Local recruitment: Water Resources Planning Officer (Kent, South London & East Sussex)

Environment Agency

West Malling, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South East
City/Town: West Malling
Building/Site: Orchard House
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £29,706

Job description

We are the Environment Agency, and we work to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development by working in partnership with government, local councils, businesses, and communities to tackle the increasing demand and management of water as a resource in KSL and climate change’s effect on the environment.

We are looking for a someone to help us manage operational water resources activities in the Kent, South London, and East Sussex (KSLES) area.

Supporting the Water Resources specialists and Area Leadership Team and working closely with your colleagues in various teams, you will provide a high level of service across the area supporting proactive water resources data & information management.

The main responsibilities are:

Water resources planning

Abstraction Licence Strategies and Resources Assessment

Working with customers and partners such as water companies, consultants, catchment groups and other stakeholders.

Customer enquiries and data requests

Support and coordinate our work on the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP) and associated water company plans

Abstraction licence assessment and regulation

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 Kent and South London Groundwater and Hydrology team bring together Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resource specialists in a high performing and professional environment. A population of 6 million and increasing growth in the Southeast continues to challenge the balance between the natural environment and resources, with the team being primarily responsible for managing and regulating sustainable abstraction and water resources across Kent and South London.

Experience/skills required

Proven interest/working experience/education in water resources management and/or planning.

the ability to work unsupervised and collaborate effectively in a team atmosphere.

the ability to find innovative solutions to complex issues.

the ability to work flexibly and manage your own workload.

Communicate across a wide network of audiences by using a variety of communication methods.

Good organisational skills and an ability to use MS Office programs.

Work with technical colleagues to understand data to support evidence

Contact and additional information

Interviews conducted virtually via MS Teams.

For further details please contact Paul Dellar on 07771387240 or by email on paul.dellar@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, including job share, so please clearly include any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

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, the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

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Closing Date:  27/02/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description: You use your experience and analytical skills to identify potential problems, effective solutions and arrive at sound decisions. You ask appropriate questions to explore the root causes of problems and seek out the best available information before making decisions. You are comfortable confronting difficult situations head-on, especially where major decisions must be made quickly. You are capable of synthesising multiple lines of evidence, and complex or incomplete information to make robust decisions within limited timescales.

Please give an example describing a time when you have had to analyse a lot of information or data to come to a decision.

Competence 2: Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately, and persuasively through speech and writing.

In this role you will communicate regularly and clearly with others to deliver a message or outcome. Please give an example of a time where you have used your communication skills effectively in either a work, voluntary or academic setting to convey a message, result or outcome.
• Who was the audience?
• What did you have to do?
• How did you gauge whether your approach was effective?
• What was the message, result or outcome?
• What did you learn from it?

Competence 3: 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

In this role you will be responsible for delivering your work against timescales and to a high standard, working at times on your own initiative. Please give an example of a time where you used your skills and experience to effectively deliver an outcome.
• How did you set goals, track and measure the outcome?
• How did you respond to any setbacks and challenges?
• What was the outcome and what did you learn?

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