Catchment Scientist

Wessex Water

Corfe Mullen, Dorset
c.£34,000 pa, depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent [email protected] 07770 645 574 Robert Knight

Reference: REQ003528

Sectors: water & hydrology, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Tuesday, 23rd March 2021  


Are you educated to degree level or above in a catchment science or related discipline? If so, we have a great opportunity for you in our Catchment Delivery Team.

The Wessex Water Catchment Delivery Team works with farmers and landowners in catchments within the Wessex region to reduce the impact of agriculture upon raw water quality. The team has been delivering catchment management for nearly 15 years and has a reputation as one of the best catchment management teams in the industry.

What will I be doing? 

This role will see you working with other scientists and catchment advisors in the development of catchment management schemes; keeping informed of developments in the wider industry and academic community to incorporate new knowledge, mitigation measures and ways of working into our schemes.

The team fosters an environment where new ideas and innovation are welcomed and encouraged. Where gaps in knowledge exist, there will be opportunity to plan and deliver field trials.

The successful candidate will be involved in the development of robust field monitoring programmes to demonstrate and improve understanding of the impact of catchment delivery measures on ground and surface water quality.

There will be plenty of opportunity to get out into the field to collect data, both on foot or in one of our all-terrain vehicles.

Day to day you will collate, analyse and report catchment derived data to explain the results of catchment management within ground and surface drinking water catchments for pesticides and nutrients, as well as wider river basin catchment management schemes. You will need to ensure that data collection and analysis is quality assured, robust, and presentable to a wide range of both internal and external audiences.

What are the requirements? 

To succeed in this role, you will have a sound scientific approach and ideally an MSc or PhD qualification. Experience across environmental science, soil science, hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality, treatment processes, nutrient and pesticide cycling, water management, wetland science and/or agriculture, preferably with a focus on catchment scale processes, will provide candidates with an excellent advantage.

Our catchment scientist will have experience in the preparation of clear, thorough, and coherent scientific reports and be confident in verbal presentation. An understanding of the principles behind the design of field data collection and statistical analysis are key skills, as are strong IT skills - Microsoft Excel proficiency is an essential.

Sound knowledge of GIS packages and/or environmental modelling will provide an advantage as will any coding experience. Knowledge of the Water Framework Directive, drinking water regulations and other relevant legislation will provide the successful candidate with a good understanding of the context of our work. Due to field data collection and the regional nature of this role, a full UK driving license is an essential requirement.

Ability to work independently and with others within a multidisciplinary team, and more widely with colleagues across the company, is essential, as well as being able to represent Wessex Water’s interests in meetings and at conferences.

What you’ll get from us? 

Our people tell us Wessex Water is a great place to work, and they stay with us! We are proud of how we support professional development, career progression and a wide range of opportunities for everyone. We have a wealth of both financial and non-financial benefits to offer our people and are committed to ensuring we provide an environment that supports health and wellbeing and flexible working. Check out our careers page for more information.

Wessex Water is one of the top performing water and sewerage companies in the UK, serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England. It is part of the Wessex Water Group, which comprises a number of other companies alongside our regulated business, including engineering and construction, property development and waste management and renewable energy services.

If you have what it takes to join this award-winning business and want to be part of our exciting journey and share in that success, then please get in contact with us to find out more.

We are an equal opportunities employer. You must be able to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK and proof of skills and qualifications gained. Appointment of successful applicant/s will also be subject to receiving suitable references and basic (or where job applicable) other criminal disclosure checks.

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