Local recruitment: Hydrometry and Telemetry Officer

Environment Agency

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description
We have an exciting opportunity to join an environmental monitoring team who collect quantative river, groundwater and rainfall data. Our current vacancy has a strong focus on data quality management, which means you will be involved in analysing, validating and quality assuring the data collected and ensuring that it meets our customer needs. It will also give first-hand experience of using the telemetry system to bring near real time data into the office, as well as participate in a range of monitoring methods out in the field.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Daily checks of our telemetry sites for faults.
  • Populating databases with level and flow information.
  • Responding to requests for data and helping customers get the information they need.
  • Helping us manage our records and information.
  • Completing the annual Quality Assurance checks we make on the data from our sites.
  • Supporting the team to deliver field monitoring and fault fixing at our telemetry sites.
  • Asset management of our monitoring network.
  • Participating in standby and call out rotas to ensure effective, efficient, timely and safe responses to incidents.
    The team
    The Hydrometry and Telemetry team collects and processes hydrometric data which is essential for the assessment and management of water in the environment. We also manage, operate and maintain many hydrometric and field telemetry assets to ensure accurate and reliable data is continuously available for customers. Our monitoring service underpins many of the Environment Agency’s responsibilities relating to flood forecasting, warning, incident management and managing our water resources.
    Experience/skills required
    You will need to have an aptitude for numbers, demonstrate a logical and analytical mind, and be prepared to pay special attention to detail when it comes to analysing trends in large data sets.

Other key requirements for this job include excellent communication skills, proficiency in word, excel and database management along with a passion for analysis and problem solving.

As you will also gain experience working in the field, you must be happy to work outdoors and be willing to travel across Hertfordshire and North London to access field sites.
Contact and additional information
This role is a development role and on successful completion of a development framework the post will become a permanent grade 4 and attract a salary of £28785.

For further information please contact Angus Richardson [email protected]

Job description attachment 1  Candidate Pack – 19383.docx – 771KB 

Job description attachment 2  Job Profile – 19383.docx – 54KB 

Closing Date: 24/09/2021, 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.
Please give an example of when you have had to analyse and interpret data and present it in a useable format:
– What was the situation and what was your role?
– What data were you required to supply?
– How did you ensure the quality of the data?
– What were the main challenges and how did you overcome them?

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.
Describe a time you set a challenging goal for yourself and the steps that you took to achieve it. What was your approach, how did you monitor progress and what did you learn?
– What was your approach?
– How did you monitor progress?
– What did you learn and what would you do differently in future?

Competence 3  Manages Self


Manage your health and safety
Making sure your own behaviour reduces risks to the health and safety of yourself and others.
Using an example from a current or previous role, or hobby/past time, tell us about your approach to managing your own health, safety and wellbeing.
– What was the situation?
– How did you identify the risks?
– What actions did you take to address them?
– Would you do anything differently in future?

Competence 4  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.
Tell us about a time when you have had to co-ordinate information from a variety of sources in order to solve a difficult technical problem.
– What was your approach?
– How did you analyse the information to solve the problem?
– What were the challenges?
– What did you learn?

Role specific license requirements  Driving License

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 24 September, 2021