U.K. nationals: Senior Flood Hydrologist

Environment Agency
United Kingdom
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Job description  

We are the Environment Agency. Reducing the impacts of a changing climate on people and wildlife is at the heart of everything we do. We run a national flood forecasting service and are investing £5.2bn in reducing flood risk to properties. We will be investing £6million in flood hydrology improvements over the next 6 years.

As one of the EA’s senior flood hydrologists you will provide technical leadership nationally. Roles will specialise in one of the following:

Operational hydrology for EA forecasting system
Operational hydrology for non-real-time assessments
Strategic hydrology, hydrometric data
Strategic hydrology, scientific understanding and modelling
Strategic hydrology, UK professional capability

Responsibilities include:

• Sign-off in-house and commissioned flood hydrology projects
• Ensuring commissioned work is appropriate and proportionate
• Championing improvements to flood hydrology approaches
• Provide hydrological expertise for national strategic projects
• Advising on technical priorities

You will constructively challenge the status quo to influence peers and management within the agency.
You will be committed to diversity in hydrology and have a passion for developing the next generation of hydrologists.
As a subject matter lead you will represent the EA externally. You will keep up with developments in hydrological science and communicate these internally

The team  

The National Flood Hydrology team is a small dispersed team of technical specialists that provides operational flood hydrology expertise. A new team dedicated to improvements in hydrology will also sit alongside this team.
Flood Hydrology is part of Evidence and Risk (E&R), a national team of 160 that provides expert analysis and advice to manage risk and improve resilience. The exact position of each of the roles within E&R is yet to be determined.

Experience/skills required  

You will be an expert in flood hydrology with a hydrology degree (preferably masters or higher).


• In-depth understanding of hydrological processes
• Extensive experience building and calibrating hydrological models for floods
• Experience in hydrometric monitoring with understanding of data limitations
• Sound scientific reasoning and ability to make practical compromises
• Ability to build relationships and communicate hydrological concepts to non-technical audiences.
• Passion for self-development and coaching others
• Commitment to quality

You will also have one or more of the following:

• In-depth understanding of the operational use of the EA flood forecasting system
• In-depth understanding of extreme value analysis and hydrological models used in non-real time flood estimation
• In-depth understanding of hydrometry, data uses and quality control
• An ability foster collaboration between diverse groups and create change
• Strong mathematics with ability to appraise novel hydrological methods in detail

Contact and additional information  

Answers to the capability questions will be used for interview selection. The assessment process will be undertaken remotely.

There are a selection of permanent and temporary (2 year) positions.
If you would like to be considered for a Grade 5 position please submit an application for that vacancy too.

Applications from those wanting full, shared or part-time working arrangements are welcome.

Everybody has a role to play in incidents and you will be encouraged to play your part in a way that fits around your work/life balance.

The EA offers public sector work benefits and a generous pension.

For more information, please contact Anita Asadullah , 07780 057266

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Closing Date:  

25/10/2020, 23:55 hours