Natural England Adviser (Ref: 4060)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 23rd May 2022



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Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

For a period of up to 12 months for Fixed term

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



East Midlands (region), East of England (region), London (region), North East (region), North West (region), South East (region), South West (region), West Midlands (region), Yorkshire and the Humber (region)


These positions are based Nationally

Job description

The team

Everything’s better with nature. You included.

We are the Government’s statutory advisor for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. This describes an ambitious vision, bringing new opportunities to protect and enhance, and to achieve real outcomes for the environment.

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.

We work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and customers on a huge range of projects, from influencing construction, advising farmers and landowners how they can manage their land in a sustainable way for the benefit of the environment, gathering and analysing environmental data, and carrying out vital statutory duties. Across the country, we’re helping nature to support people and our planet.

We are focusing our efforts on six key programmes:-

Greener Farming and Fisheries – supporting those who manage land and sea to operate in harmony with the environment

Sustainable Development – creating great places for people to live and work

Connecting People with Nature - promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors

Resilient Landscapes and Seas – protecting and restoring wildlife and natural beauty for future generations

Specialist Science and Evidence - an evidence-led organisation that is driven by science

Managing the Organisation – gathering business data to enable decision making

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.
See more about the work of Natural England at:
National team roles can be carried out from any NE office. You can view a map of our office locations here:

We have a wide variety of roles on offer. Here are some examples of the main types of role we have available:

•*Working with teams who advise farmers on how to reduce pollution from their farms and increase their biodiversity
•*Providing advice through the planning system to ensure habitats are protected and consider environmental opportunities of development activity
•*Working in teams providing advice to landowners and the fishing industry on how to manage and improve the quality of protected habitats on land and at sea
•*Providing advice through our wildlife licensing system to ensure valuable species are protected
•*Working in our enquiries team as the first contact for public and partner seeking advice
•*Working across Natural England to gather and analyse environmental and/ or business intelligence to support decision-making and governance.
•*Some roles are permanent and some are available as a fixed-term appointment.

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:

Technical Skills and Knowledge

•*Relevant experience
•*Knowledge of Natural England’s role
•*Experience and evidence of providing advice to customers and stakeholders
•*Knowledge and experience of working within policy guidelines
•*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 contributing to team targets

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

Next Steps

If we receive a significant number of applications we may choose to sift applications on the first two competencies of Personal Effectiveness and Work Delivery only.

If you are successful in being invited to interview you will be asked to give examples for all three 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 May 2022.

Successful candidates who pass interview 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.

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:


Examples should be given in no more than 250 words for each competency. Please ensure you read the Candidate Information Pack before you begin completing the application form.


Competence 1
Professional competency

Personal Effectiveness


• Be ambitious, identify and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and your organisation and inspire others to act (practitioner)
• Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence (Practitioner)
Competence 2
Professional competency

Work Delivery


• Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines (practitioner)
• Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures (basic)

Competence 3
Professional competency

Putting People at the Heart of the Environment


• Listen to and understand diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and the organisation you are representing (practitioner)


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


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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