Marine Technical Specialist - 28648

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National
All
All
Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Science
£39,635 pro rata
We’re committed to having an inclusive workforce so we welcome applications from everyone. It is a largely desk-based role.

You’ll be part of a technical team building our understanding of the quality and value of our natural assets, how they interact with the wider environment and pressures upon it and to provide information to inform environmental management decisions.
Your work will have Natural Capital at its heart, and you’ll work collaboratively:
• to provide statistical quality assurance, analysis and interpretation of data and creation of tools and case studies
• to co-author national technical reports and briefing material and drive the work forward
• with other technical specialists to design national ecological monitoring programmes and
to new monitoring programmes
• to lead technical discussions and provide presentations to internal and external audiences
• and effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and encourage others to consider diversity issues in their work

We have a G5 post (fixed term to end of March 2025). The key work areas are:
• Priority coastal Habitats – Develop a coastal habitat/species (e.g. saltmarsh and seagrass) Natural Capital assessment framework using existing datasets.
• Provide quantitative approaches to help assist in environmental policy decision making.
• Report writing and presenting to varied audiences.

With a broad technical knowledge of marine ecology, you’ll provide a high-quality service to Area and National level teams and work collaboratively across Defra.
Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You’ll have the option to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training will be available to support you with your incident role should you choose to have one.
You will work in the Coastal and Estuarine Assessment (CEA) Team, within National Monitoring. CEA provides a complete design, advice and assessment technical service supporting coastal and estuarine ecological protection and improvement. The team provides operational, scientific, and technical support to local and national teams, and to external partners. Including providing information on what data tells us about the inshore environment, advice on marine ecological impacts and mitigation needs for marine large infrastructure projects.
You will have

• a broad knowledge of marine ecology with the ability to lead on several aspects of inshore monitoring and assessment.
• a good understanding of programming (e.g. R) and statistics.
• technical report writing
• knowledge of fish, benthic, seagrass and saltmarsh survey techniques are desirable.
• understanding of the natural capital approach
• understanding of the role of the Agency in marine environmental management.

The ability to communicate, influence and work collaboratively within a dispersed team is essential. You will lead technical discussions and provide presentations to internal and external audiences.
Ideally, you will have experience in the following:
• Understanding of ecological statistical modelling, e.g. General Additive Mixed Models
• Estuarine and coastal ecological monitoring and assessment
• GIS analysis
• Data management
• completing work to time and with a clear customer focus
• work effectively with people from different backgrounds and culture
For information about working for us and how to apply please read the Candidate Pack.

For any queries contact Samantha.simpson@environment-agency.gov.uk

Applications will be ‘blind’ assessed using your answers to the competency questions. Interviews will be held during using MS Teams. In addition to the competency questions, you will be interviewed on your scientific knowledge/data management.

We’ll hold your application on a reserve list for 6 months, and you may be offered an alternative post.

Everyone that joins us is required to undertake training and participate in incident response duties when the need to respond arises Having an incident role is an essential part of working for the Environment Agency and an active way to support communities and prevent harm to the environment.

05/03/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Fixed term to 31 March 2025
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

Please could you describe a time when you had to adapt your communication style to convey a technical message to a non-technical audience?

Please provide evidence of you having met this competency, with particular consideration of the nature of this role and the requirements of the post. Use real life examples to evidence your answer. Please use an estuarine and coastal example for at least one of the competency responses.
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

Please describe a time when you have improved an analytical process, what steps did you go through to make the improvement?

Please provide evidence of you having met this competency, with particular consideration of the nature of this role and the requirements of the post. Use real life examples to evidence your answer. Please use an estuarine and coastal example for at least one of the competency responses.
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Please describe an example of a project that involved analysing data, what steps did you take to ensure robust results and what were the most important considerations for managing these data?

Please provide evidence of you having met this competency, with particular consideration of the nature of this role and the requirements of the post. Use real life examples to evidence your answer. Please use an estuarine and coastal example for at least one of the competency responses.
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.