Fisheries Technical Specialist - 12676

South West, West Midlands
Kidderminster , Shrewsbury , Tewkesbury , Fradley
Riversmeet House, Hafren House, Mance House, Sentinel House
Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time, Other
Environment & Sustainability
£34,879 Pro-rata
Make a real difference in a fulfilling technical leadership role! Join us to influence and inspire colleagues, partners and customers to protect and restore the environment for people and wildlife in the West Midlands. We need you to build rapport and influence our major stakeholders strategically (water companies, nationally significant infrastructure projects, in-house capital project programmes, local authorities, land owners and developers). Your advice and expert technical contribution to planning, permitting, partnering and project delivery and enforcement of environmental and fisheries legislation will achieve and maintain good ecological status in water bodies and sustainable fish populations, including eel and salmon.
You will help set our priorities and interpret complex technical principles, procedures, policy and byelaws to develop best practice and consistency with your national and cross-functional network in order to achieve multiple objectives.
You will also support the management of our team, maintain your expertise and develop colleagues’ technical competency, through coaching and personal development planning. We participate in major incident response and engage with business, partners and angling customers to promote and support the socio/economic benefits of fishing.
We’re a friendly, experienced and passionate team based across the West Midlands who integrate fisheries, biodiversity and geomorphology expertise, support access to sustainable angling opportunities and influence colleagues, partners and customers to protect and restore natural river catchments for wildlife and people. We also work closely with colleagues across our businesses in Environment & Business and Flood & Coastal Risk Management to protect and restore the environment and manage the impact of major incidents.
The ideal candidate will show excellent leadership skills, the ability to inspire, motivate and coach people and great networking, influencing and communication skills.
They should;
• have a broad knowledge of the impacts and opportunities of disciplines we influence, including regulation, engineering, project management, town and country planning and agriculture
• demonstrate expertise in river, lake and fish ecology, habitat and river dynamics and river restoration.
• understand environmental legislation and policy, with experience regulating and enforcing these and presenting evidence as an expert witness
• be an excellent communicator, influencer, coach and adviser, team worker, technical lead to support and develop our team capability
• demonstrate commitment to a strong health, safety and wellbeing culture
• hold credentials and significant experience to support your influence and credibility, such as relevant first degree in a fish ecology or other relevant discipline, higher degrees and membership of relevant professional institutes.
The right to work in the UK and ability to drive, cross uneven terrain and swim are essential. The work involves travel to remote sites in or near water, to other offices to collaborate via meetings and teleconference.
You will be expected to support the EA’s response to environmental and flood incidents.
We support continuing professional development and are diverse, inclusive, with equal opportunities and proud to be a Stonewall top 100 employer.
This post can be based in any of our West Midlands offices however frequent travel to colleagues in other offices will be necessary. This is a full time post, however other flexible working patterns will be considered. Interviews likely to commence 4 October 2019.
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25/09/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
6 months
Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge (various disciplines, depending on team role) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.
Delivers Results Through Others
Harnesses the team to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.
Develops People
Makes sure team members have the skills, knowledge and experience to successfully carry out their current role and to develop into future roles
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.
Capital Works
Effectively advises on Environment Agency capital and revenue works to ensure protection of conservation interests, minimisation of potential impacts and enhancement of the environment.
Legislative Knowledge
Applies a knowledge of statutory environmental and technical requirements to protect both the Environment Agency and the 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.

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