Natural England Team Leader (Ref: 3663)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 22nd November 2021


Reference number



Pro-rata if Part Time


Senior Executive Officer
Team Leader

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Both permanent and fixed term roles available, fixed term roles run for a period of up to 31 March 2022 with possibility of extension

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



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

About the job


This position is based National

Job description

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.

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

See more about the work of Natural England at

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 number of Team Leader roles available across the organisation. Area Team roles will be based in the team’s geographical area. Some National Team roles have ‘hubs’ or you may be asked to manage a geographically dispersed team. You can view a map of our office locations here:

Job description

Team Leaders provide leadership and support for their team including:

• Leading a team of people and supporting them in their delivery and personal development.
• Ensure health and safety commitments are met, including proactively supporting wellbeing and mental health of the team and leading by example.
• Leading and managing change in the team in line with, and contributing to, the development of Natural England, and in response to impacts from external factors e.g. the Covid-19 pandemic
• Inspire, motivate, and develop the staff through an appropriate mix of leadership, guidance, support, coaching, line and functional management.
• Managing staff performance and the quality of their delivery to ensure targets are met.
• Managing staff corporate compliance and ensuring all required returns (e.g. expenses statements) are completed to deadline
• Working with other Team Leaders to enable effective use resource as workloads fluctuate or priorities change.
• Providing a point of contact for staff to take forward new ideas and holding regular team briefing sessions or meetings as appropriate to engage with staff about wider team and corporate news.
• Proactively dealing with complex and contentious issues relating to people and delivery of project outcomes.
• Acting as a role model for Natural England’s ways of working and leading by example in complying with Natural England’s procedures

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. Please ensure you read the Candidate?Information?Pack?before you begin completing the application form.

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

Next steps

If we receive a significant number of applications we may choose to sift applications on the first two competencies only.

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

This is a large recruitment campaign therefore timelines may be longer than usually expected. Candidates invited to interview will be notified by email before the end of November.


Competence 1 - Professional competency
Detail: Leading and Managing People
• Develop an inclusive and trusting team environment that positively safeguards team members’ physical and mental wellbeing (expert)
• Set clear plans and expectations for your team, explain reasons behind decisions, be clear on the outcomes to be achieved, and make things happen by sharing and delegating work to the right people (practitioner)

Competence 2 - Professional competency
Detail: Personal Effectiveness
• Act with integrity, addressing challenging issues and managing conflict through being open and objective (practitioner)
• Be ambitious, identify and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and Natural England and inspire others to act (practitioner)

Competence 3 - Professional competency
Detail: Work Delivery
• 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)


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

Things you need to know


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

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