Local recruitment: Water Quality Data Technical Advisor

Environment Agency

Reading, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South East
City/Town: Reading
Building/Site: Caversham Lakes
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Analytical, Quality
Salary Minimum: £37,462

Job description

We are looking for a technical advisor to provide specialist interpretation of water quality investigation data and provide advice and guidance to the client.

You will provide this to a wide range of customers both internal and external to the Environment Agency. This will include training to others in the team and regulatory teams within the EA.

You will lead your team to develop appropriate and novel solutions. Knowledge of design and use of real-time instrumentation for regulation would be an advantage.

The evidence we provide underpins many of the Environment Agency’s statutory responsibilities such as the Water Framework Directive, Urban Wastewater Directive and Statutory Surface Water Monitoring Programme.

You will be responsible for the development of NWQIS role in supporting the implementation of Environment Act 2021 including supporting the development of the next generation of equipment and methodologies that will be used to deliver the 2021 Environment Act. The team works closely with colleagues across a wide range of functions and is currently leading on number of high-profile projects water quality investigations and river restorations

The team

The NWQIS provides instrumentation and advice which enables the Environment Agency to better understand the State of the Environment.

It does this by advising on both investigations and resulting data. The team maintains a wide range of equipment and instruments used to collect field monitoring data and develops specialist solutions to tackle new and emerging issues.
You will develop of NWQIS role in supporting the implementation of Environment Act 2021.

Experience/skills required

We are looking for someone who is experienced in:

  • knowledge of design and installation of water quality instrumentation systems
  • the analysis and interpretation of complex water quality data sets
  • explaining complex technical and scientific principles to a wide range of staff and stakeholders
  • Must have a full UK driving License

Contact and additional information

The role will be based at Caversham Lakes. There will be frequent and sometimes unscheduled travel across the Agency to access remote sites.
As a result, the post requires a full UK driving licence.
Contact and additional information
For further details please contact – Frances Houston frances.houston@environemnt-agency.gov.uk
Please note your answer will be used for interview selection. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) may help to formulate your answers

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Closing Date:  10/03/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Achieves Results
Please tell us about a time when you have delivered a piece of work in a pressurised or time bound situation. Explain the challenges you faced and how your method of approach and perseverance helped complete the task?

Competence 2: Builds and Sustains Relationships
Please tell us about your approach to developing professional relationships, using examples to highlight your successes.

Competence 3: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Please give an example of an improvement you identified and implemented. How did it improve efficiency, innovation, or quality?

Competence 4: Data and Information Management
Please give an example of how you have analysed, managed and or reported data.

Role specific license requirements: Full UK License

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