Environmental Monitoring Officer - 11306

South West
Blandford Forum , Bridgwater
Rivers House Blandford, Rivers House Bridgwater
Staff Grade 4
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share
Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery, Analytical
£27,572 (pro-rata)
We seek an experienced Environmental Monitoring Officer able to assist with our programs of works, undertake laboratory analysis of micro-invertebrates samples to mixed taxonomic level, interpret and report this data and investigate pollution incidents. You’ll have a good understanding of how water “quality” and “quantity” impact on ecological communities and an ability to communicate this information clearly to a range of audiences.
The Analysis & Reporting team, based in Wessex is responsible for ensuring chemistry, ecology and fishery monitoring programs collect the information we need for a variety of legislative, national and local requirements. The team is comprised of officers skilled in monitoring field-work, laboratory work, and have expertise in assessing this multi-functional monitoring data and turning it into evidence. This evidence informs the wider business and ultimately helps underpin environmental improvements.
Experience/skills required:
• You will have proven practical experience and familiarity with field-work and laboratory work.
• You must have the ability to analyse macro-invertebrate samples to mixed taxonomic level.
• Ideally you will have experience in investigating the biological impact of pollution incidents.
• An ability to analyse, interpret and report ecology data.
• You need to have a sound understanding of biotic and abiotic interactions.
• You should have excellent communication and influencing skills, be adaptable, and able to use your initiative to take timely decisions to manage your workload to tight deadlines.
• Knowledge of and confidence in liaising with internal and external teams and partners.
We are an Area wide team covering Dorset and Somerset. The post holder can be based in either Blandford or Bridgwater, with some travel required between offices. There will be a requirement to attend pollution incidents and help with field work across the area, as a result the post holder must have a full driving licence.

The role may be done as a job share or on a part-time basis. If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Stella Huntington, Analysis and Reporting Team Leader on 02030259401 or email stella.huntington@environment-agency.gov.uk

10/07/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Data and Information Management
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Description: Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Provide an example of when you have managed technical data (e.g. analysis, interpretation) to make an informed decision or produce a report.

• What was the technical nature of the data?
• How did you sort the relevant from the irrelevant data?
• How did you organise your report to convey the information in the best way?
• How was the data stored for future reference?
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
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Description: Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions

Please provide an example where you have found potential problems and identified effective solutions by analysing all relevant information, seeking to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

• What were the problems
• How did you identify the best solution
• What was the result
• Could you have done anything differently
Achieves Results
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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. Able to deliver work which has a tangible and beneficial end result.

Describe a scenario when you were required to maximise your work output and persevere through challenges to achieve a successful outcome.

Why the work was important?
How did you approach the task?
What challenges did you overcome?
What was the result?
Full driving licence
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.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.