Freshwater Lead Advisor - Cheshire to Lancashire

Natural England
Crewe or Manchester
Closing date
20 Sep 2020
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Natural England’s Cheshire to Lancashire Team provides environmental leadership in an area of 6 million people including the major urban areas of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region as well as stunning countryside and natural environments. The region is home to magnificent natural assets including the Pennine and Bowland hills, the wetlands of Cheshire and Great Manchester and the wildlife-rich Irish Sea coast.


This role will initially focus on developing options for meres and a river within Cheshire that are subject to a 2015 Judicial Review consent order. You will support the development of Diffuse Water Pollution Plans and the associated evidence base through modelling technology (such as Farmscoper), work with stakeholders including the Environment Agency and Defra and lead on developing a novel solution for a pilot site testing a new legislative approach.

Once the initial Judicial Review Consent Order work is underway, this role will focus more widely on the water environment and the key tasks listed in the front of the role description.

As the freshwater agenda continues to grow within Natural England we are looking for a role to support our Senior Specialists and Advisers working closely with colleagues across the Area Teams, the Environment Agency and the Water Companies. It is expected that candidates will need a good understanding of freshwater issues, however it’s recognised that expertise will be developed as part of the role. The person should be knowledgeable on water quality and/or resources and how the protected sites system works to be confident to support casework across the teams.

The successful applicants will be expected to travel to work with key customers across the areas.

Key Tasks and areas of work will be:

Work across the area team to ensure that freshwater delivery is fully embedded and supported across the relevant priorities in order to maximise environmental delivery.

Deliver technical advice / input on water quality issues with specific emphasis on rivers and Meres particularly those with Water Framework Directive status. Provide technical advice on water related casework, including basic eco hydrological advice on abstraction licences, water quality and water level issues arising on casework (planning, land management or Environment Agency consultations).

Complete, where relevant, production of Diffuse Water Pollution Plans with the Environment Agency and embed the roll-out of their actions. Increase our income, by supporting Discretionary Advice Service (DAS) work related to statutory water company plans (drought plan, water resource management plan and business plan) and Environment Agency plans.

Help coordinate the input into the development and delivery of the relevant River Basin Management Plans in line with programme area objectives.

Provide support where necessary to relevant Catchment Based Approach partnerships groups to support delivery of NE’s vision and 25 year plan objectives particularly for water quality.

Seek and develop funding bids to improve our evidence around water quality and implement actions when required. Skills and knowledge

Understand and apply the relevant environmental legislation to your work and specifically an understanding of WFD and the mechanisms that can be applied to support its delivery.

Ability to identify how water interacts with the surrounding landscape and habitats e.g. through hydrological linkages Ability to identify how proposals can contribute to environmental opportunities to enhance natural capital and deliver biodiversity net gain

Ability to manage Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and International site casework in line with statutory duty and published service standards

Recognise, identify and interpret environmental features such as priority habitats and SSSI features

Understand and advise on appropriate management techniques to maintain or enhance the condition of an SSSI or international site (remedies, condition threats)

Understand and apply relevant water legislation, policy and governance frameworks to your work, this includes an understanding of how it links to the aims, outcomes and priority

Competence 1  

Building Partnerships – practitioner Description   • Collaborate, negotiate and influence in a well-informed way to achieve pragmatic outcomes. • Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers.

Competence 2 Communicating Effectively – practitioner

Description   • Listen well, be open minded, and take time to understand the other person’s point of view. • Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

Competence 3    Personal Effectiveness –

    • Act positively to safeguard the physical and mental wellbeing of yourself and others. • Suggest innovations and reforms to improve the way your team and Natural England operates.

Competence 4   Work delivery – 

  • Identify, understand and follow the instructions, policies, procedures and standards relevant to your work. • Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines.

Competence 5     Putting people at the heart of the environment 

• Understand the importance of people accessing and engaging with the natural environment, and how to balance their needs with nature conservation objectives. actions in the focus areas  




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