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Geomorphology Technical Officer

East of England, London, North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber
Brampton , Hatfield , Ipswich , Leeds , Norwich , Preston , York
Brampton Office, Lutra House, Dragonfly House, Iceni House, Apollo Court, Coverdale House, Lateral
Staff Grade 4
Environment & Sustainability
We are recruiting to four permanent Geomorphology Technical Officer posts within the Fisheries, Biodiversity & Geomorphology teams in Hatfield, Preston, York, and Norwich/Ipswich/Kelvedon/Brampton. We are looking for fluvial and coastal geomorphologists to help us protect, restore and enhance the natural environment.

Permanent - Hatfield (fluvial geomorphology), Preston (fluvial or coastal geomorphology), York/Leeds (fluvial or coastal geomorphology), and Norwich/Ipswich/Brampton/Kelvedon (coastal geomorphology role). You'll need a relevant degree with a significant geomorphology component of either fluvial or coastal geomorphology.

You'll be screening and advising on the geomorphological impact of our own works by our Asset Performance teams, and those proposed by third parties (permits). You'll support the Geomorphology Technical Advisor on complex proposals, including delivering improvements to the ecological status of our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. As case work is a large part of this role, you'll need to be a confident communicator, as well as having good technical geomorphology knowledge. The role has a strong practical focus, with regular site visits with colleagues to provide fluvial and coastal geomorphological advice.
You'll join a vibrant team of ecologists, fisheries and geomorphology experts within our Area offices. You'll also be required to work with geomorphologists from our national team and other Areas, to ensure we benefit from each-others’ technical expertise and experience.
Major challenges include contributing to sustainable development and influencing our own capital schemes and operations, especially river restoration, improving fish passage, influencing renewable energy schemes, and building climate change resilience.
Qualified to at least degree level in a relevant technical discipline. You must have relevant practical experience through your degree(s), and be able to apply your technical knowledge to influence water management in ways that work with nature and natural processes.

• You'll have good influencing and communication skills, and be a problem solver with a track record of delivering results through others;
• You'll be well-organised and have the confidence to work independently, on your own initiative, and to coach / mentor others to improve their capabilities in geomorphology;
• A good understanding of the requirements of WFD, particularly the hydromorphology element, is essential
For more information, please contact

Grade Rate: £26,869

Locations: Hatfield (Apollo Court), Preston (Lutra House), Norwich/Ipswich/Kelvedon/Brampton(Dragonfly House/Iceni House/Rivers House/Brampton Office).

We also have a temporary position in Addington, Kent, for 18 months - see separate advert 3521.

A full driving licence is required for this role.

The post will be based in our main Area offices, and will necessitate working across the Area, including site visits and fieldwork. There will be some travel to other Environment Agency office locations, and there will be occasional long days and overnight stays.

You can also download the candidate pack for more information.

Closing date for applications 05 December 2016
Basic Check
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes. Please give a geomorphological example, where possible.
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing. Please give a geomorphological example, where possible.
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. Please give a geomorphological example, where possible.
A full driving licence required
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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