Groundwater & Contaminated Land Technical Officer - 12581

North West
Richard Fairclough House
Staff Grade 4
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability, Science
This is an exciting opportunity for two enthusiastic geoscientists to develop their technical expertise in groundwater resources, groundwater quality and contaminated land. In this role you will use an evidence led, risk based approach to protect and enhance the groundwater environment, deliver on our WFD obligations and support incident response.

As a technical officer your duties will require you to contribute across a variety of work streams. You will:

- contribute to the management of the groundwater level and quality monitoring networks.
- provide advice to local planning authorities on development proposals that may pose a risk to groundwater resources or quality and the risks posed to controlled waters from contaminated land.
- provide technical responses to consultations for permits to abstract groundwater, to discharge to ground, or for waste & installations sites.
- review hydrogeological risk assessments for landfills.
- provide technical advice and guidance to our customers on pollution incidents impacting on groundwater.

The successful candidate will be expected to apply their existing knowledge and experience to the role, but will have the opportunity to develop technical skills and knowledge in other areas.
GMMC is one of the largest populated areas, with one of the busiest GWCL portfolios. We are a multifunctional team playing an important role in managing and protecting groundwater resources, groundwater quality and contaminated land.

We advise partners to ensure that water resources, water quality and contaminated land regulation protects the environment and supports the sustainable use of groundwater, helping to deliver on our WFD obligations and promoting the enhancement of the natural environment.
We are looking for a competent and experienced geoscientist who is versatile, self-motivated and can quickly fit in and contribute to the work of our busy team.

You will have a good understanding of the Water Framework Directive, Environmental Permitting Regulations, Water Resources Management, Contaminated Land Regulations and Town and Country Planning.
You will be qualified to at least degree level (or equivalent) in a Geoscience related discipline and possess proven ability/knowledge of hydrogeology, water resources, contaminated land and waste management.

Other key requirements for the role include a proficiency in GIS, data handling and record management. You will also need to demonstrate that you are well organized, able to work to tight deadlines and that you can manage your own work. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential to the role
Some travel may be expected to attend meetings and support colleagues across the Area as well as to represent our interests at a national level.

Please note - two posts are available, one post is permanent, the second is a temporary assignment due to end on 30th September 2020.

For more information please contact – Leon Beard, Groundwater Team Leader on 020 3025 0771 or by email

27/09/2019, 23:55 hours

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