Local recruitment: Hydrogeologist (Technical Specialist) 

Environment Agency

Brampton, UK 🇬🇧

Ely, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: East of England
City/Town: Brampton , Ely
Building/Site: Ely Office, Brampton Office
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £36,389

Job description

The Environment Agency plays an important role in protecting and enhancing the quality and sustainable use of our water resources. Our water resources are a vital to the ecological health of our environment. Water resources are equally vital economically and socially, utilised for public water supply, agriculture and industry. This role will contribute to ensuring our water resources are managed sustainably by helping to maintain a sustainable balance between abstraction the needs of the environment.

Groundwater is a key part of the East Anglia’s water resource. The successful candidate will:
• play an essential role in safeguarding and improving this vital resource for future generations.
• work closely with internal and external customers across a range of hydrogeological problems.
• Use a variety of tools and experience to help solve complex hydrogeological problems and provide robust technical advice.
The diverse range of work makes this an exciting opportunity to apply your hydrogeological knowledge across a range of water resources and water quality issues.

Main duties include:
• Undertaking and reviewing Hydrogeological Risk Assessments.
• Providing specialist technical guidance on complex hydrogeological issues.
• Coaching and mentoring staff to develop their hydrogeological understanding.
• Working with others to deliver environmental outcomes.

The team

The Groundwater and Contaminated Land Team is multi-functional team focused on protecting both the quality and quantity of our groundwater resource. The team provides technical support to internal teams and external customers on a range of groundwater related issues including:

  • Abstraction licencing
  • Permitting
  • Planning advice
  • Catchment management
  • Groundwater vulnerability

The team also provides technical input to enforcement cases and incident response activities where groundwater is at risk.

Experience/skills required

You should hold a relevant geoscience or environmental degree and proven practical experience in the field of hydrogeology. A post graduate degree in a subject such as hydrogeology is helpful, but not essential.

Experience of analysing and interpreting information informing decision making, using a variety of sources of data to help draw robust technical recommendations.

As a confident communicator you will be able to convey information and ideas easily to a range of audiences and have experience of coaching and mentoring on complex technical issues.

Demonstrate proven knowledge of groundwater protection and how this relates to a sustainable use of water resources. A working knowledge of water resource legislation would be helpful.

The candidate must be proficient in using Geographical Information Systems and have experience of data handling, time and file management and excellent organisational skills.

Full UK driving licence would be helpful.

Professional membership is strongly encouraged.
Contact and additional information
In East Anglia we want to create a diverse workplace where individuals are respected, valued and listened to. We’re all different, and by embracing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) we can become an equal opportunity employer where we grow and learn together.

It is our ambition to champion diversity through building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.

For more info on working with us see https://environmentagencycareers.co.uk/

We offer a fantastic benefits package including an attractive salary, flexible working, 25 days annual leave, and an award-winning Pension Fund. See the candidate pack for more details.

For further information relating to this role, please contact James Watson on 07810 656592 or [email protected] or Jonathan Thompson on 07776 172328 or [email protected]

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Closing Date: 11/07/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please note we do not assess CVs. Your answers to these capability questions will be used to determine interview selection.

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 2: Coaches Others
Please provide an example of where you have successfully coached someone to help their development? Please focus on the methods used and how you ensured the development was successful and if there is anything you learnt from the process?

Competence 3: Influences and Persuades Others
Describe how you have presented a case in a convincing and attractive way changing the direction of an organisation, winning people over, and ultimately encouraging them to follow a different route willingly. What did you do that made the difference in succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail?

Competence 4: Achieves Results
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.

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.