Lead Specialist Advisor: Hydrogeology

Natural Resources Wales
Cardiff (Caerdydd)
G7, £37,973 rising to £42,584 over four years
Closing date
11 Oct 2020
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Lead Specialist Advisor: Hydrogeology

  • Location: Flexible, Cardiff preferred
  • Grade & Salary: G7, £37,973 rising to £42,584 over four years
  • Post number: 201478
  • Type of contract: Permanent
  • Work pattern: full time

Closing date: 11 October 2020

Benefits: Civil Service pension, 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over 5 years, flexible working options, occupational health including counselling and advisory services and eye care, childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes.

Role Purpose

As a lead senior advisor in hydrogeology you’ll be expected to:

  • Provide technical advice to the local planning authority on applications for new developments, including assessment of site investigation reports, risk assessments, remediation statements, remediation verification reports and groundwater protection.
  • Assess permit applications which pose a risk to groundwater
  • Manage groundwater resources, including assessing abstraction licence applications and their supporting hydrogeological impact assessments
  • Assess hydrogeological risk assessments for landfills, and provide support on the enforcement of groundwater related permit conditions
  • Advise our environment management teams on instances of pollution to land and groundwater and support enforcement action where required
  • Support the management and operation of the groundwater quality and level networks across Wales.
  • Work with others to protect groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems (wetlands)
  • Develop and manage projects to improve our understanding of groundwater and land contamination issues in Wales
  • Develop and provide advice on policy and guidance for compliance with EU Directives & domestic legislation.
  • Advise the Welsh Government on developing legislation and guidance and provide support to relevant EU, UK and Wales Working Groups.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality & Planning; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality and Planning; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  • Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders and industries involved with Hydrogeology in Wales;
  • Experience of: In-depth understanding of the Hydrogeology discipline/ topic and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery;
  • Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  • You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and have achieved Corporate Membership of a Professional body (e.g. Geological Society, MICE, MCIHT, MCIWEM or MRICS) at Chartered status (e.g. CGeol) or working towards chartership.
  • Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena;
  • Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.

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Who we are

We employ around 1,900 people in locations throughout Wales. Our employees include scientists, engineers, foresters, environmental managers and recreation and education experts.

We work with local communities and organisations to improve and protect the natural environment in Wales.

If you are interested in working for us, you can see a list of all opportunities on the current vacancies and apprenticeship scheme pages.

What we can offer

- a competitive salary

- a generous career-average pension scheme

- 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over five years

- special leave entitlements in exceptional circumstances

- maternity, paternity or adoption leave

- a range of flexible working options, including flexitime – these will depend on business needs but we aim to help you achieve a positive work/life balance

- occupational health benefits, including counselling and advisory services and eye care services

Equal opportunities for all

All of us at Natural Resources Wales are committed to delivering great public services to everyone in Wales.  Respecting and valuing difference helps ensure that we provide services that reflect the needs and experiences of both our staff and of the people we serve.

To achieve this, we need a workforce with the very best possible mix of existing and future talent. By ‘best possible mix’, we mean that we need people who come from all backgrounds, be that black, Asian or minority ethnic, LGB, transgender or non-binary, young, old and those with impairments to name a few.

People perform better when they can be themselves and we know that this benefits the individual and our organisation and therefore we have staff network support groups, policies that are inclusive of everyone and all protected characteristics as well as senior managers and Board members who champion equality, diversity and inclusion.

Contact Us
  • Chester Road
  • Buckley
  • CH7 3AJ
  • United Kingdom
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