Local recruitment: Groundwater monitoring senior specialist

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: National
City/Town: All
Grade: Staff Grade 6
Post Type: Permanent
Role Type: Business Management & Improvement, Operational Delivery, Science
Salary Minimum: £46,374

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the operational management of four new groundwater monitoring networks in England (ecology, temperature, wetlands and quality). Under the umbrella of the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (NCEA) programme, you will use your enthusiasm and extensive technical leadership skills in groundwater monitoring to deliver the operational work needed to implement the new groundwater monitoring networks.

Key responsibilities:
• Leading the operation, management and development of groundwater monitoring networks under the NCEA programme;
• Coordinating, mentoring and managing a dispersed team of Specialists and Officers in Areas responsible for the operation of the new groundwater monitoring networks;
• Being responsible for identifying and managing operational challenges;
• Delivering staff training to ensure consistency of operations across Areas during groundwater monitoring and reporting;
• Writing new operational instructions and leading the update of existing operational instructions for the groundwater monitoring networks;
• Embedded processes (e.g. KPIs) to track delivery;
• Working closely with Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment colleagues, Monitoring Field Team, Hydrometry & Telemetry, Analysis & Reporting, groundwater specialists in Head Office and Areas;
• Implementing innovative new monitoring techniques;
• Leading on the health & safety requirements for the new monitoring networks.

The team

The NCEA Operations team, are part of National Monitoring – Fish and Ecology. We are a dedicated team of experts who are responsible for the implementation of a large monitoring programme (12 national networks) and increasing capacity of the EA’s laboratories. The programme includes monitoring at a diverse range of habitats including streams, lakes, rivers, groundwater and estuarine and coastal environments.

Experience/skills required

We are looking for a Groundwater monitoring specialist with excellent technical leadership and people skills. A strong track record in the delivery of monitoring projects for the management and improvement of groundwater is essential.
You will be able to demonstrate:
• Strong interpersonal and team-working skills;
• A proactive, self-motivated attitude that delivers quality outcomes;
• Strong operational management skills;
• An ability to effectively engage people – to motivate them to act and to resolve conflicts and challenges;
• An ability to build and maintain relationships; and
• Innovative thinking in how to manage risk, deliver change efficiently, and improve processes using new monitoring techniques.

Ideally the successful candidate will be Chartered with an appropriate professional body, though this is not essential.

Contact and additional information

Interviews for this post will be held using Microsoft Teams.
As a national role the location is flexible. Travel to various Environment Agency offices may be required as part of the role.
Our team promotes an inclusive culture and we welcome all applicants, especially colleagues who are disabled, LGBT+ or Black Asian and Minority Ethnic. Part time and job share applications also encouraged.
A reserve list will be held for this role for up to 6 months.
For an informal discussion about the role contact Elena Armenise, Senior Advisor – Groundwater Quality on +447795307741 or Adam Akers, Senior Officer – NCEA (+447471003891).

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Closing Date: 28/09/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Leads People
Description: Provides leadership that inspires and motivates others to achieve their personal goals and the goals of the Environment Agency.

Question: Please give an example of how you have motivated a diverse range of people, adapting your style to difficult situations and the people involved.

Competence 2: Programme and Project Management
Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively.
Question: Describe a time when you have successfully managed a project or programme. What were the key challenges you had to overcome? How did you monitor your project was on track?

Competence 3: Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
Question: Tell us about a situation where your communication skills contributed to delivering a positive outcome. How did you adapt your style to that specific audience/ situation? What was the outcome?

Competence 4: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Identifies and seizes the opportunity to create, introduce and implement new or improved methods, processes and without, compromising quality or accuracy.
Question: Tell us about a time when you have improved the operation and management of a system or process. How did you maintain or improve quality?

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.




IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development