Local recruitment: Water Resources Senior Environment Officer (Land and Water) 

Environment Agency

Bodmin, UK 🇬🇧

Exeter, UK 🇬🇧

Launceston, UK 🇬🇧

Redruth, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South West
City/Town: Bodmin , Exeter , Launceston , Redruth
Building/Site: Sir John Moore House, Pennygillam Depot, Tolgus Depot, Manley House
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Fixed Term
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £37,462 pro-rata

Job description

Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly face the most challenging year ever in protecting our local water resources. To achieve our area local ambition to protect water resources, influence corporate responsibility and regulate water use, we are recruiting temporary roles in recognition of the additional workload that drought poses on area staff.
In response to the ongoing drought, an exciting 12 month opportunity exists to represent ‘Land and Water’ via technical and regulatory input working alongside our virtual area drought permitting teams. Virtual teams from across the business are reviewing the solutions to safeguard drinking water resources put forward by South West Water in the form of permit applications and variations. The Water Resources Senior Environment Officer (SEO) role will consider the impacts on our local water environment and establish how we regulate that impact via permitting and compliance.
We anticipate the submission of a large programme of new permits and permit variations over 2023. With reservoir levels remaining low into this year, drought will remain a key priority for Land and Water teams. This SEO will :
•Represent Land and Water interests as a member of the drought virtual permitting team (including desalination solutions)
•Co-ordinate the regulation of drought permits
•Keep Land and Water teams up to date with local drought issues
•Technical lead for drought issues in the area providing training and support (including we time record and recharge) for Environment Officers
•Liaise with IEP on data submissions coming in from South West Water and assess compliance and associated enforcement
•Form part of the Water Land and Biodiversity (WLB) leadership community to plan work programmes and agree priority setting
•Liaise with permit holders on the water resources issue considering future impacts of climate change.
•Collate and contribute to our KPI data for Water Resources regulation work

The team

You will join of one of our 3 Land and Water Teams (depending on location), as with the other SEOs in WLB you will lead on your area of expertise across the whole of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Experience/skills required

• Knowledge and experience of regulating water resources permits
• Consider new efficient ways of working
• Effectively communicate
• Work collaboratively internally and externally
• Build and maintain productive relations with other teams in our response to drought

Contact and additional information

Clarissa Newell, Area Environment Manager for Land Water and Biodiversity for Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
07989 188714

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Closing Date:  17/04/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract:  End date 31/03/2024

Competence 1: Communicates Effectively

Communicates Effectively – Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing. Please describe a time you have co-ordinated a team approach to compliance for a specific sector or theme. How did you communicate what needed to be done and what was the outcome?

Competence 2: Securing Compliance

Secures Compliance- Secures compliance of individuals and organisations with permits and legislation. Describe a time you have brought a permit holder back into compliance following a permit breach. What principles did you apply in your approach?

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems

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. Balancing the needs of humans and the environment is a challenge, please can you explain when you have achieved an environmental outcome that involved you making a difficult decision.

Role specific license requirements: Driving license

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.

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development