Local recruitment: Integrated Environment Planning Specialist (Water Resources) - Thames

Environment Agency

Oxford, UK 🇬🇧

Reading, UK 🇬🇧

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧


Number of jobs available: 2
Region: South East
City/Town: Home Working , Oxford , Reading , Wallingford
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £37,462

Job description

It’s an exciting time to be working on water resources management. The pressures of climate change and population growth mean that it will become even more challenging to allocate this precious resource between different uses in the future while 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 pressures.

This post is a specialist water resources technical role. The post holder will:

jointly be responsible for the local delivery of water resources services

directly support the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP) and associated water company plans.

build and maintain productive and influential relationships with internal and external customers including water companies

contribute to the coordination of drought planning

lead and/or provide specialist advice to local and national working groups and projects

provide specialist advice to senior managers with facilitating resolution of complex or contentious issues

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 Thames Area. We’re a team of experienced advisors central to environmental decision making, delivering integrated actions to maximise benefits for people and wildlife.

We work with internal and external partners to collate, analyse and share data, providing the environmental evidence to inform our area’s priorities.

Experience/skills required

You will need experience in the following areas:-

knowledge and experience of strategic water resource environment planning tools and techniques, and their outputs, to support decision making

using data management, analysis and presentation skills to explore innovative solutions that will bring environmental improvement

building productive and influential relationships with internal and external partners, using strong communication and networking skills to influence or help deliver outcomes

translating guidance and instructions into local delivery

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 and other projects so project management experience would be desirable

ability to coach and mentor others to increase experience and resilience within the environment planning community

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.

These are permanent posts working from either the Wallingford, Reading or the Oxford Osney Office and home working.

Please contact Sarah Dix by email: sarah.dix@environment-agency.gov.uk (Mon-Fri). Interviews for this role will take place by MS Teams or face-to-face, your personal preference.

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Closing Date:  06/03/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

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

In this role you will work with range of customers both internal Environment Agency Colleagues as well as external Partner organisations so experience of being able to address and respond to customers requirements will be essential.

Please give an example of when you have responded to a customer’s query or request and why you believe you provided a Rapid and Effective response.

• What was the request or query?
• How did you go about ensuring you understood the request or query?
• What actions did you take to meet the customer or partners request or query?
• How do you know that you provided a Rapid or Effective response?
• What was the outcome?
• What did you learn from the experience?

You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

Competence 2: 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

Can you describe a time where you have worked with others on a challenging project or piece of work and explain what the challenges were?
• How did you respond to the difficulties?
• Who were you working with? Did everyone deliver? If not why?
• What standards did you achieve?
• How did you monitor progress?
• What did you learn? Would you do anything different if in a similar position in the future?

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems

Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

Describe a time when due to your analysis of a situation you have been the major influence in solving a problem:
• What was the problem?
• What information did you have to analyse and what was your approach to this?
• Where did you go for the information required?
• How did you sort and analyse the information?
• What were the main challenges and how did you overcome these?
• What was the outcome?
• What did you learn and is there anything you would do differently if in a similar position in the future?

Competence 4: Influences and Persuades Others

Description: Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

Give an example of a situation when you have influenced others who disagreed with your position, in order to help you deliver greater results/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