Local recruitment: Hydrologist (Technical Officer)

Environment Agency

Brampton, UK 🇬🇧

Peterborough, UK 🇬🇧

Job description  

Water resources are under pressure. We need your help to manage them sustainably. Become a hydrologist at the Environment Agency and you can play your part in helping us tackle the climate emergency through our long-term goals, namely: a nation resilient to climate change; healthy air, land and water; green growth and a sustainable future.

Your responsibilities will be varied and always rewarding. They include:

• managing water resources in drought incidents;
• producing weekly and monthly water situation reports;
• managing water transfer schemes, including making decisions on whether to transfer water and for how long;
• using river flow and groundwater data from multiple hydrometric stations to assess how much water is available to end users in different catchments;
• modelling and forecasting river flows;
• quality assuring river flow data, ensuring it is fit for purpose;
• responding to consultations on abstraction licence and hydropower scheme applications.

Key to all this is building relationships with our customers – within the Environment Agency and outside in society – who are affected by how water resources are managed in this part of England.

The team  

The Hydrology & Operations Team covers a wide geographical area, spanning Milton Keynes, Kings Lynn, Peterborough and up to Lincoln and the Humber.
We provide an integrated hydrology service, analysing, modelling, forecasting and reporting how much water is available for end users and the environment, and making decisions on when to operate our various water transfer schemes, which move water around and between catchments. We are also heavily involved in managing drought incidents.

Experience/skills required  

You are comfortable in using data and evidence to solve complex problems and are able to explain your decisions to wide-ranging customers. You can manage your own workload and are happy to collaborate with others to produce the best result for the environment. As well as receiving the support and training you need to do this, you will be eager to explore innovative ways of working to produce even better outcomes. As you will be building relationships with both internal and external customers, you can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

You will ideally have a good understanding of hydrology, demonstrated through applying different hydrological techniques to real world situations. You may have a relevant degree (e.g. an earth science or numerical degree) or equivalent, or have previous experience in a role relating to water resources.

Contact and additional information  

Preferred base locations are offices in Peterborough, Kettering and Lincoln.
We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities for all. We are determined to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, neuro-diverse people and people with gender diverse identities.

The Environment Agency offer an extensive range of employee benefits. For further information on this role, the employee benefits and the work of the Environment Agency, please download the candidate pack.

For any questions relating to this role, please contact: [email protected]

Please note that that your answers to the competency questions (below) will be used to decide interview selection.

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Closing Date: 03/10/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract:  up to 31/08/2022

Competence 1  

Achieves Results

Description  Definition: Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results
Question: Describe a time when you have had to manage and deliver multiple pieces of work with different deadlines.

Competence 2  Data and Information Management


Definition: Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.
Question: Provide an example of when you have managed data (e.g. analysis, manipulation, interpretation) to make an informed decision

Competence 3  Focuses on Customers and Partners


Definition: Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses
Question: Provide an example of a time when you have responded to the needs of a customer, explaining how you ensured their needs were met.

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.





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