Local recruitment: Hydrogeologist (Strategic Planner)

Scottish Water

Scotland, UK 🇬🇧

Together we are Trusted to Serve Scotland.

Scottish Water has an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, flexible and experienced Hydrogeologist to join the Water Resources Hydrology team within the Strategic Customer Service Planning Directorate. The position is available as a fixed-term contract until September 2023, based in the Central Belt (although other locations will be considered) through a hybrid working arrangement.

About the Role
Through Scottish Water’s Strategic Plan, managing our water resources is vital to ensure we adapt to climate change challenges, safeguard the resilience of water supplies and to protect the environment.  Scottish Water has 185 Water Resource Zones which are supplied by over 400 raw water sources, including 10 spring and 40 borehole systems spread across Scotland.

This key role will be to provide specialist and professional advice on complex water resource issues with specific responsibility for our groundwater sources. You will be a member of the Water Resources Hydrology team which comprises 8 staff with technical specialities in hydrology, hydrogeology and drought planning, working closely with another hydrogeologist in the team.

Specifically, the role will include:

  • Groundwater monitoring, including analysis of borehole and spring telemetry data, and undertaking site visits to manage data loggers and calibrate telemetry data with field measurements of groundwater levels.
  • Support of the borehole maintenance programme including CCTV reviews and giving guidance on borehole cleaning, integrity of borehole casings or other remedial actions.
  • Undertaking annual reviews of borehole performance using groundwater level and flow data.
  • Assessment of groundwater source yields.
  • Support for drought planning and drought incident management involving issues with groundwater yield or quality.
  • Planning for pollution prevention & mitigation for internal & external developments.
  • Hydrogeological support for water resource planning to inform investment requirements and abstraction licensing.
  • Support for water abstraction licensing regulatory requirements
  • Maintenance of a groundwater database.
  • This role is partially field based and may contain an element of lone working. Full training and protection will be provided to enable you to carry out the role safely.

Essential Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

The successful candidate will possess a relevant degree and preferably higher qualification in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Engineering or other relevant science discipline together with a minimum of 3 years’ experience.    

The role holder should be capable of advising independently on complex groundwater resource issues, but also must be a strong team player, who can work well with others to achieve common goals.  It is essential that candidates have:

  • Experience in the application of hydrogeological knowledge and assessment. 
  • Good IT and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to plan and prioritise your work, whilst maintaining flexibility to accommodate changing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to communicate complex groundwater issues and solutions to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to display initiative and demonstrate drive, enthusiasm and where appropriate, innovation, in meeting objectives.
  • Experience or an understanding of working within a strong Health & Safety culture to ensure that all Health and Safety policies and procedures are adhered to.

It is desirable that you have field experience of drilling, pumping tests and groundwater monitoring.

Salary Range ÂŁ34,609 – ÂŁ47149

Closing date is 5th November 2021

Do you have any Assistive Support Requirements? If we can support you further at any point during your application to Scottish Water, then please let us know by emailing[email protected]

Working at Scottish Water

Scottish Water is one of the UK’s leading water companies, the quality of drinking water and satisfaction with the service we provide our customers has never been higher – but we want to be even better – and you could help play an important part!

We take employee engagement very seriously and have an inclusive and collaborative work environment where we respect people’s differences. We are committed to creating an engaging environment and a positive experience for our employees and we have an inclusive and collaborative work environment.

We were recently recognised as a Top 10 Flexible Employer in Scotland at the Flexibility Works Awards 2021 and by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women in 2019.
In 2019 we also won the Age Inclusive Award at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards and were winners of the Best Public Sector Employer at the Family Friendly Working Scotland Awards 2020.
We have Carers Positive Exemplary Status and were Silver Award 2019 & Gold Award winners 2020 of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

We aim for work to be an energising and fulfilling experience and everyone plays their part to ensure that Scottish Water is trusted to serve our customers and communities.

We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and are proud to have achieved the Gold standard in the Investors in Young People accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to creating rewarding opportunities for young people. 

You will have access to a host of benefits which include 37 days holiday a year, a defined benefit pension scheme, a discounted medical cash plan and cycle to work, plus a variety of agile working arrangements and family-friendly policies designed to support your wellbeing.

Next Steps

Any offer of employment with Scottish Water will be subject to the successful completion of a mandatory pre-employment screening process, including Disclosure Scotland and eligibility to work in the UK. Details can be found on our website.

For more information about this role or if you require any additional support throughout the application process please contact the recruitment team: [email protected]