Sampling & Collection Team Member - 9623

South East
Farnham , Wallingford
Red Kite House, Goldcrest House
Staff Grade 2
Fixed Term
Full Time
Operational Delivery
£18,102 pro rata
As a Sampling and Collection Team Member you will help provide our area’s integrated environmental monitoring service by collecting, collating and inputting environmental monitoring data in an accurate and timely manner. This work will involve collecting water samples from rivers, measuring the level of groundwater, undertaking ecology surveys, assisting on fish surveys and inputting data. Through your work you will provide high quality information that will help us understand the status of our river environments.

When necessary you will also help with our area’s response to, and investigation of, environmental and flood incidents.
The Thames Sampling and Collection team is made up of an experienced group of samplers who manage a high workload. We are equally effective working on an individual task or as a group. We specialise in fish, ecology, water quality and groundwater levels information which used throughout the Environment Agency and by our partners and stakeholders.
- You must be an enthusiastic, proactive and problem solving individual who is comfortable with lone working in all weathers.

- You will have some basic knowledge of water quality, fish, ecology and groundwater level monitoring.

- You will be comfortable with talking to members of the public about our work.

- You must have a full driving licence and be happy with driving a van over long distances each day.

- You will have experience of using Microsoft Office programmes and Smartphones.

- It would be preferable, but not essential, for you to have experience of database entry, basic fish identification and familiarity with the survey technique of electric fishing
Closing Date: 20th January 2019 at 23:55

We have 3 positions available in our team. You will be nominally based in either our Goldcrest House office in Farnham, Surrey or at our Red Kite House office in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. However the majority of your time will be in the field and you will be expected to travel to sites anywhere within the Thames Area, which includes the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and parts of Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

Flexible working is allowed however you are expected to start fish surveys at 7 am with some working at night also required. Overtime is paid where necessary.

For further details on the role please contact Luke Newbey at

20/01/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
1 year
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.
Manage your health and safety
Making sure your own behaviour reduces risks to the health and safety of yourself and others
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.
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.