Local recruitment: Groundwater & Contaminated Land Officer

Environment Agency

Birmingham, UK 🇬🇧

Kidderminster, UK 🇬🇧

Shrewsbury, UK 🇬🇧

Tewkesbury, UK 🇬🇧

Fradley, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 2
Region: South West, West Midlands
City/Town: Birmingham , Kidderminster , Shrewsbury , Tewkesbury , Fradley
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £28,785

Job description

Groundwater contributes to nearly half of public water supply and is essential for industrial, agricultural and private water supply. It is vital for maintaining the health of rivers and wetlands in the area.

We are looking for someone to join our team to support in protecting this valuable resource. You will be part of a team giving advice, guidance and regulation on hydrogeological matters.  

Work will include responding to planning consultations for housing and commercial development projects. You will provide comments and advice on environmental permits applications across a wide range of areas including water and sewage discharges, site condition reports for waste and abstraction permitting.  Your role will also be to protect and improve groundwater quality by helping to implement strategies for our most sensitive groundwater areas. You will provide groundwater risk assessment advice during pollution incidents. Managing groundwater resources through assessment of applications for new or varied groundwater abstractions, developing groundwater resource assessments and implementing abstraction licence strategies will also form part of the role. You will input to the management of the groundwater monitoring network where required.
You’ll also respond to customer enquiries and information requests and work closely with our partners.

The team

The Groundwater & Contaminated Land Team consists of Hydrogeologists and Contaminated Land experts working across 3 offices in the West Midlands. We provide technical expertise on groundwater quality and resource issues including no deterioration of groundwater, the Water Industry National Environment Programme and water resource management plans, internal drought plans and determining water resources licences. We monitor Contaminated Land Remediation projects and also provide advice on waste, water quality and water resources permitting.

Experience/skills required

• You should be qualified to degree level in a relevant discipline such as geology, hydrogeology or geochemistry.
• Relevant experience in site investigation data/remediation verification reports/groundwater risk assessments and/or a post graduate qualification will be an advantage.
• You’ll be a good communicator with time management/data management/interpersonal skills, who can present verbal/written arguments to a wide range of audiences, with the ability to simplify technical detail.
• You’ll be able to produce and interpret data to develop evidence and solve technical issues.
• You should be able to work well as part of a team and across different departments, but also work independently.
• You’ll have good computer skills with the ability to use GIS, MS Office, Outlook, and MS Teams.
• We will support you to work towards Chartered status.
• Full UK Driving Licence required.

Contact and additional information

The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share.

Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

For questions relating to this role, please contact [email protected]

Interviews will be held from w/c 10th October.

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Closing Date: 30/09/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

In this role you will need to be able to actively identify and deliver optimal solutions; by effectively analysing all of the information, probing and coaching others to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

Please describe a challenging time when you have assessed complex technical information to make timely decisions to resolve (potentially high profile) problems.

  1. What was the situation?
  2. What was the information / subject?
  3. How did you approach making an assessment of the technical information?
  4. How did you arrive at your decision and was it correct?

Competence 2: Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge (various disciplines, depending on team role) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.

Could you please give us an overview on what you assess are the threats to and opportunities for our Ground Water Resources from a national perspective and what regulatory and technical tools are available to us to promote the sustainable use of groundwater?

Competence 3: Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

Can you describe a time where you have worked with others on a challenging project or piece of work and explain what the challenges were?

• How did you respond to the difficulties?
• Who were you working with? Did everyone deliver? If not why?
• What standards did you achieve?
• How did you monitor progress?
• What did you learn? Would you do anything different if in a similar position in the future?

Competence 4: Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
How do you check the appropriateness of your communication?

Please give an example of a time when you have had to tailor your communication style to a specific individual/situation:

How did you realise this was necessary?

What was your approach?

How did you monitor the situation?

What was 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.




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