Integrated Environment Planning Specialist (Water Quality)

£37,462 yearly
  • Environment Agency
  • Hybrid (Birmingham , Kidderminster , Shrewsbury , Tewkesbury , Fradley)
  • 16 Jan, 2023
Full time Water Modelling Environmental Management Water and Wastewater Water Management Environmental Health

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and forward thinking individual with excellent communication skills and knowledge of environmental pressures with experience of Water Framework Directive, river or lake modelling and environmental permitting, to help lead our local response to current pressures and future demands.

You will work on a variety of aspects of strategic water planning to understand the risks, find solutions and work with those who can effect change. You will also review, challenge and advise stakeholder plans and permissions, and ensure they comply with environmental regulations. You'll be required to understand, analyse and translate a variety of data/information into evidence that can be used to inform and influence decisions by technical and non-technical audiences.

This post is a water quality technical role working with water companies and internal teams to reduce impacts from sewage discharges.Knowledge and experience of the following would be advantageous:-

  • water company price review and asset management plans
  • knowledge of sewage treatment works and sewerage network processes and operation including Urban Pollution Management processes and standards
  • awareness of measures to protect the water quality of drinking water supplies from diffuse pollution sources
  • responding to water quality permit consultations and determination of waste water continuous and intermittent discharge permit limits
  • water industry wastewater management
  • environmental legislation relevant to sewage discharges and water quality
  • supporting local and national working groups and projects
  • advising and facilitating resolution of complex or contentious issues
  • responding to planning and development consultations

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. 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 alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.


The team  

The West Midland’s Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) team, contains specialists in water quality, water resources and catchment planning. Working with area operational teams, national policy makers and other stakeholders, in particular water companies, we shape and produce the environmental plans that drive West Midland’s area priorities.

Our friendly team of specialists are at the heart of environmental decision making, facilitating integrated actions to solve complex problems.
Experience/skills required  
The successful candidate will have a good understanding of our business and environmental activities and have strong IT skills and have the ability to demonstrate specialist technical leadership,
You should be qualified to degree level or higher in a relevant environmental discipline. Membership of, or working towards a membership of, a relevant professional institute (e.g. CIWEM) is desirable. You should have experience in:-
  • Water quality data analysis/research and/or modelling tools and techniques, and their outputs, to support proportionate, evidence-based inferences/proposals from information
  • Experience of gathering, maintaining, quality-assuring and presenting data/information to inform and influence decisions
  • Experience of translating guidance and instructions into delivery
  • Ability to work under own initiative, and as part of a larger, cross-functional team, prioritising and delivering work to relevant standards and deadlines
  • Good organisational skills/discipline and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate own work
  • Communicating effectively with a wide range of customer


Contact and additional information  

At the Environment Agency we are one team, with one mission: to create a better place. We value our employees, recognise individual circumstances and champion the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. We support employees to grow in a direction that reflects their passion. As such, you’ll have the opportunity to develop with bespoke training available in areas of interest including externally recognised qualifications.

If you have any questions about this role please see the candidate pack or contact Rachel Voyce (