We’re looking for a Field Monitoring Officer to help us deliver quality environmental monitoring for National and Locally commissioned programmes. You’ll carry out fish surveys and take a range of samples including river water quality, effluents, bathing water, invertebrates, diatoms and groundwater boreholes.
You will work towards qualifying as Officer in Charge for electric fishing surveys and will caring for fishing equipment and be involved in boat work, so experience of fieldwork and biosecurity good practice is essential. You will be proficient in using the CLICK scheduling tool and utilising this technology to enhance delivery.
You will maintain, interpret and input into monitoring systems including MSIS, MIDAS and NFPD. You’ll lead on the ordering of equipment and maintaining the bottle stores. You will be an effective communicator, liaising with site contacts, members of the public and internal customers. You will train and mentor other team members to ensure the quality and consistent delivery.
Field work can be physically demanding and you will be required to sample in all weathers. You’ll be working alone a fair amount, so you’ll need to prioritise your Health, Safety and wellbeing, be self-motivated and organised.There will also be opportunity to support Incident response.
We collect field based samples and environmental data for both local, national and statutory requirements. The data collected provides key information for multiple teams working across the Environment Agency to serve diverse community and environmental needs.
The Wessex Team is dispersed, and this post will have a cover the Northern offices and will be the zone – based in Bridgwater/ Bradney.
This is a field role and requires extensive driving in urban and rural locations
A full UK driving licence is essential for this role.
The ability to train, mentor and develop staff on monitoring activities. Including instructing on the use of monitoring equipment, health, safety and wellbeing practices and the requirements of internal (users of the data) and external customers (site and landowners). Ability to maintain, interpret and input into key monitoring systems including MSIS, MIDAS and NFPDOther key requirements for this job include
• Field work experience
• Able to work independently as part of a dispersed team
• Good organisational skills
• Working in water confidently and safely
• Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers
• Required to use standard IT packages to deliver work as well as more specialised systems.
• Experience of biosecurity procedures.
• Experience of health, safety and wellbeing procedures including carrying out risk assessments of new sites.
The working hours for this role are 37 per week Monday to Friday. We welcome flexible working patterns so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.
The base location for this role will be Bridgwater where you will be required to pick up equipment and drop off samples most days. The majority of the time however you will be outside collecting data from different locations across the team territory.
For further enquiries about the role please contact Steph Barons by email – email@example.com or Katy Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome applications from individuals of any age, gender or ethnic background. What matters most to us is that you want to make a real, practical contribution to protecting the environment.
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