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Infrastructure Sector leads Senior Advisor

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location England (North East) - UK, England (North West) - UK, England (West Midlands) - UK, England (East Midlands) - UK, England (East Anglia) - UK, England (South West) - UK, England (South East) - UK, England (South Central) - UK, England (London & Greater) - UK
Salary Additional Information Salary: £36,098 / Contract type: Permanent
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 01/03/2024
Company Name Natural England
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Directory Entry : We're the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world. We were established by an Act of Parliament in 2006. Our purpose is to help conserve, enhance and manage the natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Our vision is ‘Thriving Nature for people and planet’. We aim to achieve this through our mission ‘Building partnerships for Nature’s recovery’. You can see the Natural England vacancies on the Civil Service job site. You can slso view their jobs and similar roles at environmentjobs.co.uk
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Salary: £36,098

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Contract type: Permanent

Working pattern: Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Location: National 

About the job

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a team? Can you see yourself advising communities and customers to maximise gains for the Natural Environment? 

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and nature. 

The priority work Natural England is delivering includes:

  • Establishing a Nature Recovery Network to help wildlife thrive
  • Monitoring environmental changes to identify and help reduce the effects of climate change
  • Working with farmers and landowners to develop greener food production methods
  • Advising on plans for new developments to maximise gains for nature, and
  • Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing.
  • We are the Government’s Adviser for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, an ambitious vision which brings new opportunities to protect and enhance and to achieve real outcomes for the environment. 

Find out more about the work of Natural England at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england 

The Team

The Planning and Infrastructure Team forms part of the Sustainable Development Team, located within Strategy and Government Advice, in the Strategy Directorate of Natural England. 

The Team works across the terrestrial and marine environment to:

  • Advise Government on national policy issues, contributing to the development of planning policy, guidance and process changes and responding to national consultations.
  • Provide strategic technical advice and leadership to our programme and operations teams and develop new approaches to planning and infrastructure work
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key national partners including Government, other regulators and agencies, NGOs and the commercial sector.
  • This presents a unique opportunity to influence government policy to secure greater outcomes for the natural environment, whilst also playing a key role in both supporting and shaping Natural England’s Planning and Infrastructure work. 

Job description

We are looking for Senior Advisers to join our team and work alongside our Infrastructure Principal Advisers and the wider SGA Planning and Infrastructure Team to provide the leadership and technical focus to drive forward Natural England’s ambitions for the natural environment. This will be delivered through our policy advice and by helping to shape the way in which we deliver our statutory advice on major infrastructure work. 

You will play a key role in shaping Natural England’s response at a critical time with fundamental changes proposed to the planning, infrastructure planning and environmental assessment regimes under the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, British Energy Security Strategy and related reforms. . 

A key focus of these roles will be interacting with key industry bodies and partner organisations. You will work proactively to build an understanding of the aims, objectives and challenges of industry and partners. Collaborative work both internally and externally will be required to identify and maximise opportunities to improve our evidence base and knowledge, driving forwards solutions which help further the ambitions of the government’s Environmental Improvement Plan. 

You will provide national leadership and technical advice for your core topic area to ensure consistency of advice both within and across sectors, through the development and provision of training, guidance and leading technical networks. 

Key Tasks and Accountabilities

The post holder(s) will need to maintain a flexible and adaptable attitude and approach. Initial broad work areas are likely to comprise those described below: 

Act as sector lead on specific terrestrial infrastructure sector(s). For Example:

  • Carbon and Hydrogen (generation, transmission, and storage).
  • Renewable Energy (Solar/Onshore Wind)
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Energy & Water Transmission Networks
  • Transport 

We are working in a changing and evolving policy environment with the likelihood of more hybrid types of developments. Exact details will be determined based on the emerging infrastructure pipeline and the skills and interest of the candidates. Successful candidates will need to be flexible and willing to adapt in response to the changing demands on the team.

  • Lead specified work areas, working closely with staff across Natural England’s teams on infrastructure and planning advice to ensure that our proposals for change are well thought through and address both risks and opportunities for the natural environment.
  • Provide technical advice to Defra, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and the Department for Transport (DfT) to support NE’s response to the Levelling Up Bill and related secondary legislation, policy and guidance including responses to national consultations.
  • Build effective relationships with Defra, DLUHC, DfT and other Government Department colleagues alongside key infrastructure stakeholders, developers and industry groups
  • Provide technical infrastructure planning advice to operations teams on casework including environmental assessment processes and strategic approaches as required.
  • Act as the relationship manager for key planning and infrastructure stakeholders as required.
  • Lead/contribute to technical guidance, briefings and, training on infrastructure and planning.


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