Local recruitment: Water Resource Officer

Environment Agency

Kettering, UK 🇬🇧

Lincoln, UK 🇬🇧

Peterborough, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: East Midlands
City/Town: Kettering , Lincoln , Peterborough
Building/Site: Nene House, Ceres House, 2 Searby Rd, LN2 4DT, Quay House
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Administration / Corporate Support, Audit, Analytical, Quality
Salary Minimum: £29,706

Job description

Water is essential for life. Our health, environment and economy depends on this precious resource.
Increasing pressure on our water environment from climate change and population growth means that managing the quality and quantity of water in our lakes and rivers has never been more important.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual with good communication, and information management skills to support our role of water planning for Lincolnshire and Northants.
With significant water pressures with the climate emergency forecast to increase pressure on water supplies in the future, we are looking for someone with an interest in Water resources and Drought to join our team.

Supported by our Specialists, you will help to protect and improve the quantity and/or quality of water available for wildlife, people and future generations. You will do this by supporting workloads such as:

  • Advising on abstraction licence, and water discharge activity permit applications.
  • Assessing new abstraction proposals in collaboration with external partners and internal teams.
  • You will work in the drought team, contributing to drought planning and response.
  • With support from Specialist you will write procedures and training for drought response.
  • You will ensure the team completes required Audits
  • Respond to enquiries and requests for data and information
  • Support the technical requirements of the Water Framework Directive
  • Provide technical administrative support to other team members
  • Record data and information
  • Feed into Catchment planning requirements.

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

Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) is predominantly a water planning team with specialists in water resources, water quality and river basin planning.

Working with area operational teams, national policy makers and other stakeholders such as water companies, we produce the environmental plans that drive Lincolnshire and Northants area priorities.
Our friendly and diverse team of Specialists and officers are at the heart of environmental decision making, facilitating integrated actions to solve complex problems.

Experience/skills required

Good organisational skills/discipline and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate work.

Experience of translating guidance and instructions into local delivery.

Able to work under own initiative and as part of a larger, cross-functional/multidisciplinary team.

Able to work on own initiative in a large team and consider wider teams needs

Able to support working groups and organise/facilitate effective meetings.

Good research/analysis skills, supporting an ability to make proportionate, evidence-based inferences/proposals from information.

Experience of gathering, maintaining and quality-assuring data/information.

Sensitive to the needs of the internal and external customers and able to deliver outcomes through these.

Ability to convey information to technical and non-technical audiences alike.

In addition to Water resource experience or knowledge in one or more of these subject areas would be highly desirable: water resource management, drought incident experience, hydrology, Geographical Information Systems.

Contact and additional information

The Environment Agency is committed to a culture of inclusion. We are able to learn and deliver our environmental outcomes better with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for our team, we welcome applications from all members of our community.

The Team is based in the Environment Agency’s Lincolnshire and Northants Area, there will be some requirement to travel to attend meetings at locations within the Lincolnshire and Northants area.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Caroline Hook. Telephone: 07471441914 or email Caroline.Hook@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Closing Date:  01/10/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Please describe how you have used your analytical and data skills to influence an outcome. How did you turn data into compelling evidence to influence an individual or group?

Competence 2: 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.

You will need to understand a range of views and then help the business take decisions on the best way forward. Please describe how you have used a weight-of-evidence approach (i.e., considered various pieces of evidence from a range of sources) to support a decision being taken by yourself or others.

Competence 3: 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 when you have had to communicate effectively with a large number or variety of people and/or stakeholders.
What challenges did this bring and how did you overcome these challenges.

Role specific license requirements: Full UK driving licence an advantage but not essential
Role specific professional membership requirements: Professional membership or working towards one is desirable

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