Natural England Jobs as Senior Adviser – Capability (Ref: 4492) at London,England,UnitedKingdom 2022

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About the job

The team

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
  • Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing

We are the Government’s advisor 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


Wherever possible Natural England accommodates requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their health and wellbeing.

Natural England provides excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development tailored to your role. From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. Everyone has 10 days to devote to personal learning and development, as well as an additional 3 days to volunteer.

You will have access to Civil Service Pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances (33 day per year pro rata), as well as flexible working, to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

You will have access to a range of benefits including discounts on shopping vouchers, cycle to work scheme, and childcare vouchers. You can also join the Civil Service Sport club which offer discounts on a range of sports and leisure opportunities as well as social events.

Natural England is a fantastic place to work, where difference is celebrated.

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Our shared values help us work together to benefit the communities we serve. Our thriving employee-led diversity networks support our inclusive culture and contribute to our Diversity Action Plan.

This role sits in the Chief Scientist Directorate (CSD) Science and Evidence Programme Team (SEPT) which provides leadership and delivery of our cross-cutting Science and Evidence Programme; leadership of CSD governance including resource and financial planning; specialist expertise on horizon scanning; technical capability; scientific communication and publishing plus project management support for a range of CSD led projects.

We have begun an ambitious and exciting programme of activity to implement our Science, Evidence & Evaluation (SEE) Strategy. This role is to support the delivery of the Capability workstream, reviewing the skills the organisation needs for the future, developing a technical learning hub and building clearer career pathways within Natural England. We are looking for an individual with networking skills and expertise in scientific and technical capability to analyse, coordinate, oversee and implement a programme to deliver the SEE capability workstream across the organisation.

You will work collaboratively with the SEE capability Principal Adviser, with support from the Lead Adviser for Capability, as well as engaging with colleagues across the business.

Key Tasks And Principal Accountabilities

  • Providing scientific/technical capability expertise and advice across the organisation to drive the successful delivery of the Science Evidence and Evaluation Strategy capability workstream.
  • Collaborate with national technical capability leads to identify short, medium and long-term scientific development needs across the organisation.
  • The development of a year-on-year science capability programme in collaboration with cross organisation capability groups
  • Develop approaches to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the technical/specialist training we provide to determine how effectively learning has been transferred to staff.
  • Contribute to the annual business planning activities and contribute to the in year reporting schedule
  • Work with the CSD comms team to agree and execute an engagement and communication plan to ensure all staff understand our vision to transform science capability
  • Create, lead and maintain suitable internal networks to build “in-house” learning & development capability.
  • Liaise with suitable suppliers to develop new programmes to support business needs and oversee procurement for all L&D interventions
  • Provide functional management and guidance to the Lead Adviser – capability
  • Build a collaborative network within CSD and across Natural England to identify and collate annual technical/specialist training requirements
  • Be fully conversant with the skills framework and oversee a refresh of the environmental skills framework.
  • Develop accreditation and standards for science and technical skills.
  • The successful candidate will either hold a CIPD qualification in Learning and Development or have equivalent experience.


Natural England is adopting hybrid working – which means that our staff will work from a flexible range of locations, encompassing home, offices (ours and our partners) and relevant sites. All new staff will be formally linked to one of our 25 offices across England and the expectation is that all new staff will be able to access their local office to be part of the community of staff in their geographic area. Staff members are required to carry out all their duties working in this way and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time. Travel expenses will be paid if work related travel is required but does not apply to travel between home and your associated office.

National team roles can be linked with any Natural England office while Area Team roles will be linked with an office in the relevant geographic area.

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How To Apply

We welcome and encourage applications from all communities. Natural England is accredited to the Disability Confident Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the role at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If you require a reasonable adjustment at interview, or there is anything else you would like the panel to take into consideration, you should notify us of this at application stage where possible, or well in advance of your interview.

This vacancy uses competency-based assessment. We’ll assess you against the competencies below during the selection process:

  • Technical Skills and Knowledge.
  • Personal Effectiveness.
  • Work Delivery.
  • Putting People at the Heart of the Environment.

When completing the application form you should present relevant examples using the STAR format. Give us an example of how you have demonstrated the competency (which can be work related or from another area of your life) and tell us about the Situation, the specific Task you had to undertake, the specific Actions you took, and the Result (both immediate and in a wider context) of your doing so.

Examples should be given in no more than 250 words for each competency.


Competence 1

Professional competency

Technical Skills & Knowledge.

  • A broad working knowledge of technical and scientific capability. (Essential)
  • Project management experience or highly organised, with strong analytical skills and a track record of delivering work to deadlines. (Essential)
  • Experience of designing and delivering bespoke training content along with evaluation of training solutions. (Essential)

Competence 2

Professional competency

Personal Effectiveness

  • Share expertise and knowledge with people and networks so that you can develop together. (Practitioner)
  • Be ambitious, identify and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and the organisation you represent, and inspire others to act. (Practitioner)
  • Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience. (Practitioner)

Competence 3

Professional competency

Work Delivery

  • Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines. (Expert)
  • See the big picture so you can set your team’s work within the context of the organisation’s vision, mission and aims, and help them understand how their work relates to and supports this. (Practitioner)

Competence 4

Professional competency

Putting People at the Heart of the Environment

  • Listen to and understand diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and the organisation you represent. (Practitioner)
  • Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver Natural England’s vision, mission and aims. (Practitioner)

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