Nature Recovery Lead Adviser - West Midlands

An opportunity to play an integral part in delivering nature recovery in the West Midlands. Working flexibly across the Team area to provide the skilled and passionate nature management advice and expertise to help deliver Natural England’s ambition for the 25 Year Environment Plan.

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Employer: Natural England 
Location: West Midlands
Salary: £26,224
Closing Date: 08 Mar 2021
Sector: Environmental 
Function: Environmental Management, Sustainability / Sustainable Development

Overview of role
An opportunity to play an integral part in delivering nature recovery in the West Midlands. Working flexibly across the Team area to provide the skilled and passionate nature management advice and expertise to help deliver Natural England’s ambition for the 25 Year Environment Plan.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with effective terrestrial ecological knowledge and experience of working collaboratively with partners and colleagues. Our Nature Recovery Lead Advisers are uniquely placed, utilising their expert knowledge and engagement skills, to work at a range of scales from individual land managers to large partnerships. This, combined with the range of levers available to staff, underpins Natural England’s unique role in delivering nature recovery.

Nature Recovery Lead Advisers increasingly play a crucial role in convening and supporting strategic partnerships at a landscape scale to deliver nature recovery. These are focused on the priority landscapes in the Team’s area that will deliver significant nature recovery and natural capital gains.

Key tasks 

  • Responsible for delivering a range of nature enhancement and recovery advice, including farmland conservation and protected sites, at a scale and in a way that joins up our delivery to achieve nature recovery and build resilient landscapes.
  • Work collaboratively with our farmland and protected sites casework Team, land-use planning Team, National Nature Reserves Team, and Catchment Sensitive Farming officers. This includes provision of technical nature recovery advice to support land-use planning and protected sites casework.
  • Engaging with land managers and stakeholders, increasingly on a one2many basis, to create and implement shared plans at a landscape scale to achieve healthy functioning nature recovery networks. This could include securing measures to improve the condition of protected sites or providing habitat/species management advice to land managers.
  • Potentially lead on key partner relationships, representing all of NE not just one work area, to secure nature recovery in our priority landscapes. Subsequently cascading key points to relevant NE colleagues.
  • Seek opportunities to provide support and guidance to colleagues to help develop their technical knowledge and encourage/support all staff to work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary way to deliver greater environmental outcomes.

Competencies Technical Competency

  • An understanding of the aims, outcomes and priority actions in the 25 Year Environment Plan, and Natural England’s Conservation 21 Strategy and 2020 Action Plan. An understanding of Natural England’s role in working at a landscape scale to secure healthy functioning nature recovery networks (essential).
  • Good understanding of the ecology and management principles for key lowland habitats/species, including woodland, grassland, peatland and heathland (essential). A good understanding of bird ecology, meta-populations and their use of functionally linked land (desirable).
  • Ability to influence land managers & external partners to achieve positive management of the natural environment at a landscape scale (essential).
  • Knowledge and experience of environmental legislation including policies and procedures relating to Sites of Special Scientific Interest and European sites (essential).
  • Knowledge and experience of agri-environment schemes, their objectives and management (essential).
  • Driving licence essential due to travel to remote site visits (essential).

Personal effectiveness – communication [Basic]

  • Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience

Personal effectiveness – people [Practitioner] 

  • Act positively to support the diverse needs of other people in everything you do
  • Address challenging issues and manage conflict

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
  • Understand and explain the outcomes that we seek in the Area Team and how these fit in with local and national issues

Work delivery [Practitioner] 

  • Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income from our products and services
  • 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

Working safely [Basic]

  • Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do

For further information contact:
Job contact Name: Jonathan Blowers
Email: Jonathan.Blowers@naturalengland.org.uk
Telephone: 02082 256813 Recruitment team
Email: defra-recruitment-enquiries@gov.sscl.com