Local recruitment: Environment Planning Officer (Catchment Planning)

Environment Agency

Farnham, UK 🇬🇧

Oxford, UK 🇬🇧

Reading, UK 🇬🇧

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South East
City/Town: Farnham , Oxford , Reading , Wallingford
Building/Site: Kings Meadow House, Red Kite House, Osney Yard, Goldcrest House
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £29,706

Job description

The Environment Agency work in partnership with government, local councils, businesses, and communities to manage the impacts of climate change, perhaps the most serious long-term threat to the environment, people, and wildlife that we face.

You will be enthusiastic and organised, with good planning, communication, and data management skills to support the technical specialists in the team to identify opportunities to improve the water environment, through:

• Our catchment data management system
• River basin management plans
• Water company investment plans
• Natural capital planning
• Delivery with customers and partners

Depending on your skills, interests, and team priorities, you can contribute to a wide variety of activities completed within our team, including:
• data visualisation through GIS mapping
• catchment planning
• strategic monitoring programme work.

We encourage learning and development, and these roles are an opportunity to learn and develop new skills in river basin planning and water quality. We encourage staff to seek continuous professional development and membership of an appropriate professional institute e.g. CIWEM

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 and drive integrated delivery to achieve the best for Thames’s environment.

The team includes specialists focusing on:
• River Basin Planning
• Monitoring Commission
• Water Quality
• Water Company investment programmes
• Drought management.

We work with other teams in the area and nationally to shape ways of working and contribute to the area Local Outcome Plan and Defra’s 25-Year-Plan.

Experience/skills required

• Sound organisational skills and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate work
• Well-developed communication/influencing skills
• Experience gathering, maintaining and quality-assuring data/information
• Ability to work with and summarise environmental data for use by internal and external customers
• Confident working under own initiative and as part of a larger, cross-functional/multidisciplinary team
• Proactive networker, who enjoys working with a range of customers to understand and integrate their needs

At 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 can be based in our Wallingford, Reading, Farnham and Oxford offices, 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.

For further information please contact Sarah Dix by email; sarah.dix@environment-agency.gov.uk

We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, please include any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

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Closing Date:  05/03/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
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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. You may find it helpful to research the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when formulating your response.
In your current/last role, what information were you responsible for collating or reporting on?
• How did you ensure the data was accurate?
• How did you ensure the data was appropriate for the audience?
• How was the data stored?

Competence 2: Achieves Results
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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. You may find it helpful to research the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when formulating your response.
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?

Competence 3: Communicates Effectively
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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. You may find it helpful to research the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when formulating your response.

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 4: Builds and Sustains Relationships
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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. You may find it helpful to research the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when formulating your response.
Please demonstrate your approach to building successful relationships and how you would develop existing partnerships whether that be internal or external.

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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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development