Environmental Crime Officer - 8368

East Midlands, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Blandford Forum , Bodmin , Bridgwater , Exeter , Leeds , Nottingham , Solihull , Warrington
Trentside Offices, Sir John Moore House, Manley House, Richard Fairclough House, Rivers House Bridgwater, Blandford Depot, Lateral
Staff Grade 4
Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
£27,138 (pro-rata)
We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment. Our work helps to ensure people can enjoy the water environment through angling and navigation. 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.

You will undertake specialist enforcement activity following a risk based and intelligence led approach targeting illegal activities posing the greatest risk to the environment, human health and the regulatory regime. You will be responsible for a variety of activities ranging from the provision of advice and guidance over small scale waste operations to prosecution of complex offences involving organised criminal networks.

During an investigation you will be required to formulate investigation plans, gather evidence in line with legislative requirements, take witness statements, conduct suspect interviews and produce case files, ultimately appearing in court to give evidence in a criminal trial.

The Environment Agency deal with complex legislation that allows for a variety of enforcement options. You will be required to respond to reports of environmental crime where you will likely meet some confrontational people, requiring you to adapt your communication style to the situation.
You will be based in one of our offices in an Area Enforcement Team. The team ensures enforcement activity is taken consistently, efficiently and in accordance with EA procedures and crime priorities. Focussing on illegal waste activity, the team leads on the most serious and complex cases and works closely with other area Enforcement Teams on significant cross-border investigations. The role provides an exciting opportunity to work in targeting a rapidly developing area of crime.
You will likely have some experience in an investigatory or regulatory role, involving evidence collection, case file production and presenting evidence at court. You will understand how to handle evidence, sensitive data and intelligence under the Government Security Classification scheme.

You’ll have an understanding of the legislation applicable to environmental regulation and a knowledge of working under Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act 1996.

No matter what your background is you will have a proven track record of managing an extensive and complex workload, achieving results working alone and with others including partner organisations. You must also demonstrate you can proactively manage the health, safety and wellbeing of yourself and others.

Although relevant work experience may be an advantage, your ability to demonstrate the key transferable skills and personal qualities are just as important to us.
Please download the attached candidate pack for more information. For further information please contact FCRMRecruitment@environment-agency.gov.uk The role may require participation in standby and call out rosters. It also requires regular site visits, so a full UK driving licence is necessary. We’re committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve and welcome applications from people from all walks of life. Applications close on 24th June 2018 at 23:55 hours. Interviews will be held week commencing 23rd July Internal job title: Environment Crime Officer
Basic Check
Achieves Results
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Please describe a time that you have had to deliver a challenging piece of work. Describe the process you went through and how you overcame challenge or adversity;
What was the piece of work?
What was your approach?
What was the result?

You may find researching the STAR technique useful when answering this question.
Illegal Activity Detection and Enforcement
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Please provide an example of where you have used intelligence to drive an investigation into offending.

Please describe how you used the information to make an informed decision and what impact this had on the overall outcome?
What was the information / intelligence?
How did you use this to plan your investigation?
What was the result?

You may find researching the STAR technique useful when answering this question.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
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Environment Agency teams work in partnership with internal and external customers to provide rapid and effective responses to achieve environmental outcomes.

Please describe when you have engaged with external customers and partners to overcome a complex matter
What was the subject matter?
What was your approach?
What was the outcome?

You may find researching the STAR technique useful when answering this question.
UK Driving License must be held
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.