Local recruitment: Water Resources Officer

Environment Agency

Chichester, UK 🇬🇧

Romsey, UK 🇬🇧

Worthing, UK 🇬🇧

Pevensey, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South East
City/Town: Chichester , Romsey , Worthing , Pevensey
Building/Site: Chichester Office, Pevensey Office, Romsey Office, Guildbourne House
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £28,785 Pro-rata

Job description

We are the Environment Agency. Working with government, councils, businesses, and communities, we make our environment a better place for people and wildlife.

If you have a strong interest in protecting our water environment, specifically groundwater, and are keen to develop your technical knowledge, analytical skills and project management capabilities, then we want to hear from you. You will gain experience of the varied work that goes into protecting our groundwater resources and why it is vital that we do.

This is a busy and varied role in which you will analyse and interpret data to support operational decisions, our environmental regulation and further our understanding of the stresses placed on our water resources as a result of climate change.

In this role you will:
• Advise on the impacts of groundwater abstraction;
• Advise on the groundwater extremes of drought and groundwater flooding;
• Work with water companies on restoring sustainable abstraction projects;
• Manage our groundwater level network, critical to our evidence base;
• Be the team lead responding to technical enquiries;
• Following training, undertake groundwater resource and pump test assessments.

The team

The post is part of the Groundwater, Hydrology and Contaminated Land team in Solent and South Downs Area. We are responsible for providing technical and scientific expertise to our field and flood forecasting teams, and to a wide range of external stakeholders, all to protect the quality and quantity of groundwater.
We are based in one of the Area offices listed above, with some home working, visits to other offices and occasional site work.

Experience/skills required

Enthusiastic and motivated you will have the ability to demonstrate the skills and experience below:

• An interest in water resources is essential, and a degree in hydrogeology or other environmental subject preferable;
• Good computer skills are essential, including the use of spreadsheets, databases and mapping systems;
• You’ll be an enthusiastic communicator who can analyse raw data and translate it into meaningful written statements that can be understood by a wide audience;
• An ability to identify solutions to improve business processes;
• Ability to prioritise effectively and manage multiple tasks;
• Experience of working as part of a team as well as being able to use your initiative to work independently;
• A full UK driving licence is desirable as you will need to carry out occasional site visits and travel between offices.

The Solent & South Downs Area of the Environment Agency covers, Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
For more information, please contact: Kim Newton, e-mail: [email protected] or Paul Batty at [email protected]

The Environment Agency is a Category 1 Responder, responding to serious flood and pollution incidents. Everyone has a role to play and we’ll help you to identify an incident role that fits with your skills, experience and personal circumstances. Full training will be available to support you.

For further information on this role, the employee benefits and the work of the Environment Agency, please download the candidate pack.
Interviews will be held remotely by video conference, date to be confirmed.

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Closing Date: 12/09/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Length of contract: Up to 12 Months

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
Description
It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser”.

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

Please provide an example of when you have collected, managed and interpreted data. Describe your aims and objectives and how you presented your findings.

Competence 2: Communicates Effectively
Description
It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser”.

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

Please provide an example of when you have used a range of communication styles to successfully convey complex information to an audience.

Competence 3; Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description
It is your answers given to the questions below that will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your response. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser”.

Description: Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

Please describe a time when you have faced a problem / challenge and what decisions you made to overcome it. Use this example to briefly explain the problem / challenge, the approach you took and the outcome.

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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