U.K. nationals: Advisor (Flood Hydrology)

Environment Agency

Various, , GB

We are looking for an experienced hydrologist to take on the following responsibilities:

• Drive improvements in operational flood hydrology in flood estimation, characterisation and post-event analysis.
• Provide expert hydrology support to local Inland modelling and forecasting teams
• Lead strategic projects improving operational flood hydrology nationally (e.g. natural flood management, reservoirs, groundwater-dominated catchments and beaver reintroduction)
• Provide technical input into national research and development projects
• Review complex hydrological analyses undertaken in support of capital investment and mapping flood-risk projects
• Train and mentor less experienced members of staff within the Environment Agency to improve baseline understanding of hydrological processes
• Liaise with local hydrometry teams to improve data quality and maintain strong working relationships across all related Environment Agency teams
• Raise the profile of hydrology within the Environment Agency and beyond by speaking at meetings, external conferences and writing briefings, etc.
• Take on an incident management role, with a range of opportunities available to fit all working arrangements. Everyone can contribute.

The National Flood Hydrology team is a small dispersed national technical specialist team that drives national improvements in the hydrological modelling for flood forecasting and flood estimation. We have a real opportunity to make changes that affect the science of flood risk for England.

You will be able to demonstrate the following:
• A solid understanding of hydrological processes with a focus on flooding and in particular post and real-time event analysis
• A degree or equivalent experience in operational hydrology or a closely related engineering or scientific discipline
• Detailed and thorough understanding of the Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH) methods and experience of non-standard methods
• An aptitude for training and mentoring others at all levels, including non-specialists, those with a scientific but non-hydrological background and
• Ability to analyse complex hydrological problems and review modelling techniques
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers
• Expertise in programming skills (R, Python) as well as general IT literacy to make use of the various bespoke software we utilise to manage flood-risk
• An appetite for innovation and modernisation, recognising the need to take flood hydrology forward

This vacancy is for a permanent position, although other working patterns will be considered.
Please note that that your answers to the capability questions will be used to determine interview selection. The interview will be undertaken remotely.
The Environment Agency offer a range of employee benefits including a generous pension. There are fully funded opportunities to develop further academic/professional qualifications.
The team is a national team with colleagues and partners across the country. Some travel may be beneficial to the role in future but remote working is the norm for now.
For further information regarding this role, please contact Trevor Bond via e-mail at [email protected] or via phone on 0203 025 8510.

06/06/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check

Takes Decisions and Solves Problems

Please tell us about a time that you have applied hydrological methods to try to solve a complex problem around flooding. What were the key elements that led to the success or failure of the work? How did you make decisions about the work?

Achieves Results

Please tell us about a time that you have developed and implemented an improvement to the way things work. What were the main challenges and what did you learn?

Numerical Modelling and Forecasting

We use non real-time hydrological models (flood estimation methods) and hydrodynamic models to estimate the level of flood risk in communities. We use model outputs to make decisions about interventions and spending. Please briefly outline a few of the main benefits and limitations of basing such decisions on model outputs.

Communicates Effectively

How do you communicate complex technical issues to decision-makers? What approaches do you use to marry the science of flood hydrology with the experiences of flooding that homeowners and businesses face on the ground?
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.

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