Fluvial Modelling & Forecasting Officer G4 - 18302

East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Bedford , Birmingham , Blandford Forum , Bodmin , Bridgwater , Chichester , Darlington , Exeter , Ipswich , Kettering , Kidderminster , Leeds , Lincoln , Mansfield , Newcastle , Norwich , Nottingham , Penrith , Peterborough , Preston , Reading , Sevenoaks , Wallingford , Warrington , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Worthing , York , Fradley
Staff Grade 4
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Administration / Corporate Support, Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
Our fluvial modelling and forecasting officers provide technical advice to help build a country more resilient to climate change.

As a fluvial modelling/forecasting officer your skills (including hydrology, forecasting, natural flood management or integrated water modelling) will help inform our partners in how to appropriately manage flood risk at a community or national scale. This ranges from advising on flood defence schemes, building real time models to use in our flood warning service, or advising on development in the flood plain.

You will have modelling experience, and be able to perform at a competent officer level. You will have opportunity to develop/specialise your skills and complete your professional accreditation.

In this role, you will:

• Build, develop, review, audit and assure fluvial models and undertake a technical officer role within project teams.

• Select the most appropriate tools and techniques and advise the organisation on hydrological assessments and/or hydraulic modelling approaches.

• Provide technical advice in fluvial flood modelling to the Environment Agency and partner organisations.

• Continue to develop your technical skills and build the skills and knowledge of your peers.

• Ensure diversity and inclusivity, nurturing others viewpoints and making time to help develop your colleagues and yourself.
Evidence and Risk teams provide evidence and advice on a range of environmental risks. Our hydrological expertise alongside our fluvial and coastal modelling and forecasting information is used in decision making for flood and coast risk management including new and improved flood defences, land use planning (to avoid inappropriate development in the floodplain) and incident management, including emergency planning, response and recovery, so that we can better prepared and more resilient to hazards.
Through experience to date you will be able to demonstrate some of the following:

• Knowledge and experience of river modelling / flood forecasting, either in a real-time or ‘non-real time’ environment
• Experience in creating and editing models using standard commercial modelling packages
• Experience reviewing hydraulic models
• Experience in data processing and GIS software packages
• Ability to achieve results, directly and through others.
• Experience in prioritising and managing your workload effectively
• Good judgment, problem solving and decision making skills;
• You will demonstrate skills in influencing and persuading people
• Data management and standards will be a core part of your work
• Excellent communication skills, enjoys building relationships, collaborating and agreeing expectations to deliver outcomes.
Focuses on customers and partners
• Understand the business of FCRM (Flood and coastal Risk Management) and the importance of evidence and risk.
The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce which reflects the communities we serve.

We will be holding interviews for these roles during September 2021 and more detailed information will be sent to the successful candidates.

We will endeavour to inform you of the outcome of your application at the earliest opportunity and we appreciate your understanding and patience whilst we assess applications.

For questions relating to this role, please contact ea_resourcing_project@environment-agency.gov.uk.

04/08/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Description: Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Describe a scenario when you persevered through challenges to achieve a successful outcome for a project / work task.

Please explain:
• Why the work was important?
• How did you approach the project /work task?
• What challenges did you overcome?
• What was the result?
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description: Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Describe a time where you have had to solve a technical problem.
- how did you approach the problem
- how did you verify your solution
- what was the outcome / what did you learn?
Influences and Persuades Others
Description: Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Describe a scenario where you have had to persuade and influence others in order to win them over.
• How did you present your case / argument in an attractive way
• How did you ensure you understood all views.
• What strategies did you use
Flood Risk Assessment/ Management
Provide an example of how you have applied your technical knowledge to a flood risk analysis problem.
- What was the problem
- what knowledge / analysis did you use to understand the issue
- What advice did you provide?
Technical Skills
This question is for information only and will not be scored.

For the majority our roles you do not need any additional technical skills, but for some of the roles in our area teams we are seeking additional expertise in the technical areas specified below.

If you have one or more of the areas of technical expertise detailed below, then please provide a short statement describing your level of expertise as part of your application, otherwise please mark this section as not applicable.

Project Support
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.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.