Local recruitment: Water resources chalk hydroecology coordinator

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: National
City/Town: All
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £36,389

Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead our national work to understand the environmental impacts of water abstraction, drought, and climate change on the ecology of perennial and ephemeral reaches of chalk streams.

You will liaise between the National Water Resources Hydroecology Team and staff in Environmental Monitoring teams across the eight areas containing chalk streams. You’ll work closely with your counterpart chalk pan-area technical specialist and staff in Operations Catchment Services (OCS) delivering of the water resources chalk programme.

You will help design and commission national environmental monitoring on chalk streams, ensuring we have coverage across a range of environmental pressures and stream sizes.

You will deliver analysis of pan-area hydrological and ecological monitoring datasets. You’ll be keen to learn how to analyse the links between flow, abstraction and ecological response. We’ll need external support to deliver part of this work, so you’ll be comfortable managing external contractors.

You will use monitoring and modelled data to create national and regional tools to provide evidence to support decision making for long-term sustainable abstraction and drought resilience. You will lead for OCS on hydroecology modelling and work closely with hydrologists and groundwater modelling leads on developing our future assessment approaches.

The team

You will be part of the Sustainable Abstraction team which sits within the Water Resources department of Operations Catchment Services. 

The Sustainable Abstraction team offers a unique opportunity to provide a national once service supporting Areas to deliver sustainable abstraction for all regulated abstraction.  You will work closely with those individuals, colleagues within the 14 different geographic areas, as well as our wider OCS team and policy makers in the Environment and Business (E&B) department.

Experience/skills required

Essential
• Qualified to a higher education level in a relevant discipline
• Experience commissioning and / or designing freshwater ecological monitoring programmes
• Experience of managing projects delivered by internal staff and external contractors
• An understanding of the anthropogenic pressures affecting freshwater ecosystems, in particular issues arising from drought and water abstraction
• Experience managing and visualising spatial / temporal environmental monitoring data
• Experience of data analysis and interpretation using freshwater monitoring data
• Excellent communication skills

Desirable
• Knowledge of freshwater ecological survey techniques, including freshwater macro-invertebrate sampling, macrophyte survey and River Habitat Survey, and knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the various sources of hydrological data
• Experience linking and analysing hydrological and ecological data across multiple sites
• Experience in data science using modern tools such as R
• Understanding of the principles of groundwater models
Contact and additional information
You may well not have all the skills we’re looking for, but you’ll be keen to extend your knowledge: we’ll provide full training to fill any gaps.

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

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Mike Dunbar at [email protected] or tel. 07795 300653 or Polly Chancellor at [email protected] or on tel. 07785 520687

We welcome applications from anyone with the relevant skills to undertake this role.

Our aim is for an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity in the communities we work with and the environment we protect.

Interviews will be held virtually

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Closing Date:  12/07/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
Description
PLEASE NOTE: Your answer will be used for interview selection – please draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Description: Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

A key part of the job will be to deliver analysis of pan-area hydrological and ecological monitoring datasets. You will also support the use of the data to create national and regional tools to provide evidence and understanding to support decision making for long-term sustainable abstraction and drought resilience. Please give an example of when you have had to analyse and interpret data or evidence and present it to various audiences.

• What was the situation?
• What data or evidence did you work with and why?
• How did you ensure the quality of the data/evidence?
• How did you present it?
• What feedback did you receive?

You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

Competence 2: Communicates Effectively
Description
PLEASE NOTE: Your answer will be used for interview selection – please draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Description: Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

In this role you will liaise between the National Hydroecology Team in E&B Water Resources and area staff in Environmental Monitoring (Analysis and Reporting) teams across the areas. You’ll work particularly closely with your counterpart chalk pan-area technical specialist and staff in OCS responsible for delivery of the water resources chalk programme. Please give an example of a time where you have used a range of communication methods to ensure effective understanding.
• How did you plan your communication strategy?
• What techniques did you use and how did you engage and get feedback and buy-in?
• What was the outcome and what did you learn?

You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

Competence 3: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Description
PLEASE NOTE: Your answer will be used for interview selection – please draw out your skills and experience in your response.

Description: identifies and seizes the opportunity to create, introduce and implement new or improved methods, processes and without, compromising quality or accuracy.

In this role you will help design and commission national environmental monitoring on chalk streams, ensuring that there is coverage across a range of environmental pressures, stream sizes and flow / abstraction regimes. Describe a time when you had to seek out and implement an opportunity to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of a task or a team.

• How did you identify the opportunity to make changes?
• How did you plan and prioritise your work to meet your goal, and how did you get agreement from others?
• What was the outcome?
• What were your learning points and is there anything you would do differently if in a similar position in the future?

You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

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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