We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment. Acting to reduce the impacts of a changing climate on people and wildlife is at the heart of everything we do. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and driven individuals for this exciting and challenging hands on role in Lancashire. As a Team member you will operate our flood assets and defences and put our contingency plans into action during a flood incident. You will also carry out the routine maintenance programme, which includes repairing flood defences, mowing embankments, de-weeding river channels, and removing in channel blockages to allow the free flow of water. You must be willing to work outdoors in all weathers and have good communication and team work skills.
You will be entered onto the Level 3 Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship scheme, giving you a high quality training and development framework.
• Completing activities safely and in line with health, safety and wellbeing practice and our HSW culture
• Incident response for both flooding and environmental incidents, inside and outside of normal working hours (standby allowance and overtime payment on top of the basic pay)
• Operating our flood risk assets and equipment, such as deploying sandbags and temporary barriers, mobile pumps and pollution equipment
• Working with contractors who deliver both maintenance and incident work on our behalf
Our field teams protect people and the environment by maintaining and operating our flood and coastal risk management assets and responding to incidents locally across East, Central and South Lancashire, as well as nationally. Field teams have a range of technical skills used in the maintenance of watercourses, along with asset maintenance and small construction projects. The team handle a variety of specialist equipment including plant and boats, chainsaws and mowing equipment. The field teams also support our incident response, day and night, through a standby rota that attracts additional allowances.
We welcome applications from anyone, from any background and mix of experience, you may have valuable transferrable skills. Experience of field or site based work is beneficial however, good team work and communication skills with a positive attitude are essential.
• Self-motivated, with the ability to work well in a team and independently
• Positive and adaptable
• Able to communicate effectively with colleagues, landowners and the public
• A good understanding of site based health and safety requirements and be able to maintain/develop a strong HSW culture on site
• Literacy and numeracy skills are required
• Competent with IT, such as Microsoft word, and IT devices such as the iPad and iPhone
A full UK driving licence is required
Contact and additional information
You will be part of a diverse organisation which takes pride in welcoming applicants from all sections of the community.
Everyone starting in a role will be welcomed into the team and given the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.
We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and opportunities to progress your career with us via professional training routes. You will be entered onto the Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship and will be given the time and support required.
This role includes being on a standby rota which attracts additional payments on top of the basic salary.
For any questions please contact: Field Team Leader Lee Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or on telephone number 07768 905 961 or Isabel Dixon at Isabel.email@example.com or on telephone number 07919110742.