Senior Economist

Organisation
Natural England
Locations

Nationwide (UK)

Application Deadline
Salary
£33,736

Reference number: 248951

Salary: £33,736

Job grade: Senior Executive Officer / Senior Specialist

Contract type: Permanent

Type of role: Environment and Sustainability

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

Number of jobs available: 1

Location: Nationwide: East Midlands (England), East of England, London (region), North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

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
  • 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 www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Senior Economist to join our team at Natural England. In economics, our aim is to ensure the full value of the natural environment is included in decisions. We achieve this by undertaking high-quality economic analysis and applying it to real world decision-making, improving the environmental economics evidence base and the way it is applied and used. This role will involve applying your technical knowledge, experience and critical thinking to complex and novel questions.

Based in the Chief Scientists Directorate, we work closely with other disciplines, such as social science and natural capital specialists to provide practical, evidence-based, advice that makes a difference to decision-making. We therefore bridge the worlds of research, on-the-ground delivery and decision-support.

Economists in Natural England work in a small, collaborative team, undertaking a variety of cross-cutting, high-profile projects. These include undertaking economic analysis to support Spending Review bids and develop Impact Assessments, producing Natural Capital Accounts, developing economic models to assess environmental projects and developing tools to support organisations in factoring environmental considerations into strategic and site-based decision-making.

We work across the organisation, applying economics to a wide range of subject areas, including health and wellbeing, nature recovery, economic development, marine and green finance. We also work closely with other organisations, such as Defra and Other Government Departments, on new research to improve the valuation evidence base and to develop guidance on the inclusion of natural capital in economic analysis. Natural Capital has a high profile across Government and the private sector.

Our economists stay at the forefront of developments in environmental economics and have built a reputation for providing innovative, high-quality analytical advice.

The broad nature of the role means there is significant scope for personal development and developing areas of personal interest. We also have a strong informal and formal training offer.

Role Responsibility

The successful candidates will be confident and experienced economists, able to lead specific topics within Natural England’s work. Specifically, this will include:

  • Undertaking economic analysis to demonstrate the value of the natural environment.
  • Working with others across Natural England, and outside the organisation, to identify the economic analysis and research required to support delivery of Natural England’s objectives.
  • Appropriately framing environmental economic challenges in order to influence decision-makers.
  • Commissioning high-quality analysis, research and decision-support tools.
  • Providing quality assurance and advice on analysis, research and decision-support tools produced by others.
  • Undertaking coaching and training in economics to Natural England staff, and
  • Providing support to Economists.

Benefits

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.

Closing date: 23rd December 2022


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