Local recruitment: Hydrology Senior Technical Specialist (Cumbria & Lancashire)

Environment Agency

Penrith, UK 🇬🇧

Preston, UK 🇬🇧

Warrington, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: North West
City/Town: Penrith , Preston , Warrington
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 6
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £47,646

Job description

Water resources are under pressure, too much or too little impacts people and the environment. As hydrology senior technical specialist you can play your part in helping us confront the climate emergency.

We are seeking someone with passion, drive and ambition to deliver a robust and resilient hydrology service. You will use the breadth of your hydrology skills and knowledge alongside your networks, to provide strategic leadership, to build capability, champion innovation and deliver through partnership working.

You will be:
• working closely with the team leader and hydrology community to develop technical resilience and implement new ways of working.
working alongside the water resources technical leadership to develop the strategic thinking for a more sustainable future
• building strong and productive relationships with customers and partners within the organisation as well as externally to help facilitate a more sustainable water story
• providing direction, specialised expertise and support on delivering reputational, political or technically complex activities. Ensuring decisions are made on sound technical and environmental grounds.
• working with others to deliver the Area’s hydrology and project work
• undertaking analysis and determination of complex hydrological problem
• Playing a critical role when responding to environmental incidents particularly when water availability is stressed.

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 Team provides technical expertise and advice on water resource management and regulation across the Area is it based in. This includes important issues such as no deterioration of water courses under the Water Framework Directive, Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies, the Water Industry National Environment Programme, water company water resource management plans, drought plans and restoring sustainable abstractions and determining water resources licences.

Experience/skills required

•Highly experienced and technically expert professional with extensive understanding of hydrology and water resources.
•Experience of leading people. This may have been achieved through line management, management or technical leadership roles.
•You will be able to communicate well and effectively across a wide network of audiences, having the skills to turn technical detail into compelling argument and influence your respective audience.
•Ability to deliver results through others by managing talent, coaching, and mentoring
•Be a champion for innovation and best practice to add value and to achieve more for the environment
•Ability to translate organisational ambition into strategic and tactical plans and programmes for delivery in an operational environment.
•Technical resilience planning both locally and nationally
•High level technical support for Incident Management
•You will be educated to at least degree standard (or equivalent), in a relevant scientific discipline. Chartered status is desirable.

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.

Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

For questions relating to this role, please contact eatalent@emnvironment-agency.gov.uk

Interviews are due to be held in March 2023.

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

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Leads People
Provides leadership that inspires and motivates others to achieve their personal goals and the goals of the Environment Agency


Give an example of how your Leadership has been particularly successful:

-What did you do which had most impact?

-What were the main challenges and how did you overcome them?

Competence 2: Coaches Others
Personal Effectiveness Uses variety of methods, including direct instruction, coaching and feedback skills to help others to develop.


Please provide an example of where you have successfully coached someone to help their development so the team would be better versed to deliver hydrological outcomes.  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 3: Engages others
Plans, carries out and evaluates effective engagement with internal and external stakeholders


Please give an example of when you have planned engagement with stakeholders, including how you assessed the effectiveness of the engagement.

Competence 4: Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge (various disciplines, depending on team role) to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.


‘The Environment Agency has a deserved reputation for making transparent evidence based decisions in carrying out its duties. It is very important that a technical discipline like hydrology uses best practise scientific approaches. How do you keep your technical skills up to date and how have you used them to develop or enhance a specific scientific technique you use?’

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