Local recruitment: Data Analyst Apprentice (Level 4), Hydrologist

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

We are an evidence-based organisation. Data is a huge part of this. We are looking for a Data Analyst Apprentice (Level 4) who delights in data, appreciates analysis, marvels at modelling and is interested in interpretation. And to do this as a Hydrologist. With water resources under pressure, there has never been a more important time to ensure the wide variety of hydrological data we use – to make decisions, manage incidents, create reports, operate our water transfer schemes – is correct, understood and applied properly.
You will be a Hydrologist in the Environment Agency, applying your passion for data to the world of water resources, and playing your part in helping us tackle the climate emergency.
Your role as a Hydrologist 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 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.

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 enjoy analysing data to help solve complex problems and look forward to communicating your findings to a wide-range of customers, in different ways. You can manage your own workload and are also happy to collaborate with others to produce the best result for the environment. As well as receiving the training you need to become a hydrologist, 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 partners, you can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

This is a career entry apprenticeship, so you don’t need to have any previous work experience in hydrology, although some understanding of hydrology (demonstrated through a relevant qualification (e.g. A level in an earth science or numerical discipline, or equivalent), and/or previous experience in a related role (paid or voluntary) would be an advantage.

Contact and additional information

You’ll complete the Data Analyst (Level 4) apprenticeship through a combination of online learning and remotely delivered workshops.
On completion of this apprenticeship, there will be an opportunity to explore doing the Data Scientist (Level 6) apprenticeship.
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 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.
Further information is in the candidate pack.
Any questions, please contact: [email protected]
Your answers to the competency questions are used to decide interview selection.

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Closing Date:
19/10/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required
Basic Check
Length of contract

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
Competency 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. collection, analysis, manipulation, interpretation) to come to a conclusion and/or make an informed decision. Explain the situation, what needed to be done, what you did, and what the end result was.

Competence 2: Achieves Results
Competency 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: Provide an example of a time when you have had to manage and deliver multiple pieces of work with different deadlines. Explain the situation, what needed to be done, what you did, and what the end result was.

Competence 3: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Competency 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. Explain the situation, what needed to be done, what you did, and what the end result was.

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.