Groundwater Sampling Technician
UKRI - NERC - BGS
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.
BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people. It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.
BGS has a vacancy for a motivated and enthusiastic Groundwater Sampling Technician to be based at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.
About the role
You will support BGS scientists within the Groundwater Science Programme in planning, organising and conducting field sampling of groundwater and surface water for various projects in England as part of BGS's environmental baseline monitoring programme.
The work will involve preparation for sampling including arranging site access, preparing and calibrating equipment, maintaining telemetry-linked field equipment, and managing sampling and analytical data. Once trained, you will be expected to carry out these duties unsupervised.
Field sampling will involve visits of up to 5 days at a time at a number of locations in England. Office-based tasks may include GIS-based mapping, data and field visit reporting, data evaluation, assistance with reporting and presentations, and some supervised laboratory-based work.
As part of a larger project team, you will assist with the development and implementation of the water characterisation and environmental monitoring programme. You will also be expected to work on tasks independently when required.
You should be educated to 2:1 in a relevant degree such as Environmental Science, Geography, Earth Science or have A-levels in sciences/Geography/Mathematics/Geology plus at least 3 years' relevant work experience. In addition, you must possess excellent numeracy and communication skills (both written and verbal).
The post involves team working and spending periods undertaking fieldwork - therefore you should be able to work effectively with others, have good time-management skills, hold a valid full driving licence and be willing to drive as part of your fieldwork duties.
Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.
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 TopCareer.jobs website.
We also offer the 'Bike to Work' scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.
Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.
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 handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the Apply Now button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 23 April 2019.
BGS provides a range of flexible working options including flexible working patterns, compressed hours and home working so if you have a need for flexibility, please raise this in the recruitment process when your needs, balanced with the requirements of the role, will be fully considered.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity across our organisation as well as across all areas of our science community. As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our commitment to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.
We will actively seek to avoid discrimination on the grounds of age, being or becoming a transsexual person, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), sex or sexual orientation.
The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation and has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN - a scheme that recognises an organisation's commitment and progress in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.