The Dorset coast is a jewel at the heart of the Southern region, home to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Chesil Beach and some of the nation’s most popular resort beaches across Bournemouth, Lyme Regis and Swanage. But this is a region with many complex issues to address: climate change, coastal erosion, beach management and rising sea level, to name a few. And, as a Coastal Engineering Advisor, you’ll help to manage such issues and play a key role in protecting the area from impacts of flooding and coastal erosion.
The Dorset and Wiltshire Partnership and Strategy Overview Team monitors the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in the region. Joining the team, your important work will help to ensure that the right assets are in the right place and that we’re fully prepared for any risks that lay ahead. A strategic thinker with strong technical knowledge, you’ll work on coastal erosion and civil engineering projects, offering crucial advice to the Environment Agency Asset Performance and funding support for Grant application. We’ll look to your input for the next stage of strategic future plans for the Dorset coastline and you’ll identify ways that we can better engage with communities and the public about the challenges ahead. Collaboration will be a crucial part of this role, so you’ll need to be comfortable liaising with a variety of stakeholders: from local councils, academic groups and coastal protection authorities to internal colleagues across the organisation. With good project management skills, you’ll be able to confidently manage people’s varied expectations, balance a number of priorities and make effective strategic decisions.
With relevant environmental and technical knowledge, you’re likely to have a degree (or equivalent qualification) in either a Civil Engineering or Coastal Engineering subject. You’ve a good understanding of the physical processes and environmental issues affecting the coast and coastal maintenance activities and you’ll be able to confidently work with the Coastal Observatories to review data and influence survey programmes. With good project management skills, you’re someone who thinks strategically and acts for the long term, using all available evidence to inform your decisions. You should be comfortable helping to shape business direction and building lasting working relationships with key stakeholders. Credible, articulate and influential, you’ve first-class communication and negotiation skills and you’ll be conveying complex issues to stakeholders at all levels. As you’d expect, there will be some travel involved in this role so a full UK driving licence is required.
We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment and make it a better place for people and wildlife. We operate at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives. We reduce the risks to people and properties from flooding; make sure there is enough water for people and wildlife; protect and improve air, land and water quality and apply the environmental standards within which industry can operate.
As well as the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment, you can look forward to a competitive package with a range of benefits, including flexible and family friendly working arrangements, generous holiday and a local government final salary pension. We will also support your continued personal and professional development.
Closing date: 25 September 2014.
We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.