Environment Agency

Data Analyst Apprentice (Level 4), Hydrologist

Job description

We are an evidence-based organisation. Data is a huge part of this. We are looking for a Data Analyst Apprentice (Level 4) who delights in data, appreciates analysis, marvels at modelling and is interested in interpretation. And to do this as a Hydrologist. With water resources under pressure, there has never been a more important time to ensure the wide variety of hydrological data we use - to make decisions, manage incidents, create reports, operate our water transfer schemes - is correct, understood and applied properly.
You will be a Hydrologist in the Environment Agency, applying your passion for data to the world of water resources, and playing your part in helping us tackle the climate emergency.
Your role as a Hydrologist will be varied and always rewarding. They include:
  • managing water resources in drought incidents;
  • producing weekly and monthly water situation reports;
  • managing water transfer schemes, including making decisions on whether to transfer water and for how long;
  • using river flow and groundwater data to assess how much water is available to end users in different catchments;
  • modelling and forecasting river flows;
  • quality assuring river flow data, ensuring it is fit for purpose.
The team
The Hydrology & Operations Team covers a wide geographical area, spanning Milton Keynes, Kings Lynn, Peterborough and up to Lincoln and the Humber.
We provide an integrated hydrology service, analysing, modelling, forecasting and reporting how much water is available for end users and the environment, and making decisions on when to operate our various water transfer schemes, which move water around and between catchments. We are also heavily involved in managing drought incidents.
Experience/skills required
You enjoy analysing data to help solve complex problems and look forward to communicating your findings to a wide-range of customers, in different ways. You can manage your own workload and are also happy to collaborate with others to produce the best result for the environment. As well as receiving the training you need to become a hydrologist, you will be eager to explore innovative ways of working to produce even better outcomes. As you will be building relationships with both internal and external partners, you can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

This is a career entry apprenticeship, so you don’t need to have any previous work experience in hydrology, although some understanding of hydrology (demonstrated through a relevant qualification (e.g. A level in an earth science or numerical discipline, or equivalent), and/or previous experience in a related role (paid or voluntary) would be an advantage.
Contact and additional information
You’ll complete the Data Analyst (Level 4) apprenticeship through a combination of online learning and remotely delivered workshops.
On completion of this apprenticeship, there will be an opportunity to explore doing the Data Scientist (Level 6) apprenticeship.
We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities for all. We are determined to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and hope to attract applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, neuro-diverse people and people with gender diverse identities.
The Environment Agency offer an extensive range of employee benefits.
Further information is in the candidate pack.
Any questions, please contact: jon.lampard@environment-agency.gov.uk
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