Geomorphology Technical Officer

Environment Agency

West Malling or Canterbury, Kent
Starting at £28,785 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology, environmental management

Closing date: Monday, 29th August 2022  

Note: The deadline for this role has been extended.

We are the Environment Agency. We work with government, councils, businesses, and communities to make our environment cleaner, safer, and healthier for people and wildlife. We tackle the effects and causes of climate change, perhaps the most serious long-term threat to the environment that we face.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology Team in Kent, South London and East Sussex as a fluvial geomorphologist. Working closely with our Geomorphology Technical Specialist you will help to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment. We are looking for someone with a proactive and positive approach, along with a desire to work collaboratively.

As a Geomorphology Technical Officer you will:

  • Provide advice, guidance, training and technical tools supporting colleagues deliver improvements to the ecological status of our rivers in line with the Water Environment Regulations (formerly Water Framework Directive).
  • Ensure that we prevent and minimise ecological impacts arising from our own activities and those of third parties that we regulate.
  • Proactively engage across the business to help identify, design, and deliver a program of mitigation and restoration activities in surface waters.
  • Work collaboratively to find innovative solutions delivering environmental outcomes and reducing long term in-river maintenance whilst improving or keeping flood risk constant.
  • Improve understanding of geomorphological issues, and work to ensure that they are resolved.

The team:

You will be part of our passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology Team covering Kent, South London & East Sussex. We are a dispersed team and work from locations across our area.

A major focus of the team is inputting into Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management capital schemes, maintenance of assets, water company environmental programmes, and partnership working to deliver priority habitat creation, Water Environment Regulations mitigation measures, river restoration projects and planning advice.

Experience/skills required:

  • Sound technical knowledge of geomorphology and a good understanding of the Water Environment Regulations. Ideally, you will be educated to degree level or have equivalent practical work experience.

  • An outgoing nature: keen to work with a range of internal and external partners and able to bring people together and overcome difficulties with practical and pragmatic solutions.

  • Enthusiasm: you will be passionate about biodiversity and able to communicate and influence effectively.

  • A drive to learn and develop: You will have evidence of on-going learning and development/CPD on relevant policy and practice

You may also have some of the following: knowledge and awareness of river restoration techniques.

Contact and additional information:

We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all sections of the community, welcoming flexible working patterns for our roles, including job share, so please include information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

You will be welcomed and supported by the team and given all the training and guidance needed to succeed.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits details of which can be found in the candidate pack

Although the role will be based at one of our area offices (Addington, West Malling, Kent or Canterbury, Kent), we are amenable to working from home and other offices and welcome discussions with candidates about preferred ways of working and locations.

Interviews will be held in early September 2022.

For further details please contact Alice Pinfold – [email protected] on 02084746653 or Jo Heisse – [email protected]

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