How did you monitor progress?
• What did you learn? Would you do anything different if in a similar position in the future?

Competence 2: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

In this role you will work with range of customers both internal Environment Agency Colleagues as well as external Partner organisations so experience of being able to address and respond to customers requirements will be essential. Please give an example of when you have responded to a customer’s query or request and why you believe you provided a Rapid and Effective response.
• What was the request or query?
• How did you go about ensuring you understood the request or query?
• What actions did you take to meet the customer or partners request or query?
• How do you know that you provided a Rapid or Effective response?
• What was the outcome?
• What did you learn from the experience?
You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

Competence 3: Influences and Persuades Others
Presenting 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 scenario where you have had to persuade and influence others in order to win them over to your way of thinking?

• What approaches did you take and why?
• Did you consider any others?
• What were the challenges you faced – how did you overcome these
• How did you consider inclusivity / diversity?
• How did you deal with any objections?
• 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.