Grade 4 Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Officer

Addington, Kent
£26,869 - £33,202 dependent upon experience
02 Oct 2017
31 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Grade 4 Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Officer


£26,869 - £33,202 dependent upon experience

The Environment Agency’s job is to protect and improve the environment, make it a better place and ensure balance between the needs of people, businesses and the environment with the help of a wide range of partners. Together we ensure there is enough water; reduce risks of flooding; protect and improve air, land and water quality; and that industries operate within environmental standards.

About the role

With approximately 70% of Kent and South London relying on groundwater for their water supply, the work of the Groundwater and Contaminated Land team is vital. Delivering specialist technical advice and guidance on hydro-geological and land contamination matters, they protect the groundwater from potential pollution. Their technical advice is also indispensable to other Environment Agency teams in making decisions regarding building and infrastructure developments, incident management, and permitting.

Dealing with planning consultations, providing expert knowledge to support environmental permits, and protecting and improving groundwater quality, our team work closely with members of the public, business, agriculture, water companies and industry. As one of our Technical Officers, it’ll be down to you to assess technical information such as site investigation data, soil and groundwater remediation verification reports, and groundwater risk assessments. You'll also respond to customer enquiries and information requests, and work closely with partner agencies and local authorities. The team also support The Environment Agency’s response to pollution and flooding incidents, so you will have the opportunity to train in an incident role, too. Your technical advice and guidance across a range of matters will contribute to maintaining the groundwater’s quality, as you assess potential risks and regulate how they are managed. We will also support you to work towards Chartered status.  


About you

You must hold a degree in Geosciences such as Geology, Hydro-geology, Geochemistry or Land Quality, along with a Postgraduate degree and/or some experience of dealing with groundwater pollution. You’re a brilliant communicator, able to adapt your approach when working with technical and non-technical people alike, and are able to produce and effectively interpret data to develop evidence and solve complex technical issues. You can put across your arguments to a wide audience, and you’re able to work with others to solve complex issues. As well as working as part of a team, you’ll also need to be able to work independently, taking responsibility for a patch within Kent and South London. Great time and data management skills are key, and you’ll also need to know your way around software like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and MS Office. A full UK driving license is also vital.

About us

The role will be based in our area office at Orchard House in Addington, Kent.

The Environment Agency is fully committed to having an inclusive and diverse workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share.

For further details please contact Emma Duckett at  or by telephone on 0208 474 6687.

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