Local Nature Recovery Senior Advisers (Ref: 3807)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 4th January 2022


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Senior Executive Officer
Senior Adviser

Contract type


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern


Number of posts



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

About the job


These positions can be based in:

Ashford (Kent) , Cambridge , Eastleigh , Exeter , Kendal , Leeds , Lincoln , London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne , Norwich , Nottingham , Penrith , Peterborough , Reading , Telford , Truro , Wallingford , Worcester , Worthing or York

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, projects 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.

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.

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

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) are an exciting stepchange in approach to nature recovery in England. A flagship measure in the Environment Act, they will establish a new framework to plan for nature, laying the foundations of the nationwide Nature Recovery Network (NRN) – a major commitment of the 25 Year Environment Plan (25 YEP). LNRSs are defined as: “A system of locally led, evidence based, collaboratively produced strategies that cover the whole of England, with each one mapping existing areas of value for nature, establishing priorities for nature’s recovery and mapping locations where action for nature, or use of nature-based solutions would be particularly beneficial”.

Natural England has a critical part to play in planning and delivering this landmark initiative. We are looking for Senior Advisers to work in our Area Teams to play a leading role in introducing LNRSs, build strong partnerships, and contribute directly to LNRS production. As a Local Nature Recovery Senior Adviser, you will:

• Encourage close collaboration – working with statutory agencies, protected landscapes, planning authorities, environmental NGOs, and other local partners – to drive action for nature recovery;

• Contribute directly to the production of LNRSs, drawing on your knowledge and Natural England colleagues’ knowledge of nature and the natural environment;

• Benefit from an extensive learning and development programme, through which you will build your leadership and collaboration skills and a broad-ranging technical expertise;

• Work with local partners to identify and develop their capacity and skills, and create LNRS networks to foster sharing of ideas and information and establish connectivity across different LNRS areas;

• Engage in a variety of key policy areas and delivery mechanisms related to LNRS, such as Biodiversity Net Gain, Environmental Land Management, and Green Infrastructure, bringing these policies into LNRS development and decision making;

• Shape strategic approaches that enable a wide range of people to connect with nature.

We need passionate candidates who enjoy collaborating with others, who share our desire to see more, bigger, better, connected nature-rich places throughout England, and who want to help realise this vision.

This is a fantastic opportunity to use your previous experience and transferable skills to bring a wide range of people and organisations together to plan for ambitious nature recovery.

You will work closely with local and national colleagues sitting in teams across Natural England. You will be central to forming strong working relationships with local authorities to establish LNRS in the context of local planning. You will need to be flexible and opportunistic in the role that Natural England plays to secure better outcomes for nature, and you will need to be responsive to the needs of our local partners.

The locations of the roles available are:

Devon, Cornwall, and Isles of Scilly Area Team (Exeter or Truro office) x 2 roles
East Midlands Area Team (Lincoln or Nottingham office) x 2 roles
Norfolk and Suffolk Area Team (Norwich office) x 1 role
Northumbria Area Team (Newcastle office) x 1 role
Sussex and Kent Area Team (Ashford or Worthing office) x 2 roles
Thames Solent Area Team (Eastleigh, London, Reading or Wallingford office) x 3 roles
West Anglia Area Team (Cambridge or Peterborough office) x 1 role
West Midlands Area Team (Telford or Worcester office) x 3 roles
Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Area Team (Leeds or York office) x 2 roles

Please note the number of roles available may increase or decrease, successful candidates will be assigned roles in merit order taking into account their geographic preferences.

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. STAR format is not required for the 'Technical skills and Knowledge' competency. For full details see the attached Candidate Information Pack.


Competence 1
Professional competency

Technical Skills and Knowledge (STAR format not required)


Please demonstrate 3 (or more) of the following:

• A good degree (preferably in a relevant subject) and / or extensive experience in a related field
• Strong understanding of people’s connection with nature and how to engage people and partnerships to foster nature recovery
• Understanding of biodiversity needs and impacts, across a range of habitats
• Understanding of the workings of local government
• Knowledge or experience of the statutory planning system and how nature is incorporated

Competence 2
Professional competency

Personal Effectiveness


Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience (practitioner)

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

Competence 3
Professional competency

Putting people at the heart of the environment


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

Work proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders and partners to identify and secure opportunities to deliver gains for people and nature (practitioner)

Competence 4
Professional competency

Work Delivery


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

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


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

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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