Local recruitment: G5 Technical Specialist - Water Resources / Hydrology

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

Do you have a passion for our precious water? Are you motivated by the chance to influence the way national water resources infrastructure is developed? If so, this may be the opportunity for you.

Water companies are funded over the next 5 years to develop regional and nationally Strategic Resource Options (SROs) such as reservoirs and water transfers.

Working primarily with technical team members and a diverse range of stakeholders including RAPID, water companies, regional groups, and Area specialists your role will involve leading technical water resources and hydrological assessment of SRO in the Midlands. This will include reviewing the scope of gated assessments, including monitoring and methodologies proposed to understand water resources impacts of proposed SRO. Supporting assessments of water availability, you will also review the calibration, validation and outputs of hydrological models to understand future operation of SROs. You will help to scope, develop and agree appropriate mitigation measures and permit conditions where necessary.

Keeping track of developments in water resources legislation, strategy and policy you will ensure that water resources assessments are fit for the future.

Your great communications skills and ability to build relationships quickly will make you a success in this role.

The team

Positioned in one of our Midlands operational Areas, you will work in either the Water Transfer Team or integrated Environment Planning team, supporting the ‘National Appraisal Unit’ to oversee the environmental assessments of strategic water resources supply options and provide timely, consistent and robust evidence-based recommendations to RAPID and other key stakeholders.
The role will also involve working as part of a virtual team along with RAPID and the academic project partners.

Experience/skills required

We are seeking an individual with extensive water resources and hydrological modelling experience. You’ll be qualified to at least degree standard in a relevant discipline, be highly numerate with strong analytical skills and have experience working on multi-stakeholder projects and delivering results to tight deadlines. The ideal candidate will have all/most of the following skills:

-Highly motivated self-starter/self-learner with good interpersonal skills and commitment to continuous improvement
-Experience of developing, interpreting and applying Abstraction Licensing Strategies and supporting resource assessments
-Experience of hydraulic and hydro-ecological modelling
-Knowledge of the Tame, Trent & Humber river catchments
-Ability to understand and communicate complex technical concepts to different audiences
-Good problem solving, decision making and scientific reasoning skills
-Good personal resilience
-Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships
-Identifies potential problems and proactively innovates solutions
-Adept at working collaboratively, in a virtual team, and independently
-Ability to handle multiple work-streams and priorities

Contact and additional information

The role will require some travel to other Environment Agency sites, external meetings and occasional overnight stays.

Interviews are planned between 16-25 February 2022.

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Elliot Tinton, OCS Manager, on tel. 07795390157 or via email [email protected].

More information can be found in the candidate pack. Our ultimate aim is for an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity in the communities we work with and the environment we protect.

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Closing Date: 24/01/2022, 23:55 hours

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Competence 1: Strategic Environment Planning
Understands current and future environmental pressures, engages partners and ensures delivery.

Competence 2: 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

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions

Competence 4: Communicates Effectively
Uses range of communication methods to ensure effective understanding. Ensures communication is two-way; responds and acts on feedback. When presenting is easily understood and inspires attention from audience.

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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