Local recruitment: Technical Specialist (Groundwater Quality)

Environment Agency

Brampton, UK 🇬🇧

Ely, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: East of England
City/Town: Brampton , Ely
Building/Site: Ely Office, Brampton Office
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £37,462 pro-rata

Job description

Do you want to play a critical role in safeguarding and improving our vital groundwater resource for future generations? Then join the East Anglian Groundwater and Contaminated Land Teams. We currently have a 12-month fixed term contract position available.

Groundwater is an important resource in our Area utilised for potable, agricultural and industrial uses. In addition, groundwater contributes to river baseflow maintaining their ecological health.

The specialists will work closely with internal and external customers across a range of disciplines. Using a variety of tools and experience, they’ll help solve complex hydrogeological problems and provide robust technical advice. The diverse range of work makes this an exciting opportunity to apply hydrogeological knowledge across a range of Land quality and water quality issues.

Main duties (depending on role):
• Providing specialist technical advice on complex groundwater and land contamination issues to inform environmental decisions through planning and permitting.
• Coaching and developing team members on groundwater quality issues.
• Providing and co-ordinating specialist technical advice and guidance to other Area teams.
• Working with water companies to improve groundwater quality through catchment management schemes.
• Managing groundwater monitoring networks.
• Keeping up to date and applying relevant legislation.

The Environment Agency take part in incident response. Our new Inclusive Incident Management Policy has been developed to support all new starters to find an incident role to suit their individual needs and circumstances. Full training will be provided.

This is a fixed term assignment for 12 months – Internal candidates, please note you must ensure you seek agreement from your line manager to apply for this role.

Please note that the Brampton Office is in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

For more info on working with us see https://environmentagencycareers.co.uk/

The team

The Groundwater and Contaminated Land Team is multi-functional team focused on protecting both the quality and quantity of our groundwater resources.

They provide technical support to internal teams and external customers on a range of groundwater related issues including:

  • Abstraction licencing
  • Permitting
  • Planning advice
  • Catchment management
  • Groundwater vulnerability

They also provide technical input to enforcement cases and incident response activities where groundwater is at risk.

Experience/skills required


A relevant geoscience or environmental degree and/or proven practical experience in the field of hydrogeology or groundwater quality.

Experience analysing and interpreting information to inform decision making, using a variety of data sources to help draw robust technical recommendations.

As a confident communicator, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to convey information and ideas easily to a range of audiences.

Have experience of coaching and mentoring on complex technical issues.

Demonstrate knowledge of groundwater protection and how this relates to a sustainable use of water resources.

The candidate must be proficient in using Geographical Information Systems and have experience of data handling, time and file management and effective organisational skills.

It would be helpful, but not essential, if you had:
Full UK driving licence.
A working knowledge of environmental legislation.
A post graduate degree in a subject such as hydrogeology.
Professional membership or working towards one.

Contact and additional information

In East Anglia we want to create a diverse workplace where individuals are respected, valued and listened to. We’re all different, and by embracing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) we can become an equal opportunity employer where we grow and learn together.

It is our ambition to champion diversity through building a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.

Eligibility for lease cars is based on role. Internal candidates please check the lease car policy and consider its impact before applying.

We offer a fantastic benefits package including an attractive salary, flexible working, 25 days annual leave, and an award-winning Pension Fund. See the candidate pack for more details.

For further information please contact James Watson on 07810 656592 or james.watson@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Closing Date:  04/01/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract:  Up to 12 Months

Competence 1: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please note we do not assess CVs. Answers to these competency questions will be used for interview selection so ensure you draw out your skills and experience in your responses. You have up to 250 words so please do use them to tell us what we need to know about you. A copy of our “EA capability dictionary” can be viewed by searching online using any web browser.

Please provide an example of where you have had to make a difficult decision in order to solve a complex problem? Please describe how you reached the decision including what tools and information you used to help inform the decision and how you came to select your chosen course of action?

Competence 2: Influences and Persuades Others
Describe how you have presented a case in a convincing and attractive way changing the direction of an organisation, winning people over, and ultimately encouraging them to follow a different route willingly. What did you do that made the difference in succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail?

Competence 3: Coaches Others
Please provide an example of where you have successfully coached someone to help their development? Please focus on the methods used and how you ensured the development was successful and if there is anything you learnt from the process?

Competence 4: Scientific Knowledge
Please describe what you consider to be the greatest water quality threats to groundwater in East Anglia and what you consider to be the environmental consequences of not appropriately managing these threats? In your answer, please highlight what you believe to be the greatest water quality challenges to ensuring a long term sustainable groundwater resource.

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 MSc in Water and Sustainable Development