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Natural England

Freshwater Lead Advisers

Area Team Based


Natural England is the UK Government’s independent adviser for the natural environment in England. We work with a wide range of partners and customers, from farmers and land managers to statutory bodies such as planning authorities, water companies and the Environment Agency, providing advice on sustainable land and water management, and safeguarding and monitoring our national and international protected sites networks.

As the freshwater agenda continues to grow within Natural England, we are looking to recruit additional staff to further develop our freshwater related delivery across England. Freshwater plays a key part in nature-based solutions and delivering the Nature Recovery Network, and you could play a key role in this.

If you’re passionate about nature and especially interested in freshwater issues, this is a rewarding opportunity to make a significant difference to England’s natural environment.

As a Freshwater Lead Adviser, you will help to deliver the freshwater agenda in one of Natural England’s locally based Area teams. Working closely with specialists in your Area Team, as well as our national specialists and external partners and stakeholders, you’ll be a trusted source of advice across a wide range of freshwater related topics. This is a varied role in which your responsibilities will depend on the Area Team requirements and priorities.

Responsibilities will include:

  • providing technical freshwater-related advice to support the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of rivers and coastal waters,
  • the coordination and evaluation of water-dependent elements of site condition monitoring - from geomorphology, to river habitats, to water quality and flow, and
  • contributing to the development of EA and water company strategic plans.

You’ll need a broad understanding of freshwater issues, with specific knowledge of water quality or water resources, as well as an understanding of the protected sites systems. You will need to be able to apply relevant environmental and water legislation, policy and governance frameworks to your work, and understand how land interacts with its surrounding landscape and habitats, for example through hydrological linkages. You will also need to be able to assess risks to protected sites, identify opportunities to increase biodiversity, and advise on techniques to maintain or enhance the condition of protected sites.

Wherever possible, we accommodate requests for both full and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns.

If you’re inspired to protect and enhance England’s wildlife, and want to work for a leading science-led organisation, apply here.

Closing date: 11.55pm, Monday 15 August 2022.

Closing Date: 15/08/2022  Location: Area Team Based

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