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Senior Adviser - Landscape Scale Projects

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 Closes: 9 Mar 2020
North East £31,493
Fixed term & Full time defra/20200213175551

This position is based in Lancaster House, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Northumbria Area Team is one of Natural England's Operational delivery teams covering Northumberland, Durham Tyne & Wear and Tees Valley. Most of your work will be in this area, but it may also include work in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders and travel to meetings elsewhere in the country.

This is an exciting opportunity to support and further develop landscape scale projects and approaches delivering 25 Year Environment Plan aspirations.

You will play a key role in the development and delivery of a number of landscape scale projects working collaboratively with a range of internal and external partners and stakeholders. This will include contributing to local Environmental Land Management System (ELMS) test & trial projects and developing landscape scale approaches to deliver nature recovery network and strategic natural capital ambitions.

Key tasks/principal accountabilities

Contribute to the development of new strategic approaches and projects to deliver the aspirations of the 25 Year Environment Plan and Natural England's vision of 'thriving nature for people and planet'

Engage with a wide range of stakeholders through a range of mechanisms, including designing and facilitating workshops, delivering presentations, initiating collaborative events and producing regular feedback reports

Develop and maintain positive working relationships and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, including a mix of land managers
Collect, analyse and interpret a range of data to inform project delivery and development

Develop, manage and lead project delivery approaches, producing project plans, budgets and reporting mechanisms as required

Skills and knowledge

Good understanding of the 25 Year Environment Plan and wider policy environment, including emerging proposals for ELMS

Experience of working with a range of land managers and of providing technical expertise to deliver environmental outcomes

Knowledge of previous agri-environment schemes

Project management knowledge and experience

Good communication and partnership working skills

Computer proficiency

Familiarity with GIS data


Competence 1

Professional competency


Creating resilient landscapes and seas - Practitioner


- Use an ecosystems approach to deliver a resilient environment
- Design your local projects to have beneficial impacts at the landscape scale

Competence 2

Professional competency


Personal effectiveness - Practitioner


- Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience
- Be decisive, combine your professional judgement with evidence to inform your decision-making
- Share your knowledge and expertise with people in your networks (both internal and external) to help develop their capability and to improve outcomes

Competence 3

Professional competency


Putting people at the heart of the environment - Practitioner


- Collaborate, influence and build trusting relationships to achieve pragmatic outcomes
- Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers
- Work proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders and partners to identify and secure opportunities to deliver gains for people and nature

Competence 4

Professional competency


Work delivery - Practitioner


- Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures
- Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines
- Understand and apply relevant policy, legislation, governance frameworks and strategies to your work

Competence 5

Professional competency


Growing natural capital - Practitioner

- Use the natural capital concept and approach to enhance the environment and benefit the local community


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• 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

Please refer to job description

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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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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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