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Senior Permitting Officers - Water Resources

Environment Agency
Remote working, based out of Warrington (permanent) and Warrington, Birmingham, Nottingham, Exeter, Ipswich or Sheffield (fixed-term)
Closing date
29 Dec 2021

Job Details

Role: Senior Permitting Officers - Water Resources

Salary: £36,389

Grade: G5

1 permanent (Warrington) and 3 FTCs (any NPS hub) up to 31 March 2023

Location: Remote working, based out of Warrington (permanent) and Warrington, Birmingham, Nottingham, Exeter, Ipswich or Sheffield (fixed-term)

About the Environment Agency

If you’re part of the Environment Agency, you’re part of the solution. Working with us means protecting and improving the environment for generations to come, tackling issues of national importance across a huge variety of disciplines. Our responsibilities span major industry regulation, flood defences, land contamination, water quality, fisheries and conservation. Such a broad scope of work calls for diverse, multi-skilled teams and exceptional leadership: together, we’ll promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change and secure a better future for everyone.

Your role with us

Permitting is the foundation of regulation, and crucial to the economy, people and wildlife.  By assessing applications and ensuring decisions are made on sound technical grounds, you’ll ensure we protect the environment whilst enabling businesses to operate.  Specialising in water, you can expect to deal with everything from small farm holdings to nuclear power stations.  Issues include enabling fish passage, creation of wetlands and other habitats, restricting abstraction in sensitive areas and delivering drought permits. You may also work on sites of high public interest.

You’ll join our National Permitting Service where teams work together to assess over 14,000 applications each year across a wide range of activities and permitting regimes. It’s a fast-paced environment, offering plenty of opportunity to learn new skills and take on more responsibility for people and projects.

Who we’re looking for

You’re likely to have experience in water resources or wider environmental management, including assessment of a range of complex permits. You’ll understand risk-based decision-making and will have a good knowledge of relevant legislation. You’ll also be ready to provide mentoring and coaching support to others.

We’re looking for well-organised people who are able to manage a busy workload. Collaborative in your approach, you’ll be ready to deliver to a high standard and to tight deadlines. To achieve this, you’ll need to develop and maintain excellent working relationships. As well as influencing others and carrying out diverse negotiations, you must also be prepared to have difficult conversations and clearly explain your decisions. 

Your benefits with us

You will benefit from a culture that embraces difference and includes everyone, where you will feel supported and trusted to do the right thing. We will invest in you and allow you to grow and shape your career. What’s more, you’ll be able to have access to our great benefits package, including generous annual leave, an excellent pension, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to be part of a variety of staff networks.

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. To achieve this, we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation and religion. We also welcome applications for flexible working patterns.


Within England we’re responsible for:

  • regulating major industry and waste
  • treatment of contaminated land
  • water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

Lead local flood authorities are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and lead on community recovery, including making sandbags available to those that need them.

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