Mis-description of Waste Officer - 9618

North East
Darlington , Newcastle
Tyneside House, Teesdale House
Staff Grade 4
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
Are you passionate about your environment and making it better for communities and wildlife for generations to come…. We are!

We are the Environment Agency, a non-departmental public body, established in 1995 and sponsored by the United Kingdom government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), with responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment in England.
We protect and improve the environment. We look after land quality, promote sustainable land management and help protect and enhance wildlife habitats. We also work closely with businesses to help them comply with environmental regulations.

The deliberate mis-description of waste has been highlighted as a serious issue across the country. It diverts waste away from legitimate waste management and has great potential to damage and pollute the environment.
In one of our frontline Waste and Enforcement teams here in North East, you’ll help create a cleaner, safer and healthier environment. You’ll play an important role tackling environmental crime by identifying, preventing and disrupting waste crime, focusing your attention on mis-description of waste.
Sometimes we have to take tough action. You may be required to give evidence in a court of law.
The job is extremely varied and at times challenging.
You’ll have some experience of regulation or enforcement. Ideally you'll have an understanding of the waste industry and the reasons and motivations around waste crime and the mis-description of waste. A knowledge of the Duty of Care Code of Practice and Hazardous waste regulations would also be a great start.
You’ll be comfortable reviewing technical and scientific data and potentially laboratory reports to evidence if offences have occurred. A confident communicator, you may be required to present the findings to a Court.
Whatever your background, you’ll be interested in the environment and using environmental regulation and enforcement to make a real difference, even if this sometimes means dealing with confrontation.

What’s important is you demonstrate the right behaviours to join our team. We have a work culture we are extremely proud of and therefore it is important to have the right people to join us.
Closing Date: 31st January 2019 at 23:55

For additional information about the role please contact NE-Waste@environment-agency.gov.uk

31/01/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Communicates Effectively
Describe how you have used a range of communication methods to present your views in a convincing way. Tell us about the audiences, what the messages were, how you communicated the messages and what you took into consideration to ensure each message landed well. How did you alter your communication style to suit each audience?

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You may find researching the STAR technique useful when answering this question.
Influences and Persuades Others
Describe a time that you persuaded someone to do something that they didn’t initially want to do. Describe the process you went through and how you sought to understand the other person’s point of view. Please note your answer will be used for shortlisting purposes.

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Deals with Hostile Situations
Describe a time that you dealt with a hostile or potentially hostile situation. Describe the process you went through and what you considered given the circumstances. Please note your answer will be used for shortlisting purposes.

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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.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.