Local recruitment: Hydrogeologist

Environment Agency

Brampton, UK 🇬🇧

Job description

Groundwater is an important resource utilised for potable, agricultural and industrial uses. Groundwater baseflow contributions to rivers and wetlands are vital to their ecological health. The successful candidate will play a role in safeguarding and improving this vital resource for future generations.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who will primarily focus on water resources, ensuring the correct balance between abstraction and the needs for the environment are maintained. The team member will work closely with internal teams and external customers across a range of hydrogeological problems. The diverse range of work makes this an exciting opportunity for anybody looking to develop a career in hydrogeology. The team member will help solve complex hydrogeological problems and provide robust technical advice.
Duties include:
• Undertaking Hydrogeological Risk Assessments.
• Analysing pumping test data.
• Supporting internal teams and customers by providing technical advice.
• Working with water companies and other abstractors to deliver environmental outcomes.
• Responding to planning applications.

Your base location will be Brampton. However, due to our current working arrangements, the role will involve home working. Under normal circumstances you’ll be based at an EA office which will be agreed with the successful candidates.

The team

The Groundwater and Contaminated Land Team is a multifunctional team focused on protecting both the quality and quantity of our groundwater and dealing with the legacy of land contamination. The team provides technical support to other operational teams including the National Permitting Service, Environment Management and Sustainable Places. Our primary goal is to protect groundwater as a vital resource for current and future generations by ensuring the correct balance of abstraction and environmental flow needs.

Experience/skills required

• You are passionate about protecting the environment and preserving our valuable wetlands, rivers and groundwater resources.

• You hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Hydrogeology or a relevant subject.

• You understand the fundamental principles of Hydrogeology and how human activity impacts the quantity and quality of groundwater resources. Awareness of key groundwater legislation and regulatory issues would be advantageous. Beyond this, on the job training will be provided.

• You can assess and conceptualise scientific information to provide internal and external audiences with sound technical advice, suited to their level of understanding.

• You are good at managing and prioritising your work.

A full UK driving licence is desirable but non-essential.

Please read the candidate pack and role profile available below to understand the key accountabilities and skills needed to succeed.

Our guide to answering capability questions, the EA capability dictionary, can be viewed by searching online.

Contact and additional information

We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community who wish to join an organisation which values everyone.

Everyone starting in a new role will be given the training and support needed.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and there are fully funded opportunities to develop further academic/professional qualifications.

The posts are full-time although requests for other work patterns will be considered.

The Environment Agency take part in incident response. There are opportunities to get involved and support depending on your role and circumstances. If successful your line manager will discuss arrangements with you.

If you have any questions please contact the hiring manager: [email protected] or on 02030258420

Please note interviews will be held remotely by video conference.

Job description attachment 1  Candidate Pack – 19847.docx – 772KB 
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Job description attachment 2  Job Profile – 19847.pdf – 69KB 

Closing Date:  08/11/2021, 23:55 hours

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Competence 1: Achieves Results
Description
Please note we do not accept CVs. It is your answer given to the question below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Please provide an example of a piece of work you have delivered to a high standard. Please explain how you ensured you met those high standards and how you prioritised and organised your time or resources to ensure you achieved what was required in a timely manner.

Competence 2: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description
Please note we do not accept CVs. It is your answer given to the question below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Please provide an example of where you have had to make a difficult decision in order to solve a complex problem? Please describe how you reached the decision including what tools and information you used to help inform the decision and how you came to select your chosen course of action.

Competence 3: Communicates Effectively
Description
Please note we do not accept CVs. It is your answer given to the question below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Please provide an example of a time where you have had to communicate a technical decision to a non-technical audience/individual? Consider how you identified the needs of the audience/individual and highlight both verbal and written methods of communication you used.

Competence 4: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Description
Please note we do not accept CVs. It is your answer given to the question below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Please provide an example where you have delivered excellent customer service. Please focus on how you identified your customers and their needs, how you dealt with any problems and ensured they received the information they required.

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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