Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Specialist - Tenders Global

Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Specialist

Environment Agency

We are the Environment Agency. We work with government, local councils, water companies, 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.

This specialist role is an exciting opportunity to protect and enhance the quality of our groundwater resource. Work will include providing specialist technical advice, keeping up to date and applying relevant legislation and interpreting complex groundwater quality issues, covering:

  • Reviewing land contamination reports and remediation strategies and provide appropriate regulatory
  • Seek opportunities to secure voluntary remediation at sites affected by historic contamination,
    particularly where this protects and enhances priority groundwater areas.
  • Maintaining team resilience, providing technical support for the planning, permitting and incident
    management processes within the team and area wide.
  • Managing the Water Industry National Environment Programme Groundwater Quality schemes and
    catchment programme
  • Supporting and coaching the team and engaging with our National E&B Groundwater team to ensure
    Area issues are addressed in accordance with our guidance Framework Directive decision making
  • Support safeguard zones delivery of action plans, ensuring they are incorporated into area
  • Lead on projects including high profile infrastructure projects
  • Being supported to undertake or maintain an existing role to support the Environment Agency’s wider
    response to pollution and flooding incidents.

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative
working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

The Groundwater and Contaminated Land Team regulate and protect the heavily utilised groundwater resource in the Kent and South London, whilst also implementing strategies to improve groundwater quality.

The team specialise in land contamination, landfill engineering, groundwater protection, and hydrogeology. Our technical advice is indispensable to other Environment Agency teams and external partners such as water companies and Local Authorities when making decisions regarding building and high-profile infrastructure developments, incident management, and permitting.Experience/skills
required A degree in a relevant scientific/engineering discipline, a good understanding of geology/ hydrogeology and chemistry.


  • Experience in landfill engineering work
  • Experience in the investigation, remediation of sites affected by historic contamination.
  • Demonstrating good awareness of groundwater quality issues together with knowledge of relevant
    environmental legislation and policy. with a track record of achieving results, you’ll be able to
    demonstrate your ability to work with, lead others, establish good customer, partner relationships
    using your analytical skills, scientific knowledge to identify problems making recommendations to
    resolve them. Also demonstrating your potential for coaching others to develop their technical
  • Using a range of communication skills, techniques to transpose complex data, information for a
    range of audiences.
  • Well developed computing skills with the ability to use tools available i.e. Arc Geographical
    Information System.

You will be supported to develop your technical, professional skills including chartership with an appropriate professional body.Contact and additional information The role will be based at Orchard House, Addington, Kent. We currently have a hybrid working arrangement with a mix of home and office working.

Interviews will be held January / February 2023. We encourage you to refer to our “EA capability dictionary” which can be viewed by searching online using any web browser. You may find it helpful to research the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when formulating your response.

For further details or an informal chat about the role, please contact Priya Sharma
[email protected].

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies.

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