Local recruitment: Hydrology Technical Officer (Hertfordshire & North London)

Environment Agency

Welwyn Garden City, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 2
Region: South East
City/Town: Welwyn Garden City
Building/Site: Alchemy, Bessemer Road, AL7 1HE
Grade: Staff Grade 4
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £29,706

Job description

We’re looking for an enthusiastic hydrologist who can apply their knowledge and skills to help us regulate and improve the water. Your role will be to analyse, interpret and report on hydrology data for water resources management. This will include contributing to the production of the water situation report, carrying out quality assurance of river flow data and technical assessments into the impact of water abstractions on river flows to support Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies, Restoring Sustainable Abstraction programme and determining water resources permits You’ll work closely with hydrology specialists and also with internal and external customers and partners.

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

We are seeking two motivated individuals to join the Groundwater and Hydrology team in Hertfordshire and North London. The team’s hydrogeologists and hydrologists provide technical expertise and support on of water resource management and regulations.

Experience/skills required

You’ll have an understanding of hydrology concepts, data and techniques. Alongside this you’ll have experience of the analysis and interpretation of data and information to inform decision making and problem solving. You’ll be expected to be proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word. You’ll also be a confident communicator and be able to convey information and ideas clearly. You will deliver work to high standards and be able to prioritise and organise tasks to achieve results. You’ll have relevant work experience or a degree in geography or environmental sciences.

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@environment-agency.gov.uk

Interviews are due to be held in March 2023.

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Closing Date: 06/03/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Achieves Results
Description: Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Priorities and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievements of results

Please provide an example from your past experience where you have had to prioritise multiple projects, tasks or activities in order to meet deadlines or targets.

Competence 2: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
We are looking for people who champion working in smarter more focused ways.

Can you describe a time where you have actively sought an opportunity to make an improvement in an area of your work?

Further questions:
• How did you identify the need for improvement and why did you suggest the change?
• What approach did you take in getting this enhancement approved and implemented?
• What feedback did you receive from those involved and how did you take them on board?
• How successful was the change?
• What did you learn?
• How do you deal with mistakes made by people who are trying to work differently?
• How do you support people who find change difficult?

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


In this role good data and information management skills are essential. Can you describe a time when you had to analyse, develop and share data and how you made sure you did this effectively and accurately?

You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

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