Senior Environment Monitoring Officer - 23475

South East
Chichester , Romsey , Worthing
Chichester Office, Romsey Office, Guildbourne House
Staff Grade 5
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Environment & Sustainability
Working to improve transitional and coastal water quality and marine ecology for people and wildlife you will be providing support, expert opinion and advice to Environment Management and other teams on scientific and technical issues and provide focus and support on relevant marine technical matters.
You will drive environmental change by monitoring, assessing, and reporting. You will carry out marine data analysis and interpretation and preparation of reports from information and field investigations and provide accurate and timely support for operational decisions and environmental regulation.
You will shape the marine waters monitoring programme for both chemistry and ecology, to provide evidence to protect and improve transitional and coastal waters. You will conduct and report specialist monitoring and investigations as well as contributing across the range of the team’s activities.
You will be an effective team worker with an appropriate degree and, ideally, marine experience in water quality, ecology, or environmental investigations. Data interpretation will be a significant part of the job so experience of a wide range of software tools, including some knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) is preferred. A high level of written and verbal communication skills are required to deliver technical marine evidence and data.
The Analysis and Reporting (Marine) team provide a vital service, collecting, analysing, and interpreting biological and water quality data, using evidence to support our responsibilities and ambition to create a better place. Working with colleagues in Kent and South London, we investigate and provide technical assistance for Bathing Waters & Water Framework Directive (including Shellfish) protected areas. We also deliver a dynamic summer survey programme assessing saltmarsh, seagrass and macroalgae across the Southeast of England.
The skills and experience needed for this role are:

• Experience of interpreting and reporting on environmental data and monitoring activities.
• Practical experience of delivering programmes that enhance marine environments.
• In depth knowledge of monitoring marine ecology.
• Using data and evidence to influence and effect change for positive environmental outcomes.
• Ability to constructively critique technical documents and reports,
• Understand and provide guidance on marine technical work areas to explain and mentor others.
• Able to work collaboratively with other teams throughout the organisation and externally with stakeholders.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to deliver technical information and data to others.
• Experience of a wide range of software tools, including (Geographic Information System) GIS, is preferred.
• A degree or equivalent in marine ecology / ecology or similar.
We don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities and our environment.
We support flexible working hours and practices.
We also encourage you to keep developing your skills and professional knowledge throughout your career.

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Interviews will be held remotely by video conference date to be confirmed.

22/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Scientific Knowledge
The role will require an in-depth scientific knowledge (marine water chemistry & ecology) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.

Demonstrate how you have used scientific knowledge and information assessment to inform a stakeholder or partner to enhance their understanding of the environment and inform decisions that direct future work priorities?

• What challenges did you come across?
• What was the outcome?
Data and Information Management
Collecting, analysing and interpreting large sets of data is an integral part of the role. Being able to use, manage and communicate this information is vitally important. This will not only provide critical evidence to the state of the environment but also influence and shape future work programmes.

To what extent have you been involved with collecting, analysing and interpretation of data sets? How have you excelled at interpreting complex information to achieve important outcomes?

• What have you presented to colleagues, peers / stake holders?
• What challenges did you overcome and how, and how did you ensure that decisions were evidence based? Please give examples from your experience.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
The role requires combining and analysing information from data and/or reports and making effective decisions based on good scientific basis. Prioritising and making timely decisions are a necessity.

Give an example of how you have used analysis to identify potential problems?

• How did you find the root cause of any problems and effect a solution?
• What decision/s did you have to make and what was the outcome?
Influences and Persuades Others
Being an effective influencer is an important aspect of this role. This maybe with colleagues / peers, departments, organisations or stakeholders.

Describe a time when you have influenced and persuaded others?

• What skills did you employed to influence and persuade others, encouraging them to deliver to your plans & programmes?
• How did you go about achieving this?
• What did you learn?
• what was the outcome?
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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.

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