Senior Hydrologist, National Flood Hydrology

Closing date 25/10/2020

We are looking to recruit a number of senior hydrologists at the Environment Agency to drive improvements in flood hydrology. We have a real opportunity to make changes that affect the science of flood risk for England in both forecasting and flood estimation.

Working closely with other teams, you can expect to be involved in any of the following:

  • Define technical priorities and drive technical improvements in the agency in operational flood hydrology in either forecasting models or flood estimation and characterisation.
  • Define and lead technically on strategic national research and improvements projects
  • Provide expert hydrology input and sign off to complex and national projects
  • Build hydrological expertise in the agency: Inspire, train and mentor other hydrologists
  • Raise the profile of hydrology as a science

Each position will cover one of the following areas:

  • Operational hydrology for EA forecasting system
  • Operational hydrology for non-real-time assessments
  • Strategic hydrology, hydrometric data
  • Strategic hydrology, scientific understanding and modelling
  • Strategic hydrology, UK flood hydrology capability

There are also opportunities to get involved with incident management by becoming one of the monitoring and forecasting duty officers who provide forecast information for flood warning and response. You'll get all the training and support you need.

Experience/skills required

We are looking someone who is keen to see improvements in the way things are done with a degree (preferably masters) in hydrology or a closely related engineering or scientific discipline and experience in flood hydrology.


  • In-depth understanding of hydrological processes
  • Extensive experience building and calibrating hydrological models for floods
  • Experience in hydrometric monitoring with understanding of data limitations
  • Sound scientific reasoning and ability to make practical compromises
  • Ability to build relationships and communicate hydrological concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Passion for self-development and coaching others
  • Commitment to quality
  • An ability to work with people to drive change

You will also have one or more of the following:

  • In-depth understanding of the operational use of the EA flood forecasting system
  • In-depth understanding of extreme value analysis and hydrological models used in non-real time flood estimation
  • In-depth understanding of hydrometry, data uses and quality control
  • An ability foster collaboration between diverse groups and create change
  • Strong mathematics with ability to appraise novel hydrological methods in detail

Salary: 45,367

The Environment Agency is a good employer which has looked after staff through the pandemic and also offers an extensive range of employee benefits including a good pension scheme

For further details and to apply please see the full job advert here.

Interviews will take place remotely on 10th, 11th November 2020.

For more information contact

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. We are unable to provide sponsorship for these roles.

It is a dispersed team. Positions can be located at any Environment Agency office.

Preferred locations: Reading, Exeter, Solihull, Warrington, Leeds, Peterborough, Worthing, Bristol.

Possible locations: West Malling, Blandford Forum, Bodmin, Bridgwater, Ipswich, Lichfield, Lincoln, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Penrith, Preston, Romsey, Shrewsbury, Tewkesbury, Wallingford, Welwyn Garden City, York

Due to COVID-19 you will initially be based from home as all our offices will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

posted: 06 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.