Local recruitment: Groundwater Advisor

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: National
City/Town: Various
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Science
Salary Minimum: £37,462

Job description

Can you help design, develop and implement three new groundwater projects?

The Chemicals Investigation Programme 4 (CIP4) is a national water industry funded initiative to investigate trace substances and plastic particles in the water environment. You’ll support and coordinate our input into these projects:
• Groundwater chemicals monitoring of treated sewage effluent discharges;
• £2m field and laboratory investigation into the impacts of sewage sludge spreading on groundwater; and
• An investigation into the fate and behaviour of plastic particles in a treated sewage effluent discharged to ground.

Your contributions will be:
• writing technical specifications and helping manage all three projects
• finding field study sites
• analysing groundwater datasets, which will include letting research contracts
• tracking project progress, flagging risks as necessary
• ensuring that project outputs and datasets are freely available to the public
• contributing to development of a long-term vision and regulatory solutions for managing chemical inputs to groundwater.

You’ll have a range of development opportunities and appropriate training will be provided.

You’ll have an inclusive incident management objective in your development plan, so we’ll support you to find an incident role to suit your needs and circumstances.

The team

You’ll join our (Water and Land Quality) Groundwater Team. We lead on groundwater permitting and compliance issues. We advise Government to ensure that the regulation of groundwater resources and quality sustainably balances the needs of the environment with those of businesses and society.

We’re based in the Environment and Business Directorate which supports the Environment Agency by using evidence, expertise and innovation to enhance and support delivery, influence policy, legislation and secure resources.

Experience/skills required

You’ll need the technical skills to:
• be an experienced groundwater specialist, with a good understanding of groundwater chemistry
• have experience in groundwater research and fieldwork
• be able to conceptualise groundwater environments in three-dimensions.

You’ll also demonstrate your:
• ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and actively encourage others to consider diversity issues in their work
• excellent analytical and data skills
• influencing and communication skills
• interpersonal and team-working skills
• proactive, self-motivated attitude that delivers quality outcomes
• ability to combine your people skills, and curiosity to collaboratively solve problems and identify innovative solutions
• ability to work to tight deadlines, prioritise your own work, manage projects and deliver effective outcomes

Experience of the water company price review process is desirable.

Ideally, you’ll be Chartered with an appropriate professional body, though this is not essential.

Contact and additional information

We’re a dispersed team, so use smart tools to stay connected and reduce travel. However, you may need to travel to meetings and some overnight stays may be required.

We promote an inclusive culture and welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds. Flexible / hybrid working, is available in line with current Environment Agency policies, together with flexible base locations within England.

For more information about the role and how to apply please read the Candidate Pack and/or contact Tim Besien +447768 006203 or Kelly Short +447979778081.

Interviews, via remote technology will take place early 2023.

You’ll be asked to give a 10-minute presentation as part of your interview.

A reserve list will be held for this role.

Capability Dictionary https://en.calameo.com/read/004433680aab41adf893b

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Closing Date:  15/01/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Data and Information Management
Description: Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Application question: Describe how you have analysed an environmental dataset. What tools did you use? What were the difficulties you had to overcome?

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

Application question: Describe the key technical steps you would go through to design a field and laboratory research investigation to assess the impact of sewage sludge spreading on groundwater. What are the biggest technical challenges that you would have to overcome?

Competence 3: Influences and Persuades Others
Description: Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

Application question: Describe a time when you have presented a case in a convincing and attractive way to win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly.

Competence 4: Delivers Results Through Others
Description: Harnesses the team to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.

Application question: Describe a time when you have worked collaboratively with other people/teams to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.

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