Local recruitment: Environment & Science - Graduate Training Scheme: Water Resources Officer (Agriculture)

Environment Agency

East Midlands, UK 🇬🇧

West Midlands, UK 🇬🇧

Yorkshire and the Humber, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
City/Town: Blandford Forum , Bodmin , Bridgwater , Exeter , Ipswich , Leeds , Lincoln , Newcastle , Norwich , Nottingham , Penrith , Preston , Romsey , Shrewsbury , Tewkesbury , Wallingford , Warrington , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Worthing , York , Fradley
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Graduate Training
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £28,100

Job description

This role is part of the Environment and Science Graduate Training Scheme is a development programme  please read the linked pack below for more details.

A graduate role as a Water Resources Officer (agriculture) is an exciting opportunity to contribute, learn and develop. Our Water Resources Officers play a critical role in using data and evidence to plan and prioritise the delivery of environmental outcomes.

You will play a crucial role in working on revising the National Framework for Water Resources. Collaborating and working effectively in a national team to shape water resources planning for agriculture. Examining the effects of climate change and population growth on the demands from agriculture. Investigating how farmers can improve their water supply resilience.

An environmental degree and/or experience in water resources work

  • Ability to co-ordinate projects and organise workload
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to be able to work effectively and collaboratively with others
  • An interest in protecting the environment and sustainable water use

During your traineeship, you will have the opportunity to work on other projects and in other teams including a chance to work with area operational teams to see the work that they do and the ways in which we help support it. You will be expected to grow you interest and experience in biodiversity throughout this time with a view to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do, you’ll 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. Full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

The team

Our Water Resources Officers play a critical role in using data and evidence to plan and prioritise the delivery of environmental outcomes.

Experience/skills required

You will be someone with a genuine interest in the environment, with a degree (or equivalent) in the subject and/or a proven track record (paid or voluntary) of working in the sector.

To be eligible for this role you will need to meet ALL the following criteria:

Criteria 1

  • You are a UK, Commonwealth or EEA (European Economic Area) national
  • You have the right to work in the UK

Criteria 2

  • Must have a minimum of a honours degree in environmental science or equivalent subject
  • Driving licence .
    Contact and additional information 1
    The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes.

For questions about the Environment & Science Training Scheme, please contact ESGradScheme@environment-agency.gov.uk

This vacancy closes on 10/03/2024, interviews will be held during April 2024.

Job description attachment 1 

Job Profile – 28666.docx – 73KB 
Converted File Job Profile – 28666.docx.pdf – 43KB

Job description attachment 2 

ES GTS Candidate Pack 2024.pdf – 1544KB 

Candidate pack 

Candidate Pack – 28666.docx – 2041KB 
Converted File Candidate Pack – 28666.docx.pdf – 548KB 

Closing Date:  17/03/2024, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Uses Initiative
Our work is based on facts and we follow laws and guidelines. How would you begin a new task?

Competence 2: Communicates Effectively
Can you share an instance where your good communication skills were key to getting a good result? Please give an example where you used different methods and explain how these helped you express your point.

Competence 3: Achieves Results
It is likely to take at around 4 years to develop sufficient skills and knowledge to apply for chartered status.
Can you tell us about a long-term project you worked on that needed planning and how you made sure everything went as planned?

Competence 4: Works in Teams
As a trainee, you’ll be helping many people with various tasks while also improving your skills. Can you give an example of when you were part of a team and had to handle different needs from several people effectively?

Role specific license requirements: Full UK Driving Licence

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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