Field Environmental Technician

The Lyell Centre, Edinburgh
£19,136 to £20,800 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full-Time - 37 hours a week (a range of flexible working options may be available)
Fixed Term Appointment (until March 2020)

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

About the role

The UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project is NERC's response to the UK Government's announcement in the 2014 Autumn Statement that it will allocate £31m to create world-class, subsurface energy research test centres, to be operated by the BGS.

BGS is now seeking to appoint a Field Environmental Technician to be based in our Edinburgh offices and spend large periods of time at the UKGEOS site in Glasgow.

Tasks will include:

  • be present on-site during drilling to take cuttings samples, drill fluid samples, water samples etc. and to act as BGS contact point on-site.
  • working with the pump test contractors to provide oversight and take samples.
  • monthly site visits to undertake surface water and groundwater sampling and to download data from soil gas probes and data loggers.
  • undertake soil chemistry sampling and soil gas surveys.
  • maintenance duties, including maintenance of sampling and surveying equipment as well as maintenance of the seismic monitoring site.

You will also be expected to:

  • carry out basic data processing and interpretation.
  • contribute to the hydrogeological data analysis.

About you

A 2:1 geoscience or environmental science degree or significant relevant industry/academic experience in a related role and A-level/HND (or equivalent) in Science/Geography/Maths/Geology/Environmental Science subjects are essential.

The role will involve sampling and environmental geoscientific surveys (e.g. water, soil, gas) during and after borehole construction of the subsurface Observatory. Practical field experience of onshore borehole drilling and/or environmental sampling for fluids, waters, cuttings, gas, plus an enthusiasm for working outside for long periods are required.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time. For a salary at the top end of the advertised range, you will also need to meet the desirable criteria detailed on the website.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process. A well thought through application addressing the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

Applications are being handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 21st January 2019. Interviews are likely to be held in mid to late February 2019 in Edinburgh.

posted: 09 January 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.