Local recruitment: Groundwater Protection Officer

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic team player to join the Solent and South Downs Groundwater, Hydrology and Contaminated Land (GWHCL) team. Our Area (Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, West and East Sussex) is heavily dependent on groundwater for drinking water and other uses and you will play a critical role in safeguarding the quality of this important resource and ensuring that improvements to quality are achieved. You will provide: –

Technical advice and administrative support for our Area Groundwater Quality Monitoring Network – Technical advice and administrative support for permitting and planning consultations – Contributions to responses to enquiries including Freedom of Information and Environmental Information requests – Participation in projects such as the Aquifer Partnership (TAP) – Technical advice and general support for incident response and recovery.

This role is initially being offered on a temporary basis but there is a possibility of it becoming a permanent position.

The team

The GWHCL Team focuses on protecting groundwater resources and improving water quality in an area which is heavily reliant on groundwater for drinking water. Groundwater protection work includes provision of expert advice to internal and external customers to reduce groundwater pollution and improve groundwater quality. We support environmental permitting across a range of activities, respond to planning consultations, including high profile infrastructure and developments and give risk-based technical and regulatory advice on land contamination sites.

Experience/skills required

• You will have a degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline
• You’ll be able to demonstrate a good understanding of geology, hydrogeology and chemistry.
• Have a good eye for detail
• Communicate effectively with a wide range of people
• Research and analyse problems
• Achieve results to tight deadlines
• You can work with GIS and databases
• You’ll have knowledge of legislation, regulations and policies that help to protect groundwater in England.

Contact and additional information

“We don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities and our environment.

We support flexible working hours and practices to help you strike a good balance between your work and your personal life. We will also encourage you to keep developing your skills and professional knowledge throughout your career. The job can be based in any SSD office. The team are currently doing the majority of their work, remotely, from home.

If you would like more information please get in touch with Paul Batty tel 02030257202 email paul,[email protected]

Interviews will be held remotely by video conference date to be confirmed.

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Closing Date:  09/11/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required  Basic Check

Length of contract  Up to 6 months

Competence 1: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Describe a situation when you have dealt with a request for information or data from a customer highlighting your approach and any particular challenges you overcame .

Competence 2: Achieves Results
Describe a large piece of work contributed to, working as part of a team,highlighting what you did, challenges you overcame and how you made it a success.

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Describe a situation where you have tackled a problem through your own analyses and recommendations, highlighting your approach, particular challenges you overcame and what you learnt from it.

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.