Geomorphology Technical Officer - 10863

East of England, South East
Ipswich , Norwich , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling
Staff Grade 4
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
Are you passionate about Geomorphology and the benefits that working with natural processes can offer to river and coastal management?

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within the Environment Agency to promote and embed nature-based solutions.

We are recruiting 4 Geomorphology Technical Officers within our Fisheries, Biodiversity & Geomorphology teams to help us improve our understanding of geomorphological issues. We are looking for fluvial and coastal geomorphologists to help us protect, restore and enhance the natural environment. Each post offers an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with good technical and inter-personal skills to help us deliver the Governments 25 year plan for the environment.

You will need to be a confident communicator and have good technical geomorphology knowledge. You will provide expert technical advice and guidance to support colleagues delivering improvements to the ecological status of our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. You will also support the Geomorphology Technical Leader on complex jobs including on nationally significant infrastructure projects. The job brings a complex and varied case workload. This is a very practical operational role that will require regular site visits with colleagues.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved with our incident management work.
You’ll join a vibrant and dedicated team of ecologists and fisheries experts. The team provides advice and guidance to operational staff across the Area and works in partnership with others externally to help identify, design and deliver catchment restoration and mitigation activities to improve morphological and ecological conditions.

You will also be a part of a dispersed but tight-knit community of geomorphology professionals who will support you in your role and in your career development.
You will be qualified to at least degree level in a relevant technical discipline and be able to demonstrate your geomorphology expertise at interview. Relevant practical experience gained through work or education is highly valued.

We are looking for:

a team player – you will enjoy collaborative working, delivering through others, willing to support colleagues and motivated to share your own skills;

a persuasive individual – you will be able to persuade others with compelling evidence-based information, comfortable in building networks and relationships and spotting and seizing opportunities;

a confident communicator – you’ll be able to translate technical issues into pragmatic, clear and compelling advice and operational decision making;

a positive and proactive individual – you will persevere to ensure that the job gets done;

a problem solver – you will be well organised;

an understanding of the requirements of the Water Framework Directive, particularly the hydromorphology element, is essential.
Closing Date: 01/06/2019

These are permanent positions. We support flexible working patterns.

We have vacancies in these offices:

2 posts based in Welwyn Garden City (fluvial geomorphology)

1 post based in West Malling near Maidstone (fluvial geomorphology)

1 post based in either Norwich or Ipswich (coastal geomorphology)

A full driving licence is required for this role. Each post will require working across the Area, including site fieldwork.

Interviews will take place on 18th June and 20th June.

Candidates who meet our criteria at interview but who can’t be offered employment on this occasion will be considered for any new geomorphology positions at this grade that arise in the next 6 months.

Please contact Jonty Gibson for further details on 0777 646 7511 or

01/06/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Please provide an example(s) of where you have set and delivered high work standards, demonstrating the drive to meet targets on time through your prioritisation and organisation of tasks and resources.
Communicates Effectively
Please provide an example(s) of where you have worked to engage others in order to understand their perspectives and to share your own perspective, conveying information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please provide an example(s) of where you have identified and delivered optimal solutions by effectively analysing available 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.

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.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.