Local recruitment: Technical Specialist (Groundwater Modelling South East)

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 2
Region: East Midlands, East of England, South East, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber
City/Town: Brampton , Bridgwater , Bristol , Canterbury , Colchester , Farnham , Ipswich , Lincoln , Norwich , Reading , Sheffield , Spalding , Wallingford , West Malling , York
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £36,389

Job description

We are enhancing our efforts to restore chalk streams by creating a range of new posts across England. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an innovative national programme focussed on achieving sustainable abstraction and healthy rivers across chalk catchments. Fundamental to this will be the further development of our groundwater modelling programme of work to help identify solutions to unsustainable abstraction.

The role includes:

Working with the Chalk Streams programme team and hydroecology leads to develop and coordinate a programme of groundwater investigations and modelling to support the Chalk Streams initiative

Undertaking field investigations, and improvement of groundwater models to allow testing of scenarios to support water resources and water quality decision-making

Managing projects within the groundwater programme from project initiation to the delivery of outputs

Acting as a focus of expertise for groundwater investigations and modelling within the context of the Chalk Streams initiative, and keeping abreast of technical investigation and modelling work being undertaken across the Environment Agency and externally that could be relevant to the Chalk Streams programme

Organising the issue of intellectual property licences to external organisations seeking to use Environment Agency data, information, and models

The team

You will join either the Technical Projects Team within the Environment and Business Groundwater Team or the local area Groundwater Modelling team. The teams provide technical leadership on groundwater investigations and modelling. This includes working with internal and external stakeholders to specify modelling scenarios, interpret model results and support decision-making.

Experience/skills required

Relevant Degree in Earth Sciences or Engineering, with a Higher Degree in Hydrology, Hydrogeology or Water Resources Engineering,

experience of working in groundwater resources assessment

sound understanding of groundwater modelling is important, sufficient to provide technical leadership in groundwater modelling: Hands-on experience of running groundwater models would be an advantage

skills in interpreting groundwater model results and supporting the input of model results to decision-making.

project management skills and experience are essential to allow: coordination of local Chalk Streams modelling work and linking to the hydroecology programme, gaining budget and project approval, procuring and managing consultants or in-house resources, and delivering project outputs within time, cost and quality constraints

good communication skills with the ability to work across many stakeholders, and to convey technical information to a range of audiences

Contact and additional information

As a national based role the location is flexible. Travel to various Environment Agency offices may be required as part of the roles.

Our team promotes an inclusive culture, and we welcome all applicants, especially colleagues who are disabled, LGBT+ or Black Asian and Minority Ethnic.

A reserve list will be held for this role for up to 12 months.

For an informal discussion about the role contact Mark Grout, Team Leader, Technical Projects Team +44 (0)7769 601 501

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Closing Date: 11/09/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Numerical Modelling and Forecasting
Interprets data and information to forecast the state of the environment, including large-scale trends such as climate change, and more localised forecasting such as pollution, flooding and water availability.

Explain how you would use groundwater investigations and modelling to support decision-making with regard to sustainable levels of groundwater abstraction, particularly across the Chalk of South East England.

Competence 2: Programme and Project Management
Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively.

Describe one of the key projects or programmes of work that you have managed focusing on the actions taken by you to move the project from initiation to delivery.

Competence 3: Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

In this role you will work with range of customers both internal Environment Agency Colleagues as well as External Water Companies and Partner organisations so experience of being able to address and respond to customers requirements will be essential. Please give an example of when you have responded to a customer’s query or request and why you believe you provided a Rapid and Effective response.

• What was the request or query?

• How did you go about ensuring you understood the request or query?

• What actions did you take to meet the customer or partners request or query?

• How do you know that you provided a Rapid or Effective response?

• What was the outcome?

• What did you learn from the experience?

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

Competence 4: Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge (various disciplines, depending on team role) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.

Describe how you have used scientific knowledge in your current role, and how that knowledge has influenced decision-making.

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.

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