Project Officer - Land Management Project - Devon and Cornwall - 28649

2
South West
Bodmin , Exeter , Launceston
Sir John Moore House, Pennygillam Depot, Manley House
Staff Grade 4
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time
Operational Delivery
£31,429 pro rata
A fantastic opportunity has arisen covering Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly working on the ground to be part of the Land Management Project.

We are looking for two Officers to work with landowners and managers to provide solutions to pollution and flooding caused by inappropriate land management practices.

You will work across Devon and Cornwall on a programme of catchments and river systems targeted by Agency and partner evidence. You will be responsible for customer relations, reporting and regulation where required.

You will ensure that environmental improvements are delivered through effective and innovative interventions, applying your experience of agricultural land management and suitable regulatory approaches.

You will work closely with land managers, a wide range of stakeholders and internal teams to address problems.

The successful candidate would need to have a keen interest and some understanding of the technical aspects of good soil management and how this can impact flood risk and water pollution.
As a member of the Devon Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Environment Programme Team you will join a dynamic group which includes an Environment Programme Manager, Project Managers and Catchment Coordinators. We are a friendly, enthusiastic and supportive team with a good reputation for working across functions and organisations to make a positive difference to people and the environment. The Land Management Project is run by the team.
Experience/skills required
You will have :
• an excellent understanding and experience of agriculture.
• an environmental or agricultural qualification and/or practical experience
• an ability to develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers
• experience of working under own initiative and as part of a team to make decisions and achieve planned outcomes
• good organisational and IT skills

You will be able to talk to landowners with a good understanding of the challenges currently being experienced in the agriculture industry.

Preferred but not essential (full training will be given)
Experience of undertaking enforcement activities
An understanding of soils and how agricultural practices can cause damage and suitable soil improvement techniques.
An understanding of the Farming Rules for Water and the Environment Agency's Enforcement and Sanctions Policy.
You will need a valid driving licence as regular travel to site and partner offices is required. Occasionally you may be required to attend evening meetings with partners. You will be expected to have an incident role for which full training will be given.
This opportunity is offered as a fixed term 2 year contract or as an assignment for internal candidates (for which you must have your line managers permission and be able to take up the post within 6 weeks).

For further details please contact by email: james.wimpress@environment-agency.gov.uk

Selection for interview is based on competency answers only, ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your responses. No CV is required. Interviews will be held in early April.

03/03/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 2 years
Communicates Effectively
Can you describe your approach to communicating technical information to landowners ? Give examples please.
Influences and Persuades Others
Please describe an example where you have been successful in persuading and gaining agreement in difficult circumstances.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please describe your approach to dealing with agricultural issues on site.
Driving Licence
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.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.