Environment Officer A or B - 9363

South East
Farnham , Wallingford
Red Kite House, Goldcrest House
Environment Officer A, Environment Officer B
Full Time, Part Time
Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic Environment Officers to join our Environment Management Land & Water Regulatory Teams in Thames area. These roles may be based at either our Wallingford or Farnham Offices.
As an Environment Officer you'll be an environmental champion. You will be on the frontline, helping us to create a cleaner, safer and healthier environment. Your work will be vital to the protection of the environment and will be varied, challenging and rewarding.
The Land and Water Team deliver our regulatory role in water resources, water quality and agriculture, including working closely with water companies to ensure compliance with permits and influencing them to improve their environmental performance. You will carry out inspections of permitted sites and produce written reports capturing the findings.
Environment Officers influence and persuade businesses, individuals, our partners and stakeholders to do more for the environment.
Land and Water teams also respond to, and investigate, a wide range of environmental pollution incidents, and where necessary take appropriate enforcement action. Some out of hours and weekend work will be required.
The Thames Area is geographically diverse and includes large parts of the River Thames Catchment, from the Cotswolds and Chilterns to the Surrey Hills and the Kennet Valley. Based at either Wallingford or Farnham, you will be part of a busy team, working hard to deliver environmental outcomes through effective regulation.
Through experience to date you will ideally be able to demonstrate the following:
-Competent use of standard IT packages to deliver work
-Evidence of working independently and an ability to manage your own time
-An ability to work under your own initiative to make decisions about priorities and appropriate action on a day to day basis
-That you can take responsibility for addressing your own performance and developmental needs to enhance your skills, personal contribution and career prospects
-Experience of influencing and dealing successfully with difficult people/situations
-Evidence of good communication and customer relations skills, both verbally and in written form
-An ability to develop and maintain good relations with customers and adapt behaviour to different people and situations
-The ability to deal with challenging and sometimes confrontational situations in a professional manner (training and support will be provided)
Closing Date: 21st January 2019 at 23:55 hours
This is a lease car qualified role and a full driving licence is essential.
Standby and on-call work will be required.

As an Environment Officer Level A you will be offered structured induction, training and development that supports progression to a higher graded role (Environment Officer Level B starting salary currently £27,138) within 18-24 months.

We welcome applications from experienced Environment Officers already working at Level B, as well as those starting out in their career.

For further information please call Rachel Brown on 0203 025 9525 or Lucy Bee on 0203 025 9700.

21/01/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing. As an environment officer you will be required to communicate with a varied audience including colleagues, partners, permit holders and members of the public. Please tell us about a time when you have communicated effectively to achieve a desired outcome.
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. Your role as an environment officer will involve getting the best outcome for the environment in a variety of situations, often by influencing and persuading people. Please tell us about a time where you demonstrated this capability in a difficult situation to get a positive outcome
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. Your role as an environment officer will be busy and varied. You may need to make decisions to prioritise your own workload on a daily basis. During incident response work you will call on your training and the information available to you to solve problems in the field. Please tell us about a time where you have demonstrated this capability
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.

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.