Local recruitment: Water Quality Advisor

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: National
City/Town: All
Building/Site: All
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Policy
Salary Minimum: £37,462

Job description

This role is an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of the Environment Agency’s work to protect and improve England’s water quality. You will develop and implement new approaches to regulation in response to emerging environmental, water quality and legislative challenges. You will be flexible and ready to contribute to solving these, sometimes working in unfamiliar territory and without established processes or guidance to base decisions on.

As an advisor you will provide support to colleagues across the Environment Agency, using your knowledge and skills to help them find solutions that protect and enhance water quality. You will be customer focussed, working with others across government, other Agencies, industry and environmental bodies to achieve our objectives. You will seek ways to innovate and maximise beneficial outcomes for the environment, whilst ensuring compliance with legislation and policy.

You will have a particular focus on wastewater discharge permitting. You will be developing and implementing new approaches to regulation, while being innovative and creative.

The Environment Agency will be keen to support you to develop your professional and personal skills to help you succeed and flourish in your career.

The team

We are recruiting for an advisor to be part of the Water Quality Regulatory Development team (WQRDT) in the Environment and Business Directorate. WQRDT develop new regulatory approaches, primarily focusing on water quality and wastewater discharge regulation of the water industry. You will work closely with the wider water quality community across the business, collaborating with and supporting them. The team has a close working relationship with Defra and Natural England.

Experience/skills required

Your skills and experience should include good knowledge of water quality and other environmental legislation. Experience of water quality permitting and wastewater discharge regulation would be advantageous, as would an understanding of water quality statistics. You should be confident in your ability to both develop good relationships with internal and external customers. Good communication skills, verbal and written are a must, as you’ll be working proactively with both internal and external stakeholders. You should be experienced in explaining new concepts and encouraging new ways of working.

Contact and additional information

The WQRD team is a dispersed national team. The location for this role is flexible. You should be comfortable with remote working and management and proficient in the use of virtual communication tools. Some national travel will be required to attend meetings and other events.

Applications are welcomed from those with flexible working patterns.

You’ll have an inclusive incident management objective in your development plan, so we’ll support you to find an incident role to suit your needs and circumstances.

For more information and to discuss the role please contact Susanne Whittaker susanne.whittaker @environment-agency.gov.uk

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Closing Date:  13/02/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
Analysing and interpreting data and information appropriately for a variety of purposes is a significant part of the role.
Please describe a time when you have had to analyse and interpret data and present it in a useable format. How did you ensure the quality of the data/information? How did you present it?

Competence 2: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Taking decisions based on complex but often incomplete information is an important part of this role. Please describe a time when you have made a difficult decision based on complex but incomplete information. How did you analyse and use the information available to you to support your decision making?

Competence 3: Communicates Effectively
Clear and effective communication of complex technical information is vital.
Please describe a time when you have communicated complex technical information. How did you decide on the method(s) of communication and how did you tailor your communication for your audience?

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