Local recruitment: Water Resources Specialist

Environment Agency

Bodmin, UK 🇬🇧

Exeter, UK 🇬🇧

Launceston, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South West
City/Town: Bodmin , Exeter , Launceston
Building/Site: Sir John Moore House, Pennygillam Depot, Manley House
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £37,462

Job description

Water is vital for all life. This role provides the opportunity to make a difference through a rewarding career dedicated to managing this precious resource for our environment in a changing climate.
Climate change is expected to challenge our Water Resources (WR). Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (DCIS) Area still remains in drought status since Summer 2022. Although the low river flows experienced during the summer have now recovered in response to autumn rainfall, the drought status continues due to the need to refill public water supply reservoirs before spring / summer 2023.
To ensure the future resilience of water for the environment, we are recruiting two new permanent posts, at a specialist and officer level, dedicated to balancing the water needs for the environment and people, businesses, industry and agriculture.
Both will be part of our DCIS Area Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) Team, and form part of our overall ‘Team WR’. To help us adapt our workforce to critical environmental priorities, you may also have the opportunity to undertake an incident management role and support our water and environment management work in other teams.
For this Specialist role, we are looking for a technical leader with a proven understanding of WR management for the environment to lead a range of activities including:
• Planning, developing and prioritising our WR investigations and monitoring.
• Water company engagement including influencing Drought and Water Resource Management Plans and future Price Review (PR) investment.
• Water company planning including WR licensing and drought permitting.
• Leading WR change projects to ensure future sustainability.
• Working with private abstractors to improve the sustainability of abstractions.
• Supporting our work to manage environmental incidents
You will need to be a team player, and keen to contribute to our culture for close team working.

The team

We are an inclusive team with a passion to protect and enhance the environment. We work with others to focus on the most important things for the environment. You will also have opportunity to support our incident management, the wider national EA community, and work with our external partners who share the ambition of our Environment Plan for a nation resilient to climate change; healthy air, land and water; and green growth and future sustainability.

Experience/skills required

  • A good understanding of WR management for the environment, and keen to lead our role to ensure a water resilient future
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to deliver environmental outcomes
  • Confidence to manage competing workloads and deliver tasks to deadlines
  • Able to work effectively in a dispersed team.

Contact and additional information

This is a permanent role in the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Environment Planning team. The role will be based in our Exeter, Launceston or Bodmin office, but through a flexible hybrid model that allows people the choice to work at offices or home to suit the needs of both individuals and the business. To attract the best candidate we are open to considering applications from those who wish to work flexibly, and do not live locally.
For further information about this role please Contact Charles Ikediashi
email – charles.ikediashi@environment-agency.gov.uk
Phone – 07833 407883
Shortlisting for interview is based on full answers to the competency questions below, no CV required.

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Closing Date:  15/01/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Business of the Environment Agency
Please tell us why you are interested in this role using examples of how you could apply your previous experience to a technical leadership role for Water Resources (WR)?

Competence 2: Works in Teams
Our WR work involves staff from a broad range of our business who work together with a ‘Team WR’ culture. Please describe your experience of working in teams, and why you are an effective team player?

Competence 3: Customer and Partner Relations
This role will require you to work closely with a range of internal teams and external partners. Please tell us about your approach to building and sustaining productive working relationships, using examples where this has been critical to your success?

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.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development