Local recruitment: Hydrology Technical Specialist

Environment Agency

Bodmin, UK 🇬🇧

Exeter, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 3
Region: South West
City/Town: Bodmin , Exeter
Building/Site: Sir John Moore House, Manley House
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £37,462 Pro-rata

Job description

We have an exciting opportunity for three experienced hydrologists to join the Hydrology Team in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (DCIS) Area. We have two permanent posts available and a 12 month fixed term contract. You will be joining us at a critical time in the management of water resources in the Area as we respond to an ongoing drought incident and prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change on water availability.

We are looking for strong technical leaders who can provide specialist hydrology expertise to help manage and protect the water environment and maintain public water supplies.

You will:

• Lead on providing hydrological analysis and advice to support the ongoing drought incident.
• Lead on providing hydrological analysis for environmental decision-making in work areas including Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies, the Water Industry National Environment Programme, Water Framework Directive, water company Water Resource Management and Drought Plans, helping manage our hydrometric network, restoring sustainable abstraction and abstraction licence permitting/compliance assessment.
• Provide technical advice and guidance to internal and external customers and partners.
• Support the team leader in determining technical direction and priorities for the team and manage key areas of the team’s work programme.
• Support, coach and mentor other hydrologists in the team.

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 will be available to support you with your incident role. There are a wide range of incident roles available to suit different individual circumstances.

The team

You will join a friendly and supportive team of hydrologists based in our offices in Exeter and Bodmin. The team work closely with other technical teams and also with external customers and partners to help protect and enhance DCIS’s water environment. You will play a critical role within the team, working on some of the most challenging issues facing water resources and providing workable solutions.

Experience/skills required

You’ll have a degree in a relevant technical discipline and ideally an MSc in a hydrology-related subject (or equivalent experience). You will be able to demonstrate the following:

• Good understanding and experience of hydrology concepts, especially low flow hydrology.
• Ideally experience of working in the water resource sector delivering and managing hydrological investigations, particularly in relation to drought, water company operations and WINEP investigations.
• Ability to analyse, interpret and visualise data to inform problem solving and decision making.
• Good communication skills and the ability to present convincing verbal and written ideas at all levels.
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers.
• Experience of coaching and mentoring others on technical issues.
• Ability to work under own initiative and as part of a dispersed team.
• Working towards or have achieved chartered membership of CIWEM or an equivalent body.

Contact and additional information

Whilst we expect candidates for the permanent roles to be based in the Area, we will consider applications for the fixed term contract role from people based outside the Area who are able to work remotely.

You will occasionally be required to travel to other office locations and to undertake site visits. A full UK driving licence is therefore essential.

For further details or to have an informal chat about the role, please contact Karen James, Hydrology Team Leader (07818 416069, karen.james@environment-agency.gov.uk).

Please note that your answers to the questions below will be used for interview selection. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) may help to formulate your answers.

Interviews will be held in mid-April 2023.

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Closing Date:  26/03/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Competence 1: Multi-dimensional Conceptualisation
Describe an example of when you have had to conceptualise a catchment to solve a problem. Tell us about the different catchment attributes and behaviours you needed to understand and the data and analytical techniques that you used to support your decisions.

Competence 2: Achieves Results
Describe an example of when you have delivered a piece of work under pressure with conflicting demands and priorities. Tell us how you approached the work and how you prioritised and organised tasks and resources to deliver a successful and timely result.

Competence 3: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Describe an example of when you have taken an opportunity to create and implement a new or improved tool, technique or process in your area of work. Tell us about your approach and how you ensured quality and accuracy were maintained.

Competence 4: Influences and Persuades Others
Describe an example of when you have had to influence a key stakeholder to gain their agreement or support for a piece of work. Tell us why their buy-in was important and how you influenced their thinking.

Role specific license requirements: 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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