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Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officers - 7131

South East
Thames Barrier SE18 5NJ
Staff Grade 3
Full Time
Operational Delivery
We’re hiring 3 new officers to work alongside many of the teams that maintain and operate the tidal defences through London, the largest of which is the Thames Barrier - where you’ll be based.

This role is extremely varied and draws upon a diverse range of transferrable skills. Working closely with a wide variety of colleagues, you can expect to be involved in any of the following:

• Coastal flood forecasting and warning
• Asset management
• Supporting surge barrier maintenance projects and contracts
• Assisting with surge barrier operation
• Incident management (training and exercising incident staff)
• Emergency planning

The posts are ideal for graduates who are looking to begin a progressive career in flood risk management. There will be plenty of opportunities to develop your professional and personal skills working alongside a very experienced workforce.

There are also opportunities to get involved with our flood incident response. There are flexible range of roles you can volunteer for and you’ll get all the training and support you need. Some of these roles require staff to be on standby overnight and during weekends for up to a week at a time, attracting further pay and time off in lieu.
The various teams’ responsibilities include tidal forecasting, asset management, emergency planning, regulating of privately owned defences and barrier operation.

We’re committed to managing London’s tidal flood risk 24/7/365 and work alongside the rest of the Environment Agency to advise the government and provide a national service.

Whilst providing support to many different colleagues, the three posts will share the same line manager, who will help manage their workload and ensure their ongoing development.
Applicants will need to hold a degree (or equivalent qualification) ideally in a science, environmental or technology discipline. Whilst experience in the environmental sector is preferable – do not be put off applying if you don’t have this, the key things we’re looking for are transferrable skills and capabilities.

Excellent communication skills are a must as you’ll be working with a diverse range of people. You’ll also need:

• An understanding of river and coastal processes
• Evidence that you can develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers
• To demonstrate you have delivered work by planning, tracking, gathering and maintaining data/information
• To have worked on own initiative and part of a team to make decisions and achieve planned outcomes
• Good IT skills and an ability to use MS Office. GIS skills are preferable, but not essential.
Closing Date: 14th January 2018 at 23:55 hours

This role will be based at the Thames Barrier and therefore attracts inner London weighting (£3,579).

For further details please contact Mark Berry (Forecasting and Response Senior Team Leader) on Tel: 0208 3054137 or by email:

The successful applicant will be subject to security vetting, which requires them to have lived in the UK for at least the last three years.

We are fully committed to having an 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.
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Communicates Effectively
You will be expected to communicate and engage with others effectively through speech and writing.

Tell us about a time where you have had to use your communication skills effectively to convey information and ideas clearly to others:

Who was your audience?
What was the message?
What did you take into consideration to ensure the message landed well?
Data and Information Management
You will be expected to analyse and interpret data well.

Tell us about a time where you had to rely on data to make an informed decision and on how it impacted on the overall delivery of your task.
Works in Teams
You will be required to work as part of a team.

Tell us about how you currently work successfully as a team.

For example, how do you contribute to team effort and how do you interact with others to work effectively as a team?
What were the challenges and outcomes?
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 for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.