Local recruitment: Groundwater Protection Technical Officer

Environment Agency

Reading, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description  

An exciting opportunity for you as an emerging or established professional to help protect and enhance our valuable groundwater resource in Thames Area. As part of a supportive, well-established and highly regarded team you will work to secure the sustainable management of our groundwater.

You will:

• Provide technical support to protect groundwater through mechanisms including environmental permitting and the planning regime
• Interpret technical information including geological, hydrogeological and land quality data, conceptualise your understanding in four dimensions, undertake hydrogeological risk assessments and deliver decisions to protect groundwater based on sound evidence and good practice
• Provide technical advice and support on a wide range of activities including waste management, effluent discharges to ground, pollution incidents and remediation schemes, water resources catchment planning and management, and water resource permits
• Contribute to the management of our monitoring network and the data it produces
• Build relationships and engage positively with a variety of customers both internal and external.

The team  

The Groundwater Resources and Contaminated Land Team focuses on protecting and improving groundwater. Our work includes providing expert advice to internal and external customers to support environmental permitting across a wide range of activities. We respond to planning consultations, including high profile infrastructure developments and give risk-based technical and regulatory advice on land contamination sites. We also provide technical advice on a range of water resource management activities including WFD, abstraction management, and permitting.

Experience/skills required  

With experience in groundwater protection you will be versatile, self-motivated and able to quickly contribute to the work of our busy team.

You will:

• Hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant geoscience discipline
• Have experience of land and groundwater contamination issues and groundwater resources management and regulation
• Be a great communicator with an ability to present clear, well-reasoned arguments based on your understanding of a range of environmental issues
• Manage, analyse and present a range of environmental data
• Have good IT skills and be able to use of a range of computer systems including GIS and MS Office.
• Have experience of undertaking hydrogeological risk assessments and understand how to apply their outputs
• Demonstrate a good knowledge of relevant environmental legislation.
• Be supported to undertake a role to support the Environment Agency’s wider response to pollution and flooding incidents.

Contact and additional information  

You will be based in our Wallingford office in Oxfordshire although you will also need to be able to travel to our other area office in Reading. Flexible working arrangements will also be considered.

Depending on the outcome of the selection process, we may offer posts as development grade 3 roles. This provides an additional 12 month structured training programme to develop the required capabilities before progression to a grade 4 technical officer.

We strive to be a diverse and inclusive organisation where every individual has equality of opportunity to progress and to apply their unique insights to making the UK a great place for living.

For further information contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 1 November 2021

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Closing Date: 11/10/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1  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

Explain with examples the practical steps and routines you follow to manage your workload and maximise your effectiveness.
Give an example when these strategies have been particularly effective and when you have had to adapt to meet a particular challenge.

Competence 2  Influences and Persuades Others


Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

You will need to be influential and persuasive. Tell us about a time when you persuaded others to change their point of view.

Competence 3  

Multi-dimensional Conceptualisation


Collects and visualises information in three or four dimensions in order to gain a greater understanding of the information.

Describe an occasion when you have worked with a conceptualisation you have developed in four dimensions to draw robust and defensible conclusions.

How did you deal with complexity, variability and take account of uncertainty?

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.