Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Edinburgh or Dingwall, but nearby SEPA offices may be considered
Band D, £31,389.00 to £36,188.00, starting salary will be on the base of the salary scale, £31,389.00
SEPA is responsible for protecting and improving Scotland's unique and beautiful environment, making a greener place to live and creating a sustainable legacy for future generations.
You'll be a senior member of the Water Resources Unit, providing scientific support for the sustainable management of Scotland's surface and groundwater resources. Our work is all about evaluating the resource available for use, disseminating the results and advising on the mitigation of risk.
A strong background in hydrogeology is a key requirement, preferably at MSc level, coupled with work experience and specialist knowledge of at least one of the following industry sectors: landfill operations, contaminated land, surface mining, coal bed methane extraction, groundwater abstraction, agricultural nitrates and management of radioactive substances. Ideally, you'll have experience from both regulator and developer perspectives.
You'll be recognised as the best source of information within a regionally-focussed, multidisciplinary team of surface and groundwater resources staff. You'll often find yourself providing technical advice to support pragmatic regulation of complex sites, either directly yourself or through supervision of junior members of the team. It's a challenging role, and an additional responsibility will include supporting strategic work at a national level and managing bespoke investigative research or emergency response projects.
This position offers a fantastic opportunity to apply your technical hydrogeological skills across a wide range of work areas, including new and emerging industrial sectors. The ability to lead the development of guidance, procedures and new techniques, and evaluate the corresponding risks and benefits to the service, is vital.
The role calls for the ability to travel and work occasionally outside of regular hours, so a full UK driving licence is preferred.
Closing date: Monday 3 September 2012.