Local recruitment: Environmental / Water Resource Modeller

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description  

Do you have a passion for our most precious and challenging resource? Are you motivated by the chance to make a difference to the way water resources infrastructure is developed? Then this may be the opportunity for you.

Water companies are being funded over the next 5 years to develop and progress to a ‘construction ready’ state a number of regional and nationally strategic water supply options such as reservoirs and water transfers. ‘RAPID’, a new organisation including the Environment Agency, OFWAT and Drinking Water Inspectorate has been formed to oversee the process.

Working primarily with technical team members as well as a diverse range of stakeholders including RAPID, water companies, regional groups, and academic project partners, your role will involve two aspects. First, to support the development of national water resources modelling capabilities for assessing the benefits of potential water supply options. Second, to support modelling work to investigate the relationship between environmental sustainability and strategic water supply options You’ll need to be able to draw on modelling expertise in order to quantitatively assess the performance of options and identify synergies/trade-offs between them. This will involve data processing, running specialised programs and drawing together findings in a logical way.

The team  

Positioned within Operations Catchment Services and working closely with Natural England, the new ‘National Appraisal Unit’ will oversee the environmental assessments of supply options and provide timely, consistent and robust evidence based recommendations to RAPID and other key stakeholders. The team will support the wider business by providing project management and technical skills and resources.

The role will also involve working as part of a virtual team along with RAPID and the academic project partners.

Experience/skills required  

We are seeking an individual with extensive water resources and/or environmental modelling experience. Qualified to at least degree standard in a relevant discipline, highly numerate with strong analytical skills, have experience working on multi-stakeholder projects, and delivering results to tight deadlines. Ideally, you will have most of the following skills:

• Highly motivated self-starter/self-learner with good interpersonal skills and commitment to continuous improvement.
• Proven ability using different modelling techniques and software/programs.
• High level of numeracy with strong data processing/manipulation and computer programming skills
• Ability to understand and communicate complex technical concepts to different audiences
• Good problem solving, decision making and scientific reasoning skills
• Good personal resilience
• Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships.
• Identifies potential problems and proactively innovates solutions
• Adept at working both collaboratively, as part of a virtual team, and independently

Ability to handle multiple work streams and priorities

Contact and additional information  

The role will require some travel to other Environment Agency sites, external meetings and occasional overnight stays.

Interviews are planned during weeks commencing 27th September and 4th October 2021

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Elliot Tinton, OCS Manager, on tel. 07795390157 or via email [email protected] Or Jonny Wilson on +447769241430

More information can be found in the candidate pack. Our ultimate aim is for an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity in the communities we work with and the environment we protect.

Job description attachment 1  Candidate Pack – 19292.docx – 772KB 

Job description attachment 2  Job Profile – 19292.docx – 56KB 

Closing Date: 22/09/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1  Data and Information Management


Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Competence 2  Achieves Results


Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results

Competence 3  Takes Decisions and Solves Problems


Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions

Competence 4  Focuses on Customers and Partners


Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.

4 days remaining

Apply by 22 September, 2021