Local recruitment: Water Resources Officer (East Anglia)

Environment Agency

Brampton, UK 🇬🇧

Chelmsford, UK 🇬🇧

Colchester, UK 🇬🇧

Ely, UK 🇬🇧

Ipswich, UK 🇬🇧

King's Lynn, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 4
Region: East of England
City/Town: Brampton , Chelmsford , Colchester , Ely , Ipswich , King’s Lynn
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £29,706

Job description

It’s an exciting time to be working on water resources management. With future climate change and population growth predictions, it has never been more important to allocate this precious resource between different uses whilst protecting and enhancing the water environment.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and forward thinking individual with excellent communication skills and knowledge of environmental issues.   

This post is a technical officer role.  The post holder will:- 

assist water resources planning specialists with water framework directive investigations and the implementation of measures through the Water industry national environment programme (WINEP);

review and comment on local authority and water company plans;

assist the area drought coordinator in reporting and planning activities and ensure that our drought plan is up to date;

administer an online mailbox and deal with internal and external enquiries;

maintain permit information and models which underpin our policy and decision making and keep published policies up to date;

respond to water resource licence consultations and provide technical support to other teams; 

communicate and enforce licence conditions to customers which protect the flow in our rivers and assist our regulatory teams with reviewing non-compliance;

work with Internal drainage boards to manage the balance of water supply and demand in our fenland catchments;

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

You’ll join the Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) team, containing specialists in water resources, water quality and catchment planning, working across the East Anglia Area.

We are a team of experienced advisors central to environmental decision making. We work with internal and external partners to collate, analyse and share data, providing the environmental evidence to inform our area’s priorities, and to deliver actions that maximise benefits for people and the natural environment.

Experience/skills required

You should be qualified to degree level, preferably in an environmental discipline and have experience in the following areas:- 

awareness of water resources legislation and understanding of the current pressures to water availability in East Anglia;

  • communicating effectively with a wide range of customers in different situations; 
  • understanding, analysing and translating a variety of data and information into evidence that can be used to inform and influence decisions by technical and non-technical audiences, and support strategic planning activities 
  • ability to work under own initiative, and as part of a larger, cross-functional team, prioritising and delivering work to relevant standards and tight deadlines 
  • good organisational skills/discipline and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate own work;
  • Experience of working in water resources and licensing is desirable however, training will be provided.

Contact and additional information

The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce which reflects the communities we serve. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled, female and LGBT+ candidates, so that our team really does represent and understand the communities we work with. Our flexible working practices support a healthy work/life balance and offer numerous choices to help accommodate the demands that various personal commitments may present. Training and learning opportunities are available for those wanting to progress their career. 

If you have any questions about this role please see the candidate pack or contact Sarah Brown (Sarah.Brown@environment-agency.gov.uk). 

Interviews for this role will take place by MSTeams during March.

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

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

Please tell us about a time when you had to deliver a difficult message to a customer.

  • What was the situation,
  • How did you tailor your communication
  • How did you ensure your customer understood and agreed with your message?

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

In your current or previous role, describe how you collated and used data from multiple sources to report key information so that management decisions could be made.

  • How did you determine which information was most relevant?
  • How do you ensure that all data is accurate and up to date?
  • How do you manage large amounts of data?

Competence 3: Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Describe a time when you have made an important work decision with incomplete information, or within a short timeframe.

  • What factors did you consider?
  • What problems did you encounter?
  • 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.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development