Natural England Senior Adviser (Ref: 3687)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 15th November 2021

 

Reference number

155862

Salary

£32,438

Grade

Senior Executive Officer
Senior Adviser

Contract type

Permanent
Fixed Term

Length of employment

Fixed term for a period of up to end March 2022 with possibility of extension.

Type of role

Analytical
Business Management and Improvement
Corporate Finance
Environment and Sustainability
Geography
Governance
Knowledge and Information Management
Operational Delivery
Planning
Policy
Project Delivery
Science
Statistics
Strategy

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

10

Location

East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job

Summary

These positions are based Nationally

Job description

The team

Everything’s better with nature. You included.
At Natural England, we love what we do. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. A healthy natural environment is fundamental to our wellbeing, prosperity and happiness – that’s why we collaborate with scientists, lawyers, project managers and experts to implement environmental policy and shape decisions.

As the Government’s statutory advisor for the natural environment, we work with a wide range of partners, and customers on a huge range of projects, from influencing construction and development, advising farmers and landowners how they can manage their land in a sustainable way, monitoring and protecting habitats on land and at sea, improving ways to connect people with nature and establishing nature recovery networks. Across the country, we’re helping nature to support people and our planet.

See more about the work of Natural England at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

Natural England staff are inclusive, motivated and ambitious to achieve results for our environment, for everyone. We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Wherever possible Natural England accommodates requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their health and wellbeing.

From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. Where appropriate there will be offers of training under our apprenticeship schemes.

We have a wide variety of roles on offer. We are looking for people who have a combination of technical skills and behaviours and are specialists in their fields.

These are leading roles in which you’ll work with partners to progress sustainable development and nature recovery in England and contribute at a senior level to the running of the organisation. You’ll make sure nature gets the best deal possible by leading reform and business improvement of planning and licensing work, including delivering biodiversity net gain or work with Nature Recovery Partnerships. And you’ll develop ambitious partnership plans for places with nature at their heart. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use your previous experience to bring people and nature together.

A driving licence is highly desirable as many roles will require travel for site visits or partnership meetings that may not be accessible by public transport.

We are looking for people who can demonstrate their skills and experience in relation to at least one of the work areas identified in the Technical Skills and Knowledge section below:

In addition candidates should demonstrate one or more of the specific skills below:

• Ecological knowledge of one or more habitats or species groups (please specify) on land and/ or at sea. Experience in field survey, including species identification and data analysis and interpretation. Providing data and evidence to colleagues and stakeholders.

• Working with farmers and landowners to advise on how they manage their land in a sustainable way for the benefit of the natural environment, developing agri-environment policy and guidance.

• Working on high-profile and/ or contentious planning cases, implementing Net Gain and ensuring the best outcome for nature in development.

• England’s wider biodiversity commitments including knowledge of relevant European Directives, associated UK/England Regulations, including the legislation relating to protected species and Sites of Special Scientific Interest

• Experience in connecting people with nature, advising policymakers and stakeholders on the positive effects access to nature can have on health and wellbeing for all communities. Knowledge of how to engage people and partnerships to foster nature recovery and instil sustainability

• Experience of gathering and analysing business intelligence, improving delivery across an organisation, leading on projects to provide delivery reports to Senior Leaders to enable decision-making

Some roles on offer can only be done from specific offices. This includes Area Team roles where you would be expected to be based in the team’s geographic area. Some National Team roles can be done from any NE office while some National Teams have ‘hubs’ where you would be expected to join the rest of the team in a specific office including at Worcester and Crewe offices.

You can view a map of our office locations here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/natural-england-office-locations

Please specify your location preferences in the appropriate field on the application form.

How to apply

We'll assess you against the competencies below during the selection process. When completing the application form you should present relevant examples using the STAR format. STAR stands for:

• Situation
• Task
• Action
• Result

Examples should be given in no more than 250 words for each competency. There is no requirement to use the STAR format in your response to the ‘Technical Skills and Knowledge’ competency. Please ensure you read the Candidate Information Pack before you begin your application.

Next steps

If we receive a significant number of applications we may choose to sift applications on the first two competencies of Technical Skills and Knowledge and Personal Effectiveness.

If you are invited to interview you will be asked to give examples for all four competencies.

As this is a large recruitment campaign, timescales may be longer than usually expected, candidates being invited to interview will be contacted by email before end of December 2021.

Successful candidates will be allocated roles in merit order based on scores achieved at interview and in accordance with location preferences, taking into account the work area successful candidates are most suited to wherever possible

Competencies

Competence 1
Professional competency

Detail
Technical skills and knowledge (STAR format not required for this competency)

Description

• A degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline or extensive experience of working in the environmental or other relevant sector

• Knowledge of and experience in applying relevant legislative frameworks and drivers in a relevant sector and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders

• Experience of providing specialist advice to colleagues, customer and stakeholders including policymakers.

• Experience of coaching and mentoring staff.
• Significant experience of, and ability in, applying effective communication skills (verbal and written) in conveying complex and/or difficult messages to a variety of different audiences

• Experience of working in a fast-paced environment delivering work within deadlines and leading on projects to provide delivery reports to enable decision-making.

In addition candidates should demonstrate one or more of the specific skills below:

• Ecological knowledge of one or more habitats or species groups (please specify) on land and/ or at sea. Experience in field survey, including species identification and data analysis and interpretation. Providing data and evidence to colleagues and stakeholders.

• Working with farmers and landowners to advise on how they manage their land in a sustainable way for the benefit of the natural environment, developing agri-environment policy and guidance.

• Working on high-profile and/ or contentious planning cases, implementing Net Gain and ensuring the best outcome for nature in development.

• England’s wider biodiversity commitments including knowledge of relevant European Directives, associated UK/England Regulations, including the legislation relating to protected species and Sites of Special Scientific Interest

• Experience in connecting people with nature, advising policymakers and stakeholders on the positive effects access to nature can have on health and wellbeing for all communities. Knowledge of how to engage people and partnerships to foster nature recovery and instil sustainability

• Experience of gathering and analysing business intelligence, improving delivery across an organisation, leading on projects to provide delivery reports to Senior Leaders to enable decision-making

Competence 2
Professional competency

Detail
Personal effectiveness

Description

• Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence (expert)

• Be ambitious, identify and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and throughout the organisation and inspire others to act (practitioner)

Competence 3
Professional competency

Detail
Work Delivery

Description

• Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines (expert)

• Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures (practitioner)

Competence 4
Professional competency

Detail
Putting People at the Heart of the Environment

Description

• Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver the vision, mission and aims of the organisation you are representing (practitioner)

• Understand and explain the outcomes that are sought in your work and how these fit in with local and national issues (practitioner)

Responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Please refer to Job Description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  vacancies@naturalengland.org.uk
Email :  vacancies@naturalengland.org.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  defra-recruitment-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

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