Local recruitment: Hydrology Technical Officer FTC (Wessex)

Environment Agency

Blandford Forum, UK 🇬🇧

Bridgwater, UK 🇬🇧

Exeter, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South West
City/Town: Blandford Forum , Bridgwater , Exeter
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £29,706 pro-rata

Job description

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our Hydrology team to make a real difference to our water environment within the Wessex area.

Wessex is an exciting and challenging area in which to be a hydrologist due to the diversity and complexity of hydrological issues. With growing populations, the effects of climate change and internationally important habitats that need protection, your work will inform critical decisions that make a real difference to people, industry, and the environment.

You will help our team provide specialist technical advice to internal and external customers for activities that can have a great environmental impact on water resources. You will provide technical assessment of permit applications, undertake water situation reporting, input into our drought management activity, undertake catchment water resource assessments, and help define abstraction licensing strategies based on these assessments.

You will assist with managing the surface water monitoring network (gauging stations, rain gauges), and undertake detailed quality assurance of our flow data as well as contributing to rating reviews. You will have the opportunity to work with water companies, overseeing their investigations where rivers are perceived to be impacted by abstraction and providing comment on their drought and water resource plans.

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

You will be working alongside a small group of hydrologists as part of the multifunctional Groundwater, Hydrology and Contaminated Land team. The Hydrology part of the team support water resources regulation and drought management, providing technical expertise and advice on a range of water resource management projects including Water Framework Directive, Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies, and Restoring Sustainable Abstraction programme and determining water resources permits.

Experience/skills required

We are seeking a numerate individual with a strong scientific background in environmental science and experience of hydrology and water resources. Ideally, you will have a degree in an environmental subject and experience of hydrology and water resources. A post graduate qualification is desirable but not essential. You will be methodical and organised, with great planning and data analysis skills, experienced in delivering high quality work to defined deadlines.

You will also need to carry out site visits and travel between offices, so you will need a full UK driving licence.

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.

Interviews will be held in March 2023

For more information or to discuss the role please contact Bryony Howlett (Technical Specialist) on 02030 259284 or Ben Hayball (Line Manager) on 07825 852437.

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

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract:  until 31st December 2024

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

Please tell us about how you have managed and used technical data and information. How did you manage the data, ensure it was accurate, and how did you use it?

Competence 2: Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

Please tell us about an example of where you have communicated and worked effectively with others.

Competence 3: 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 of where you have assessed a problem, reached conclusions and taken decisions on the data and information available.

Role specific license requirements: A Full UK Driving Licence

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.




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