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Job Description

We are the Environment Agency. We create better places for people, wildlife and the environment. We put the climate emergency at the heart of everything we do and help society adapt to environmental challenges such as flooding, drought, sea level rise and coastal change. We improve and protect the quality of our air, land and water by tackling pollution.

We have 2 temporary posts within the Environment Portfolio Team. We’re looking for highly motivated individuals to aid the continued delivery of our flagship environmental grant schemes. As a programme support officer you will work with colleagues across the Environment Agency and with external partners to deliver lasting improvements to our water environment. The role involves a range of different tasks including:
• Supporting the administration of our Landscape Recovery (LR), Natural Environment Improvement Readiness Fund (NEIRF), Partnership Grants (PGs) and Catchment Host Fund grant schemes.
• Reviewing data and... evidence supplied by grant agreement holders to assess delivery of environmental improvements and issue grant funds.
• Being a point of contact for external partners to assist with the management of their grant funded projects.
• Reporting on programme and grant scheme performance, forecasts and risks.
• Helping to develop new and improve existing programme management procedures for our grant schemes.

We will provide training on the job and support your development within the Environment Agency.

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do in the Environment Agency. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and workplace adjustments will be available to support you with your incident role.

The team

The Environment Portfolio team is part of the Portfolio Management Office (PMO). The PMO is responsible for allocating funding, managing and reporting on the Environment Agency’s flood risk management programmes, environment programmes and environmental grant schemes. We play a vital role in ensuring the delivery of our programmes of projects and grant schemes to protect as many properties as possible from flooding, improve the water environment and mitigate against climate change.

Experience/skills Required

We are looking for an individual with a degree or equivalent, who is self-motivated, and able to demonstrate the following:
• Good organisational skills and an ability to work effectively in a team and independently to manage multiple priorities to meet short and long-term deadlines.
• Experience of managing complex data and information, and use of Excel.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to clearly present information to technical and non-technical partners.
• A strong focus on providing good customer service.
• A proven ability to build effective working relationships.

The key things we’re looking for are transferrable skills and capabilities, so do not be put off applying if you don’t have a degree and/or you don’t have experience in this sector.

Contact and additional information

We work mainly from home or a local office. There will be the need to travel occasionally to meetings, but as an organisation we are happy to use technology to full effect if travel is difficult.

The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities and our environment.

Interviews are anticipated to take place virtually via MS Teams in the week commencing from 29th July 2024

For further information please contact

Jill Credland: jill.credland@environment-agency.gov.uk

Gemma Jackson: gemma.jackson@environment-agency.gov.uk

Closing Date:

14/07/2024, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required

Basic Check

Length of contract

Up to 9 months

Competence 1

Achieves Results


Demonstrate how you prioritise and organise tasks and resources to ensure delivery of high work standards to achieve timely results.

Competence 2

Focuses on Customers and Partners


Please describe an occasion when you have used your knowledge and understanding of a particular customer to improve the service you provided for them?

Competence 3

Data and Information Management


Please describe when you have collected a set of data, how you analysed and interpreted it, and presented it back to an audience.

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information
Redruth United Kingdom


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