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Lead Adviser - Marine and Coast

Posted: 28 Nov 2019 Closes: 15 Dec 2019
Yorkshire and the Humber £25,215
Fixed term & Full time defra/20191128183527

This position is based at Leeds, York

Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire is home to wonderful and diverse natural coastal and marine environments. We are privileged to work towards enhancing and managing the environment in these counties, to enable sustainable development and to encourage people to enjoy the countryside and coast.

Job description

The post holder will play a crucial role in the front-line delivery of coastal work for Natural England within an area based team.

Key tasks include:

• Act as the lead contact for the Environment Agency under the DAS plus contract to support them in the following activities:
• The comprehensive review of the Humber Estuary Flood Risk Management Strategy.
• Provide technical advice and support on the development and delivery of the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Management Schemes in the Humber Estuary, including Skeffling.
• Act as the main point of contact internally and manage the liaison and input from internal colleagues, including local and national Lead Advisers, Specialists, Senior Advisers and Managers.
• Develop bespoke advice for the Environment Agency to assist with their Flood Risk Management Schemes to help manage risk, reduce cost and set out an agreed approach.
• Ensure that the DAS plus contract is appropriately managed and successfully delivered, providing feedback to Natural England and Environment Agency Managers.
• Deliver medium to high risk statutory casework and pre-application advice according to customer service standards and statutory response times and including chargeable services.
• Use initiative to find new ways of working and deliver collaborative projects to secure environmental improvement for the marine and coastal environment within Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Technical/specialist knowledge/qualifications

• Knowledge of coastal management issues and preferably of the planning and delivery of flood and coastal erosion risk management.The ability to organise, lead and support external engagement with stakeholders and partners (in particular the environment Agency) in challenging situations. This needs to be done in ways that reduce conflict, increase understanding of Natural England's position and ensure that the views of stakeholders are respected.
• Knowledge of coastal and estuarine activities relevant to the area and a clear understanding of their potential impacts on coastal and estuarine processes, habitats and species.
• Knowledge of current and planned European and domestic policies, legislative frameworks and drivers for sustainable coastal development.
• Knowledge of current coastal legislative drivers and legislation.
• Experience of coastal survey and monitoring and the use of evidence, data analysis and data standards.


Competence 1
Professional competency
Securing environmental improvements - Practitioner

• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of marine pressures, impacts, management and mitigation in order to set clear and practical aims for sea users and regulators and/or to inform decisions / actions relating to your role.
• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the different types of Marine Protected Areas (MPA), how they are created and their management in order to set clear and practical aims for sea users and regulators and/or to inform decisions / actions relating to your role.
• Provide evidence based advice and expertise using your knowledge of an area of marine biology, ecology and processes or other area of technical expertise that relates to your role.
• Provide evidence-based advice and expertise using your knowledge of marine policy and legislation e.g. Habitats Regulations; Marine & Coastal Access Act, Wildlife and Countryside Act etc.

Competence 2
Professional competency
Communicating effectively – Practitioner

• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.
• Confidently communicate and explain the components and importance of our coast and seas to a non-Marine audience.

Competence 3
Professional competency
Collecting, monitoring and analysing data and evidence – Basic

• Handle data and information in accordance with regulations, legislation and Natural England standards.
• Collect, monitor and analyse data and evidence in an appropriate and meaningful way by applying your knowledge of marine survey and monitoring techniques.

Competence 4
Professional competency
Building partnerships – Practitioner

• Use knowledge of sea users, industries and conservation organisations appropriate to your role to improve collaboration, develop rapport and build new partnerships.
• Collaborate, influence and build trusting relationships to achieve pragmatic outcomes

Competence 5
Professional competency
Work delivery - Practitioner

• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines
• Identify, understand and follow the policies, procedures and standards relevant to your work
• Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income for our products and services.


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

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Selection process details

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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