Local recruitment: Hydrology Technical Officer (Kent, South London & East Sussex)

Environment Agency

Canterbury, UK 🇬🇧

West Malling, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South East
City/Town: Canterbury , West Malling
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £29,706

Job description

We are the Environment Agency, and we work to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development by working in partnership with government, local councils, businesses, and communities to tackle the increasing demand and management of water as a resource in KSL and climate change’s effect on the environment.

We are looking for a someone to help us manage operational water resources activities in the Kent, South London, and East Sussex (KSLES) area.

Supporting the Water Resources specialists and Area Leadership Team and working closely with your colleagues in various teams, you will provide a high level of service across the area supporting proactive water resources data & information management.

The main responsibilities are:

-Water resources planning
-Abstraction Licence Strategies and Resources Assessment
-Abstraction licence assessment and regulation
-Analyse, interpret, and report on hydrometric data
-River flow data quality assurance
-Working with customers and partners such as water companies, consultants, catchment groups and other stakeholders.
-Customer enquiries and data requests
-Potential to join incident management work

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents, or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

The team

The Kent and South London Groundwater and Hydrology team bring together Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resource specialists in a high performing and professional environment. A population of 6 million and increasing growth in the Southeast continues to challenge the balance between the natural environment and resources, with the team being primarily responsible for managing and regulating sustainable abstraction and water resources across Kent and South London.

Experience/skills required

-Proven interest/working experience/education in water resources management and/or hydrological data analysis.
-Produce and effectively interpret data to support evidence.
-The ability to work unsupervised and collaborate effectively in a team atmosphere.
-The ability to find innovative solutions to complex issues.
-The ability to work flexibly and manage your own workload.
-Communicate across a wide network of audiences by using a variety of communication methods.
-Good organisational skills and an ability to use MS Office programs.

Contact and additional information

The role will be based in Orchard House, West Malling. Interviews are due to take place in March 2023.

For further details please contact Paul Dellar on 07771387240 or by email on paul.dellar@environment-agency.gov.uk or matthew.barker@environment-agency.gov.uk

We 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, so please clearly include any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

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Closing Date:  27/02/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses. 

Please tell us about a time when you had to deliver a difficult message to a customer.

  • What was the situation,
  • How did you tailor your communication
  • How did you ensure your customer understood and agreed with your message?

Competence 2: 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 3: Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes. 

Describe a time when you have made an important work decision with incomplete information, or within a short timeframe.

  • What factors did you consider?
  • What problems did you encounter?
  • 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 MSc in Water and Sustainable Development