Senior Assistant Scientist - 28639

South East
Caversham Lakes
Staff Grade 3
Full Time
Engineering, Operational Delivery
“The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities and our environment. Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.”
We are looking for a Senior Assistant Scientist (calibration) to undertake the calibration and maintenance of a wide range of water quality monitoring equipment. In addition you will manage and operate a quality assurance system and supervise staff as appropriate. You will also assist in the training of staff maintaining their competencies and training records.
The high resolution evidence produced is vital if we are to better understand our water environment..
The National Water Quality Instrumentation Team ( NWQIS) provides support to all high resolution water quality monitoring activities undertaken across the Agency. It delivers a vital service that underpins many of the Environment Agency’s statutory responsibilities and our Statutory Surface Water Monitoring Programme’s. It also makes a significant contribution towards commercial and funded science projects. The team also supports the wide range of high profile stakeholder partnerships managed by the NWQIS.
We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated person. You will have a science or technical background, be formally qualified or with relevant vocational experience. In addition you should possess knowledge and interest in
Water quality and or lab Instrumentation
Environmental science
Quality assurance systems and documentation
Good mentoring skills to aspire and educate.
Other key requirements for this job include excellent verbal and written communication skills, proficiency in word, excel and database management along with a passion for innovation and problem solving.
Contact and additional information
This is a non hybrid role and you will be based at Caversham Lakes, Reading.
Interviews will be face to face w/c 04/03/24 and 11/04/24
Everyone that joins us is required to undertake training and participate in incident response duties when the need to respond arises Having an incident role is an essential part of working for the Environment Agency and an active way to support communities and prevent harm to the environment. Further information on incident response can be found within your candidate pack.
For further details please contact – Frances Houston, National Water Quality Instrumentation Service Team Leader
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26/02/2024, 23:55 hours

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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.

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