The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.
As well as being at the heart of the government’s plans to support a green and fair recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, Defra continues to deliver an ambitious agenda, setting global standards in protecting and enhancing our natural environment for future generations.
The Government is committed to becoming the first generation to leave the environment in a better condition than it found it, and the 25 Year Plan for the Environment sets out the policies we will introduce to achieve this ambitious objective.
Our plans, in Defra’s Land Use division, go hand in hand with the Government’s commitment to deliver the homes and commercial development this country needs, by putting the environment at the heart of the planning process.
The Defra group proudly supports flexible working. The majority of our roles are based in our policy hubs in York, Bristol and London and you may be able to work in a different Defra office.
You will need to agree your location and working arrangements in advance of taking up post.
Candidates that pass the interview with the 4 highest scores will be offered Permanent contracts and the candidates that pass the interview with the next 2 lower scores will be offered Fixed Term Appointment contracts for 2 Years..
Based in Defra’s Environment Strategy Directorate, these are exciting roles within an important policy area. They will focus on land use policy, including planning for the environment in relation to :
The roles will work closely with others in Defra group, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and other key stakeholders including Local Authorities, environmental organisations and the development sector to ensure that policy and legislation takes account of best practice and works effectively within the planning system.
We are looking to fill roles working on Local Nature Recovery Networks, Biodiversity Net Gain, and environmental planning reform but other opportunities may arise across land use.
For some roles, we are specifically seeking candidates who can demonstrate professional experience of working on planning issues and / or dealing with environmental requirements in planning, as well as experience of using / applying planning legislation.
These skills are not required for all the roles.
If you have these skills, or other areas of expertise relevant to the Land Use teams in Defra, applications will be welcomed from any candidates who can demonstrate that they meet the essential selection criteria (behaviours) for the role.
Candidates will be tested against the following criteria at interview :