About the job
We are the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.
Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Team
Our fantastic team is responsible for delivering environmental outcomes across Norfolk and Suffolk. We use a range of mechanisms including land management and planning advice, engagement with stakeholders and direct management of our own land, to achieve the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and landscapes. We are uniquely placed, amongst our partners, to be able to blend regulation, incentives and advice to create positive land use change and nature’s recovery and are passionate about doing so.
As a Team we aim to work flexibly and support each other and collaborate with others across the region to increase awareness and appreciation of our landscapes and wildlife. Our successful delivery of nature recovery will rely on us explaining the benefits people derive from our special environment, fantastic landscapes and helping people and local communities grow and nurture connection with their natural environment.
Key tasks/principal accountabilities:
You will have delivery oversight of water quality and quantity issues affecting our Protected Sites across Norfolk and Suffolk. You will work internally with Area Team colleagues and National Specialists, and externally with partners and stakeholders to advise on and deliver mechanisms to address these issues. This includes:
Diffuse Water Pollution Plans
Many of our freshwater Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are at risk of, or not meeting their conservation targets because of Diffuse Water Pollution (DWP) issues. DWP Plans were put in place in 2010 as a long?term management planning approach to tackling DWP issues.
The plans cover the complexity of local issues and are delivered in partnership with the Environment Agency and other key local stakeholders as appropriate.
DWP Plans consider the available evidence for diffuse pollution, its causes, and the scope of existing measures / mechanisms at work. They identify knowledge gaps and how they might be addressed and identify further actions that may be required and the mechanisms needed to deliver them. They should coordinate and drive delivery of actions at the catchment level and should champion an integrated approach to the application of advice, incentives and regulatory mechanisms. DWP plans are working documents to support an on-going and iterative remedy process. Plans must adapt over time to the emergence of new evidence, new tools and changes in the policy landscape. This role will provide Area Team oversight of the plans and drive forward their delivery.
Working with Water Industry Partners
The role will also provide Natural England’s technical input into water industry strategic plan advice. In particular into River Basin Management Plan 3, and statutory plans such as water company Drought and Drainage & Wastewater Management Plans.
DWP plans 0.7FTE
• Take a lead in initiating and updating the evidence and delivery of progress for the 9 DWP plans in Norfolk and Suffolk.
• Develop implementation plans which prioritise actions within the plans and have clear timescales and outcomes.
• Work with water specialists to identify issues/ measures that can best be progressed through a national approach.
• Work with SSSI Responsible Officers and Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers to ensure that they have the tools and knowledge to be able to progress the plan actions effectively.
• Lead the development and delivery of a Stakeholder Engagement Plan and engage with local delivery partners and stakeholders to maximise delivery potential.
• Ensure reporting requirements are fulfilled including identifying remedies and threats and recording these on CMSi.
• Develop and submit bids for Water Framework Directive funding once known evidence gaps are established to progress delivery
• Take a lead on liasing with national staff around the Judicial Review and implications for these 9 sites
• Ensure linkages are made between DWP Plan delivery and other regionally important water programmes e.g. Price Review14 (PR14), Water Resources Management, Catchment Flood Management etc.
Working with Water Industry Partners 0.3 FTE
Gather evidence and develop Natural England’s advice with colleagues to get maximum environmental benefits from strategic and statutory water plans.
• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines
• Use relevant data / evidence to analyse and interpret trends, outcomes and issues
• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience
• Act with integrity, addressing challenging issues and managing conflict through being open and objective
• Be ambitious, identify and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and Natural England and inspire others to act
• Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence
Creating Resilient Landscapes and Sea
• Understand and select most appropriate measures, including working with partners, to address DWPA at source, pathway and receptor for individual sites
• Understand the environmental value of designated sites and explain that to partners, stakeholders and customers.
• Use and contribute to the evidence base on environmental and landscape change to support resilient landscapes and seascapes
Putting People at the Heart of the Environment
• Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver Natural England’s vision, mission and aims
• Listen to and understand our diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and Natural England
• Understand and explain the outcomes that we seek in your local patch and how these fit in with local and national issues
• Share expertise and knowledge with people and networks so that you can develop together
Technical/specialist knowledge/qualifications (essential):
• A good knowledge of open and freshwater habitats and ecosystems
• A good knowledge of agricultural water pollution and its impacts on freshwater habitats and ecosystems.
• A good knowledge of DWP and experience in addressing DWP issues.
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• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
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