U.K. nationals: G5 Environment Technical Specialist Water Quality
We are the Environment Agency. We look after land quality, promote sustainable land management and help protect and enhance wildlife habitats working closely with businesses to help them comply with environmental regulations.
This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the effective delivery of integrated environment planning to improve climate resilience and nature. You will be working with both internal and external customers delivering key national outcomes and working directly with partners to achieve significant environmental improvements.
You'll be part of a fantastic team of environment planners focusing on water quality, water resources and river basin planning. Working with local and national colleagues and water companies, the team produces environmental evidence that informs and drives area priorities and investment. No other team in the area enables you to influence such a wide spectrum of the Environment Agency’s and partners’ work to financially invest in and improve the land and water environment.
To be successful you will be expected to:
• have a degree in an environmental subject and experience in water quality or river basin planning, especially with regard to Water Company planning.
• have proven communication, influencing and networking skills;
• have experience of translating internal guidance and instructions into local delivery;
• have experience of using evidence to explore problems and propose effective and innovative solutions;
• be self-motivated and able to prioritise and deliver a busy workload to defined deadlines;
• be able to bring people together and inspire collaboration and information sharing;
• be able to coach and mentor others to improve resilience within the environment planning community.
• ideally have some experience of Marine water quality planning.
Contact and additional information
Currently staff are primarily home based with some occasional travel and COVID-secure office working.
For more information please contact Rosanne Broome on 07887-632061 or
Level of security checks required Basic Check
Please note that that your answers to the capability questions will be used to determine interview selection.
Depending on the current COVID restrictions the interview maybe by video link.
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27/11/2020, 23:55 hours
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Length of contract
This is a Maternity cover for 1 year until 31st December 2021.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
This competency is about addressing the needs of internal and external customers and providing timely and effective responses. Please describe an occasion when you have used your knowledge and understanding of a particular customer to improve the service you provided for them.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
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.
Data and Information Management
You'll need to be able to collate data, evidence and intelligence, analyse and share data to produce environmental evidence that informs and drives area priorities. - 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?
Describe a time when you have listened and questioned to understand and engage. Also explain a time when you have had to convey information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
Influences and Persuades Others
Describe how you would present a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly.
Role specific license requirements
Driving Licence Essential
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.
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