Local recruitment: Environment Planning Specialist

Environment Agency

West Malling, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 2
Region: South East
City/Town: West Malling
Building/Site: Orchard House
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Part Time Term Time, Compressed Hours
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £37,462

Job description

Are you looking for an opportunity to help protect and enhance our water environment?

Do you enjoy working with environmental information and data, and have experience in water quality, water resources or catchment planning?

As an Environment Planning Specialist, you’ll be part of a team that uses data and evidence to help inform and influence integrated working and investment in environmental improvement projects. You’ll work with others to ensure that our data is accurate and reliable. You’ll contribute your knowledge to plans and reports, providing advice to other teams, working groups and senior managers.

Our team focuses on water quality, catchment planning, water resources and the commissioning of our Area’s water monitoring programme, so there’s a variety of work to get involved with and specialise in. We work with numerous teams within the Environment Agency, plus external organisations e.g. Natural England and water companies, so you’ll build productive and influential relationships with a variety of customers and partners.

We support membership of an appropriate professional institute, e.g. CIWEM, and encourage ongoing learning and development.

The Environment Agency responds to a wide variety of environmental incidents and there will be opportunities to take on an incident role with all training provided.

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents, or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

The team

The Integrated Environment Planning Team works to strengthen our evidence base, drive integrated delivery to achieve the best for Kent and South London’s environment.

The team includes specialists focusing on:
• River Basin Planning
• Commissioning our Area’s monitoring activities
• Water Quality
• Water Company investment programmes
• Drought management.

We work with other teams locally, nationally to shape ways of working, and contribute to our Area’s Local Outcome Plan and Defra’s 25-Year-Plan aims.

Experience/skills required

We are looking for candidates who:
• have an interest in using environmental data and evidence to help plan and deliver multifunctional environmental benefits
• have good research/analysis skills and the confidence to make proportionate, evidence-based decisions
• have proven communication, influencing and networking skills
• are able to bring people together and inspire collaboration and information sharing
• are able to coach and mentor others to improve resilience within the team
• are able to work under own initiative and as part of a larger, multidisciplinary team

Experience in water quality, water resources or catchment/river basin planning will be an advantage.

The Environment Agency: we don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities and our environment. We are looking for someone who will live and breathe this ethos to help us achieve our goal.

Contact and additional information

The role will be based at Orchard House, Addington, Kent. We currently have a hybrid working arrangement with a mix of home and office working.

Interviews will be held January 2023. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser. You may find it helpful to research the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when formulating your response.

For further details or an informal chat about the role, please contact Priya Sharma priya.sharma@environment-agency.gov.uk or Philippa Taylor philippa.taylor@environment-agency.gov.uk

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies.

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Closing Date:  08/01/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Description
Please note we do not assess CVs. It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser.

Your example needs to demonstrate the competency set out below (the answer you provide will be assessed as part of your application):

Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

Please tell us about a time you have delivered a successful outcome by working with and balancing the needs of your customers and/or partners.

Competence 2: Influences and Persuades Others
Description
Please note we do not assess CVs. It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser.

Your example needs to demonstrate the competency set out below (the answer you provide will be assessed as part of your application):

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.

Please tell us about a time you’ve needed to influence and persuade individuals with different priorities to yours to contribute to your work or project. How did you achieve their input?

Competence 3: Achieves Results
Description
Please note we do not assess CVs. It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser.

Your example needs to demonstrate the competency set out below (the answer you provide will be assessed as part of your application):

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

Giving a specific example, describe how you have delivered a successful piece of work in the face of considerable challenges or obstacles.

Competence 4: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description
Please note we do not assess CVs. It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser.

Your example needs to demonstrate the competency set out below (the answer you provide will be assessed as part of your application):

Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

Describe a time when you had to solve a particularly complex problem or make a difficult decision. What steps did you take and 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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