Local recruitment: E&B Water Resources Regulation Advisor

Environment Agency

England, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: National
City/Town: All
Building/Site: All
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £37,462 pro-rata

Job description

Could you use your knowledge and skills to ensure we properly manage water resources in England?

Do you have good problem solving and communication skills and enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues across different teams to protect the environment?

This is a fixed term role until 31st March 2024.

Water is becoming increasingly important due to the combined pressures of climate change and population growth. In this role you’ll help shape water resources regulation and enable its delivery across the Environment Agency by:
• providing advice on regulatory matters and how we meet environmental obligations through regulation
• producing and updating technical guidance
• developing and providing training
• collaborating with different parts of the organisation to improve water resources regulation
• working with, and influencing our customers and partners, including organisations representing abstractor interests from the public water supply, agriculture, industrial and power generating sectors

We’re a small, friendly, geographically dispersed team and promote a positive, inclusive, and supportive culture where everyone feels valued.

We work closely with government, national stakeholders, Environment and Business (E&B) Directorate, and operational teams. We develop and implement plans to deliver legislation and provide technical advice and guidance.

We use smart tools to stay connected and reduce travel, but some travel and overnight stays may be required.

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You’ll have the option 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 will be available to support you with your incident role should you choose to have one.

The team

You’ll join our Water Resources Regulation team. We set the strategic direction for water resources regulation on abstraction and impounding. We’re based in the E&B Directorate.

E&B supports the Environment Agency by using evidence, expertise, and innovation to enhance and support delivery, influence policy, legislation, and secure resources. We steer the direction, set the priorities, and shape our organisation’s approach to deliver environmental outcomes and better regulate.

Experience/skills required

In your capability-based answers please demonstrate your:
• knowledge of water resources regulation, or transferable skills and a desire to learn
• experience of working across a business to improve delivery of outcomes
• ability to be a be a self-starter and work remotely in a dispersed team
• skills in prioritising workloads, to achieve results of a high standard
• ability to build and maintain good relationships across a range of customers
• effective influencing skills across a range of customers and partners
• strong communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to explain complex technical information to meet audience needs
• problem solving and decisions making skills
• ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and actively encourage others to consider diversity issues in their work

You’ll have a range of development opportunities and appropriate training will be provided.

Contact and additional information

We’re committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve, so welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds.

Our candidate call about this role will be on 3rd March 2023 12:00-13:00 hours.

For more information about working for us and how to apply please read the Candidate Pack and Additional information document.

For more information, please contact Helen Vale on 07920 138751 (helen.vale@environment-agnecy.gov.uk) or Laura Ward on 07557 490264 (laura.ward@environment-agency.gov.uk).

Applications will be “blind” assessed using your answers to the competency questions.

Interviews will be held using MS Teams during March 2023

If you consent to be recruited onto a reserve list, we’ll hold your details for 6 months and we may offer you an alternative post.

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Closing Date:  12/03/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract:  Ends on 31st March 2024

Competence 1: Achieves Results
Description: Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

Give an example of when you have planned and delivered a complex piece of work, whilst working under pressure and where delivery relied on others input as much as your own.

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

Give an example of a time you disseminated information about a complex subject which you found hard to understand yourself at first.

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description: Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives, and taking sound and timely decisions.

Give an example where you have worked through a challenge and made decisions or solved problems to ensure a successful outcome was achieved.

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