U.K. nationals: Groundwater Protection Specialist

Environment Agency

Various, , GB

This specialist role is an exciting opportunity to protect and enhance the quality of our groundwater resource in Solent & South Downs Area covering Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight. You’ll provide technical leadership to protect groundwater quality through:
• technical input into the River Basin Management Plan process ensuring groundwater quality evidence is used for Water Framework Directive decision making
• managing the Water Industry National Environment Programme Groundwater Quality schemes and catchment programme
• area lead for delineating safeguard zones and delivery of action plans, ensuring they are incorporated into area priorities
• technical input to projects.
• project management of catchment partnerships and technical input
• providing a strategic overview of the groundwater quality network, ensuring groundwater quality evidence is fit for purpose
• advising businesses, householders and landowners on preventing pollution to groundwater
• supporting and coaching the team and engaging with our national E&B Groundwater team to ensure Area issues are addressed in accordance with our guidance.
• maintaining team resilience, providing technical support for the planning, permitting and incident management processes
• being supported to undertake or maintain an existing role to support the Environment Agency’s wider response to pollution and flooding incidents.

The Team focuses on protecting groundwater resources and improving water quality where we are heavily reliant on groundwater for drinking water. Groundwater protection work includes providing expert advice to internal and external customers to undertake initiatives to reduce groundwater pollution and improve groundwater quality.

We support environmental permitting across a wide range of activities, respond to planning consultations, including high profile infrastructure and developments and give risk-based technical and regulatory advice on land contamination sites.

With a degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline you’ll have a good understanding of geology/ hydrogeology and chemistry.

You’ll demonstrate good awareness of groundwater quality issues together with knowledge of relevant environmental legislation and policy. With your track record of achieving results you’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to work with and lead others, establish good customer and partner relationships and use your analytical skills and scientific knowledge to identify problems and make recommendations to resolve them. You’ll also demonstrate your potential for coaching others to develop their technical capabilities.

You’ll use a range of communication skills and techniques to transpose complex data and information for a range of audiences. You’ll have well developed computing skills with the ability to use tools available such as Arc Geographical Information System.
You will be supported to develop your technical and professional skills including chartership with an appropriate professional body.

We don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities and our environment. We actively encourage flexible working hours and practices to help you strike a good balance between your work life and your personal life. We will also encourage you to keep developing your skills and professional knowledge throughout your career.
For any questions relating to this role, please contact: [email protected]
Interviews are scheduled to take place in early July.

11/06/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check

Focuses on Customers and Partners

The role involves being the Environment Agency lead in ‘The Aquifer Partnership’ (a 5 year partnership programme to improve groundwater quality in the Brighton area) as well as providing advice to a range of customers and co working with other teams. Describe a piece of work you have done for a customer or with partners, highlighting the challenges and how you sought to resolve them.

Achieves Results

The role involves leading the Environment Agency’s contribution to multifaceted programmes of work, being the lead contact for water companies, responding to incidents and enquiries. Give an example of a piece of work or project you have done highlighting your approach to ensuring delivery to time, budget and quality. Describe your approach to dealing with conflicting priorities.

Manages Self

The role involves keeping up to date with the latest tools and techniques relating to protecting and improving groundwater quality, furthermore there is an increasing need to be flexible enough to help team colleagues and for them to help you as priorities change. Describe, with examples, how you develop your own knowledge and skills to enhance your overall contribution. .

Coaches Others

The role involves keeping up to date with the latest tools and techniques relating to protecting and improving groundwater quality, furthermore there is an increasing need to be flexible enough to help team colleagues and for them to help you as priorities change. Describe, with examples, how you have helped colleagues develop their knowledge and skills to enable them to do a job and improve their performance.
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.