Specialist – NCEA Technical Lead - 27871

East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, National
Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
£37,462 pro rata
This is an exciting opportunity to play a central role in the delivery of our environmental monitoring programme. Monitoring is at the heart of Environment Agency decision making, providing an operational basis for science-based decisions and Monitoring Programme & Technical Services (MPTS) is in the centre of this monitoring community.

Natural Capital Ecosystems Assessment (NCEA) is an expansive and longsighted set of monitoring programmes to assess the state of our environment. This specialist role in MPTS will help make the NCEA network designs an operational reality.

The successful candidate will:

*have a passion for monitoring the natural environment;
*have good interpersonal, team working and communication skills;
*have an eye for detail and the ability to produce accurate work;
*have good numeracy skills;
*have good organisational and planning skills and the ability to work to deadlines under pressure;
*be supported in using their own initiative.

This role focusses on operational delivery, taking the NCEA monitoring network designs and turning them into an integrated, efficient and deliverable programme.

Examples of day-to-day duties are:

*working with the our Work Package lead to provide technical subject matter expertise to the NCEA programme and delivery teams;
*working with national and Area colleagues to investigate and implement novel monitoring and assessment techniques, providing associated training where required;
*creating, optimising and managing the site-by-site detail for the various monitoring networks;
*ensuring delivery of these networks.

The successful applicant will need the flexibility to cover other aspect of work within MPTS’s remit as required.

This role is not field-based, but you will be supported to get out with field delivery teams as much as possible.
You’ll be joining the friendly Monitoring Programme and Technical Services team. We are a dispersed team with a strong team identity. We support the delivery of the full range of monitoring programmes and activities, covering; habitat, fish and plant surveys, invertebrates and water quality in all water categories (rivers, lakes, estuaries, coasts and groundwater).
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in how we bring about positive environmental change by carrying out the appropriate monitoring.
The successful candidate would:
*provide expert technical leadership to Area monitoring teams through training, guidance, optimisation and assurance of delivery.
*have good influencing skills to ensure the right people are carrying out the right activities in the right way.
*build and maintain strong relationships, problem solve and deliver through others to ensure that monitoring and assessment requirements are completed efficiently and on time.
*have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be comfortable engaging with staff at all levels and be adaptable to take on new work areas.
*have good data management skills to be able to maintain datasets essential to the management of our monitoring programmes.
*work both independently and collaboratively to solve problems with delivery.
*be adaptable and able to respond to short term changes in priority.
The post is office based with flexible working and location. Some travel will be required (to attend meetings, training, etc). This role is advertised as full-time, but we are open to other working arrangements.

The Environment Agency prides itself on its approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion on all levels of our operations, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

We’d love to inspire you to apply. Please get in touch with: Rob Barron, MPTS team leader on 07795 061668 or rob.barron@environment-agency.gov.uk

Video-interviews are planned for the week commencing 30th October 2023.

The interview will be competency based using some or all the three competencies listed below, plus ‘Communicates effectively’ and ‘Data and information management’ from the Environment Agency’s Capability Dictionary.

15/10/2023, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 31 March 2025
Builds and Sustains Relationships
Description: Develops and maintains effective working relationships

In this post, you could be interacting with any of the individuals, teams or parts of the organisation that are involved with different types of monitoring, analysis and assessment. Some of these people or groups may be familiar to you, and others will be less familiar.

CAPABILITY QUESTION: Please show how have you used your skills to build a new, successful relationship, and how did you keep it strong over time?

Please note: Your answer will be used for interview selection. Please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Your examples can be from within work, or from outside the work environment.
Business of the Environment Agency
Description: Understands the direction, goals and business of the Environment Agency, enhancing and protecting, at all times, the Environment Agency’s work and interests.

All the activities in MPTS are designed to help with the protection or enhancement of the environment.

CAPABILITY QUESTION: Using an example from a programme, project or task that you were responsible for, please show how you worked towards a positive environmental outcome.

Please note: Your answer will be used for interview selection. Please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Your examples can be from within work, or from outside the work environment.
Achieves Results
Description: Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

To deliver NCEA on time and on budget, you will need to be organised and effective. There are many parts to the monitoring delivery chain. All of them will need to be kept on track and some will meet obstacles that could threaten delivery of the programme.

CAPABILITY QUESTION: Please show how a piece of work that you were responsible for met with an issue that could prevent its successful delivery and how you overcame it.

Please note: Your answer will be used for interview selection. Please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Your examples can be from within work, or from outside the work environment.
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.