Local recruitment: Senior Hydrologist Modeller

Canal and River Trust

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

UK-Leeds | UK-Birmingham | UK-Warwickshire-Warwick | UK-Gloucester | UK | UK-Nottinghamshire-Newark | UK-Lancashire-Burnley | UK-Milton Keynes | UK-London | UK-Ellesmere Port

Job ID: 2023-7212 Closing Date: 16/04/2023 Position Type: Temporary FT Function: Operations Advertised Salary: c. £36,000 + benefits

Job Purpose

We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it’s part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions

We are currently looking for a Senior Modeller to join our national Water Management Team on a 2-year fixed term contract. As a Senior Modeller you’ll be applying your technical knowledge and expertise to secure the effective strategic management of water resources nationally. You’ll have the opportunity to ground your modelling first-hand through site investigations and surveys along the historic canal network. 

Find out more about our Water Management team: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/specialist-teams/managing-our-water

Location & coverage 

This vacancy will be offered on a remote working basis, with a requirement to regularly attend our hub spaces as and when required for team working and meetings. It is therefore essential that applicants are able and willing to work effectively from home.

Our hubs include: Leeds, Ellesmere Port, Burnley, Birmingham, Hatton, Newark, Milton Keynes, Gloucester, London.

Applicants would ideally be accessible to Hatton for intermittent catch ups with the leadership team.

This role will also involve regular travel to and along the reservoirs, canals and river navigations across the canal network. The regularity and distribution of travel will be discussed further at interview stage. 

See our network map here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

Key accountabilities:

  • Support Principal Hydrologists with a variety of technical water management studies (e.g. investigating the impact of future pressures such as climate change on canal water resource systems or developing the strategic national management of flood risk).
  • Assist Principal with the production of national plans, policies and guidance.
  • Construct and calibrate Aquator hydrological models to help us to plan water resource infrastructure improvements that may be required in the future to ensure a reliable canal system.
  • Validate the models you develop with use of historical data as well as data you capture first hand through site investigations and surveys.
  • Work within Trust and its partner’s policies and procedures, which include Health & Safety, environment and heritage issues.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills


  • Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Hydrology) or equivalent.
  • Awareness of key regulatory and legislative frameworks affecting water management (e.g. Water Resources Act, Water Act, F&WM Act).
  • Chartered member of a professional body e.g. CIWEM, desirable. 
  • Demonstrable experience in specialised field of hydrology/water resources management/hydrometry/ hydrological and/or hydraulic modelling. 
  • Broad knowledge, understanding and application of primary hydrological processes and models (Aquator and Flood Estimation Handbook).
  • Experience in managing small technical projects. 
  • Experience of handling hydrometric/spatial data (including use of GIS).


  • Good level of written and spoken communication skills.
  • Able to manage own time effectively, prioritising tasks whilst seeking guidance where appropriate.
  • Positive approach to problem-solving, enabling you to find creative solutions, as we often have unique challenges across our non-natural hydrological system.
  • Computer literate in MS Office packages (including experience undertaking detailed analysis using Excel)
  • Valid driving licence – you will be required to provide support across our waterway network. 

To Apply:  click on the “Apply for this job” button and follow the process – complete the application form & upload current CV

If you have any questions about the role please contact CRT.recruitment@canalrivertrust.org.uk

What We Offer

In addition to your salary of c. £36,000, you will benefit from a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, great holiday entitlement and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits, all of which can be found here (https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/our-benefits). These include: 

  • 25 days paid holiday, plus paid Bank Holidays, increasing to 27 days plus Bank Holidays after 3 years.
  • Competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, where we will double your contribution to a maximum of 10%.
  • Home working status with ‘hub’ facilities available if a need to work outside of home – flexibility. Monday to Friday working, no weekend working.
  • Annual £200 personal learning & growth award to spend on any learning related activity – hobbies; aspirations etc.
  • Free access to specialist counselling on a range of issues – health; financial; lifestyle; well-being; domestic & neighbourly matters.
  • Access to a range of employee benefits including – store discounts; boating holiday discounts; holiday purchase scheme.
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave, volunteering for local community project work.

At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust. We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job.

When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations. Come and share your passion and knowledge with a team that makes a difference to millions of people every day.

Find out more about us on our website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us 





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development