Local recruitment: Hydrology Technical Specialist FTC (National)

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, National
City/Town: Birmingham , Blandford Forum , Exeter , Ipswich , Lincoln , Newcastle , Nottingham , Penrith , Sheffield , Wallingford , Warrington , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Various
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £37,462 pro-rata

Job description

Do you have a passion for protecting our precious water? Are you motivated by the chance to influence the way national water resources infrastructure is developed? If so, this may be the opportunity for you.

Water companies are developing a number of regionally and nationally important Strategic Resource Options (SROs) such as reservoirs and water transfers through an ambitious timeline to be construction ready by 2025-2030.

Working with area and national technical specialists across the business and a range of stakeholders including RAPID, water companies and consultants, your role will involve leading technical water resources and hydrological assessment of SROs.

This role will involve ensuring a consistent approach is taken to hydrological monitoring and assessment, supporting assessments of water availability and reviewing the calibration, validation and outputs of hydrological models to understand future impact and operation of SROs. This role will support progress of these large infrastructure projects through an ambitious development and planning timeline.

You will ensure that water resources assessments are fit for the future by keeping track of developments in water resources legislation, strategy and policy.

Your great communications skills and ability to build relationships quickly will help you excel in this role.

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

In this technical role you will work with the National Appraisal Unit (NAU) to oversee the environmental assessments of strategic water resources supply options and provide timely, consistent and robust evidence-based recommendations to RAPID and other key stakeholders.

The role is part of a dispersed team and is not location constrained. As well as being part of the NAU, the role will involve working as part of internal and external virtual teams along with RAPID.

Experience/skills required

We are seeking an individual with water resources and hydrological modelling experience. You’ll be qualified to at least degree standard in a relevant discipline, and have experience working on multi-stakeholder projects, as well as delivering results to tight deadlines. The ideal candidate will have all/a majority, of the following skills:
• Highly motivated self-starter/self-learner with good interpersonal skills and commitment to continuous improvement.
• Experience of developing and interpreting and applying Abstraction Licensing Strategies and supporting water availability resource assessments
• Experience of hydraulic and/or hydro-ecological modelling
• Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships.
• Ability to identify potential problems and proactively innovate solutions
• Adept at working both collaboratively, as part of a virtual team, and independently
• Ability to handle multiple work streams and priorities

Contact and additional information

We offer flexible working with a mix of home and office working with this role based at one of our hub offices. The role will require some travel to other Environment Agency sites, external meetings and occasional overnight stays.

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Katy Steed, Senior Officer, on tel. 07388387825 or via email katy.steed@environment-agency.gov.uk or Elliot Tinton, Manager, on tel. 07795390157 or via email elliot.tinton@environment-agency.gov.uk.

We welcome applications from anyone with the relevant skills to undertake this role.

More information can be found in the candidate pack. We aim for an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity in the communities we work with and the environment we protect.

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

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract:  Up to 12 Months

Competence 1: 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.

Please provide an example where you have achieved results: Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.

Competence 2: 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.

Please provide an example where you have solved a problem or made a decision: Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

Competence 3: Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge (various disciplines, depending on team role) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.

Please provide an example where you have used your scientific knowledge: Applies scientific knowledge (water resources and/or hydrology) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.

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