Permitting Officer - G4 - 21855

East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Bristol , Nottingham , Sheffield , Warrington
Staff Grade 4
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Environment & Sustainability, Geography
The Environment Agency has exciting opportunities for you to develop your skills!

We’re looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals to join our National Permitting Service’s (NPS) teams. During your time with us you’ll help create a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment. Through training, mentoring, and coaching, you will gain experience and develop your technical skills. You’ll determine complex applications and deliver pre-application advice for environmental permits for a range of process industry sectors.

The role will require you to be able to manage a busy workload assessing a suite of applications at any one time. You’ll pro-actively manage your own workload, seeking support and escalating issues as appropriate, to deliver high quality and risk-based environmental permitting decisions to tight deadlines. To achieve this, you’ll have excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with customers. You must be prepared to have difficult conversations with customers and be able to clearly explain your decisions.

In exchange for your hard work, you’ll have the opportunity to further develop your skills, expertise and career in this fast-paced environment.

Please see what permitting is all about in this video link:
Permitting is the foundation of regulation, and crucial to the economy, people and wildlife. The Waste teams determine applications for sectors including Waste Electricals and Electronic equipment, Clinical Waste, and Metals Waste . This could also include sites of high public interest.

NPS work together nationally in friendly, helpful and supportive teams.
• Technical knowledge of sectors and amenity issues i.e. metals, WEEE, waste treatment, metals, noise, odour, dust, air quality, habitats, or fire prevention plans.
• Knowledge or experience in environmental management and environmental risk assessment. Experience of environmental permitting would be beneficial including: site management, providing pre-application advice, making or assessing applications, regulating against, or reviewing permits.
• Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers. 
• Manage your time and organise your workload 
• experience of training and/or mentoring staff in a variety of styles. 
• Meet team and personal performance targets 
• Make, and justify, sound and timely decisions 
• Work independently, but also within your team sharing your learning 
• computer literate
• passionate about the environment and a willingness to learn about environmental regulation.
The interview will consist of capability based questions and a technical assessment. We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. To achieve this, we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation and religion, and for flexible working patterns.

All roles will be a mixture of homeworking and office based.

For further information, please contact:

Helen Marston, Permitting Team Leader (Waste)

Caroline Wynn, Permitting Team Leader (Waste)

We expect to hold interviews virtually during May 2022 If you are unavailable, please contact us. If you are successful at interview but aren’t appointed to one of the posts, we may come back to you to offer a future position within six months.

15/05/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
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 a time when you have had to co-ordinate information from a variety of sources in order to solve a difficult technical problem?
Coaches Others
Uses variety of methods, including direct instruction, coaching and feedback skills to help others to develop.

Give an example of a time you have effectively coached a colleague describing the methods used and outcome?
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

Can you provide an example of where you have delivered a piece of work to a high standard?
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

Tell us about a time you communicated technical information and ideas, who was the audience, what steps did you take to plan the communication and how did you know this would be effective and accurate?
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 for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.