U.K. nationals: Water Resources Planner

Environment Agency

Penrith, UK 🇬🇧

Preston, UK 🇬🇧

Job description  We’re looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person with excellent planning, communication and data handling skills who is passionate about managing Water Resources within Cumbria and Lancashire. Working closely with both National and Area colleagues, you’ll help provide direction, lead on technical water resources, lead on sustainable abstraction work including changing licences to improve and protect the environment, support the delivery and management of projects and work including water resource management plans, investment programmes and drought plans. You will also support in the management of risks and help make the most of opportunities for the environment.

Work will include but not be limited to the following:
• Supporting other teams and team members on complex Water Resources technical issues;
• Working with Water Companies, Consultants and abstractor sector
• Leading on technical water resources tasks including permitting, dry weather incident management and strategic planning activities;
• Using data and innovative ways of presenting it to help steer delivery;
• Building and maintaining relationships with others to help achieve the best outcomes.The team  The Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) team is predominantly a water planning team with specialists in water quality and water resources, that use data and evidence to plan and prioritise the delivery of environmental outcomes. We achieve our outcomes by working with others, bringing people together to ensure we are focusing on the right activities to drive major investment from others. You’ll participate in a wider national community of diverse professionals working in water resources management.Experience/skills required  You will have proven ability / expert knowledge that incorporates at least some of the following:
• An environmental degree and/or experience in water resources work;
• Strong communication, influencing and networking skills;
• Good organisational skills, ability to plan, track, deliver, evaluate work.
• Experience of translating guidance and instructions into local delivery;
• Experience of using evidence to explore problems and propose effective and innovative solutions;
• Ability to bring people together, inspire collaboration and information sharing;
• Ability to demonstrate how you take decisions/ solve problems;
• Ability to coach/mentor others to improve resilience within the environment planning community.

It will be advantageous to have an understanding of the concept and context of Drought Plan Management and Water Resources at Local/Regional scale as well as having additional skills in a related technical discipline such as WR modelling, hydrology, licencing, supply/ demand forecasting, hydro-ecology and fisheries.Contact and additional information  Please see the candidate pack for more information or contact Rachael Hesketh on [email protected] 07833647569

We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We aspire to be the best employer in the country for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and want all our staff to feel valued and respected and to see this as a great place to work. From our EDI executive champions to our EDI employee networks, everyone has a part to play to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in our organisation. Diversity: it’s in our nature.
The Environment Agency values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community who wish to join a workforce which embraces difference and welcomes everyone.

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Closing Date: 01/08/2021, 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 give an example (ideally water resources) of when you have had to analyse, interpret and present data in a usable format to help drive the delivery of an outcome or outcomes

Competence 2: Achieves Results


Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

Giving a specific example, describe how you have delivered a successful piece of work (ideally Water Resources) in the face of considerable challenges or obstacles

.Competence 3: Influences and Persuades Others


Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

Can you describe a time when you have successfully influenced key players to deliver to agreed deadlines and in the face of challenge.

Competence 4:  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.

Tell us about how you have taken information from a variety of sources in order to solve a difficult technical problem successfullyIf 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.