Groundwater & Contaminated Land - Technical Officer - 9741

East of England
Brampton Office
Staff Grade 4
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
Groundwater is an important resource in our Area utilised for potable, agricultural and industrial uses. In addition groundwater baseflow contributions to rivers and wetlands are vital to their ecological health. The successful candidate will help safeguard and improve this vital resource for future generations.

We are seeking an enthusiastic team member to join the East Anglia Groundwater & Contaminated Land team. The successful candidate will work closely with internal teams and external customers across a range of hydrogeological problems. The diverse range of work makes this an exciting opportunity for anybody looking to develop a career in hydrogeology. Using a variety of tools and experience of the team, the team member will help solve complex hydrogeological problems and provide robust technical advice.

Main duties include:
• Reviewing development proposals and their contamination risk assessments.
• Supporting customers by providing technical hydrogeological advice.
• Provide technical advice on disposals to land, waste management sites and pollution incidents which could affect groundwater.
• Providing hydrogeological assessments to help determine permits to abstract groundwater and discharges to ground.
• Supporting our installation team on landfill permitting, assessment of Construction Quality Assurance (CQA), Stability Risk Assessment (SRA) and Hydrogeological Assessment (HRA) reviews.
The Groundwater and Contaminated Land Team is a multifunctional team focused on protecting both the quality and quantity of our groundwater resource and dealing with the legacy of land contamination. The team provides technical support to other operational teams including the National Permitting Service, Environment Management and Sustainable Places area teams. Our primary goal is to protect groundwater as a vital resource for current and future generations.
You’ll be qualified to at least degree level (or equivalent) in a Geoscience/Environmental related discipline and be able to demonstrate strong knowledge of water resources. A post graduate qualification in Hydrogeology is desirable but not essential.
• Possess the ability to develop and assess 3 dimensional conceptual site models.
• Have a proven ability/knowledge of hydrogeology, groundwater protection
• Be able to apply a risked based or prioritised approach to your work and the ability to make decisions based on best available evidence.
• Have excellent communication skills, a proficiency in using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), experience of data handling, time and file management and excellent organisational skills.

Professional membership is strongly encouraged and it is desirable for the candidate to be a member of (or working towards) professional body membership.
Closing Date: 10 February 2019 at 23:55 hours
The grade rate for the role is £27,572
Interviews are likely to be held during February.
For further information please contact James Watson (Team Leader) on 0203 0251854 or email

10/02/2019, 23:55 hours

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