Senior Hydrologist/Modellers x 2

Job ID: 2020-6325
Advertised Salary: Up to £35.5k dependant on experience
Working Hours: 37 hours Monday – Friday
Base location: Leeds/Gloucester/Hatton/Birmingham

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We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays its part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

We are currently looking for two Senior Hydrologists/Modellers to join our national Water Management Team until 31st December 2021 on a fixed term contract, starting ASAP.  You’ll be supporting the delivery of one or more on-going strategic water resource projects:

  • In 2015 we published our first Water Resource Strategy. We hope to recruit Senior Hydrologists to drive forward the production of an updated strategy.
  • Our strategic water resource management is underpinned by hydrological modelling. As such was are looking for Senior Hydrologists with modelling experience, or Senior Modellers to help with our programme of Aquator model development.

The technical knowledge that you can bring to the team will determine which project(s) you’ll be focusing on when joining the Trust.

As a Senior Hydrologist/Modeller you’ll be applying your technical knowledge and expertise to secure the effective strategic management of water resources around the network. You’ll be exposed to diverse hydrological problems on our canals, navigable rivers, network of over 1,500 locks and 72 reservoirs, among other infrastructure. You’ll be able to visit our network first-hand through site investigations and surveys when required.

Skills, knowledge & experience:

Key Accountabilities:

  • Support Principal Hydrologists with a variety of technical water management projects (e.g. investigating the impact of future pressures such as climate change on canal water resource systems).
  • Assist Principal with the production of national plans, policies and guidance.
  • Construct and calibrate Aquator hydrological models to help us to plan water resource infrastructure improvements that may be required in the future to ensure a reliable canal system.
  • Undertake field work in all weathers as and when required.
  • Work within Trust and its partner’s policies and procedures, which include Health & Safety, environment and heritage issues.

About you (essential requirements):

  • Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Hydrology) or equivalent.
  • Chartered member of a professional body e.g. CIWEM.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive experience in specialised field of hydrology/water resources management/hydrometry/ hydrological and/or hydraulic modelling
  • Broad knowledge, understanding and application of primary hydrological processes and models.
  • Experience in managing small technical projects.
  • Experience of handling hydrometric/spatial data (including use of GIS).
  • Good level of written and spoken communication skills.
  • Able to manage own time effectively, prioritising tasks whilst seeking guidance where appropriate.
  • Positive approach to problem-solving, enabling you to find creative solutions, as we often have unique challenges across our non-natural hydrological system.
  • Aware of key regulatory and legislative frameworks affecting water management (e.g. Water Resources Act, Water Act, F&WM Act).
  • Computer literate in MS Office packages (including experience undertaking detailed analysis using Excel)
  • Valid driving licence – you will be required to provide support across our waterway network.

We are currently conducting our interview processes virtually as we continue to respect and follow necessary social distancing guidance to protect our team and our candidates. You may be invited to a face to face further stage interview which will always be conducted following strict social distancing guidelines.

What we offer:
In addition to your annual salary we offer a generous holiday entitlement and a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme. Other benefits can be found here.

We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All applicants will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.

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