The Environment Agency recruitment practice outlined
Your chance to make a difference to the environment.The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It's the Agency's job to make sure that air, land and water are protected by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.
Do you share the vision?
The Environment Agency is made up of eight Regional Operations across England and Wales, with the Head Office in Bristol.
It is a large organisation, employing more than 10,000 people across a huge range of specialist areas. Scientists and engineers; PR officers and flood protection officers; IT experts and support staff - there's an enormous resource of diverse skills and expertise within the organisation, but everyone is linked by a shared commitment to the Agency's vision:
"If you want to make a difference, this is the place to do it."
Where do I start?
All vacancies are advertised on the Environment Agency's website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/jobs) as well as in relevant national, regional or specialist media. Applicants will be given information about individual roles and the types of qualifications, skills and experience they need to be successful in them.
The Agency is committed to equality of opportunity and aims to reflect the diversity of the community. They want to ensure that opportunities are made available to as wide an audience as possible and encourage applications from ethnic minority, disabled groups and women, as they are underrepresented amongst Environment Agency staff at some levels.
The Agency also operates an online recruitment capability that enables applicants to view information and then to apply directly through the website. They are also able to register their interest for future vacancies. This system has been running since 2004.
A range of techniques for selecting candidates is used and the make up of these will depend very much on the type of job and the Agency's experience of successfully recruiting to such positions. Applicants can be assured that everyone being considered for a particular post will go through a consistent assessment process, adapted as necessary for those who have special requirements.
Selection tools may include aptitude and personality tests, presentations, role plays, group exercises and, of course, interviews, but candidates will be made aware of the exercises they will be completing for an individual position prior to attending an assessment event.
Who are Managers looking for?
They need people who share their drive for environmental protection, but who also have the energy and personal credibility to change the way others think.
Working with the Environment Agency, you will be tackling some of the most important issues facing the planet.
That's why they need people with fresh ideas and a passion for their work, whatever their background or skills.
Your challenge will be to help make a lasting and positive impact on the environment. In return, the Environment Agency will provide you with a stimulating and challenging career with rewards that recognise your experience and commitment.
Your career development
The Environment Agency attaches the same importance towards creating a better working environment for all their employees as they do towards creating a better environment for present and future generations. They do this by valuing everyone's different skills and abilities while adopting a flexible approach to the needs of individuals and their goals.
Everyone has their own personal development plan, agreed with their Line Manager as part of a performance management process.
The Agency runs career and management development programmes and invests significantly in training their employees, ensuring that skills are kept up to date.
In addition, they also provide their employees with both internal and external training opportunities, allocate time for employees to learn new skills and financially support professional studies where appropriate.
Information on all current Environment Agency vacancies can be found at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/jobs