Lead Specialist Advisor: Hydrogeology

  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Cardiff, UK
  • 14 Sep, 2020
Full time Engineering

Job Description


  • Location: Flexible, Cardiff preferred
  • Grade & Salary: G7, £37,973 rising to £42,584 over four years
  • Post number: 201478
  • Type of contract: Permanent
  • Work pattern: full time

Closing date: 11 October 2020

Benefits: Civil Service pension, 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over 5 years, flexible working options, occupational health including counselling and advisory services and eye care, childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes.

Role Purpose

As a lead senior advisor in hydrogeology you’ll be expected to:

  • Provide technical advice to the local planning authority on applications for new developments, including assessment of site investigation reports, risk assessments, remediation statements, remediation verification reports and groundwater protection.
  • Assess permit applications which pose a risk to groundwater
  • Manage groundwater resources, including assessing abstraction licence applications and their supporting hydrogeological impact assessments
  • Assess hydrogeological risk assessments for landfills, and provide support on the enforcement of groundwater related permit conditions
  • Advise our environment management teams on instances of pollution to land and groundwater and support enforcement action where required
  • Support the management and operation of the groundwater quality and level networks across Wales.
  • Work with others to protect groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems (wetlands)
  • Develop and manage projects to improve our understanding of groundwater and land contamination issues in Wales
  • Develop and provide advice on policy and guidance for compliance with EU Directives & domestic legislation.
  • Advise the Welsh Government on developing legislation and guidance and provide support to relevant EU, UK and Wales Working Groups.




Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality & Planning; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality and Planning; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  • Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders and industries involved with Hydrogeology in Wales;
  • Experience of: In-depth understanding of the Hydrogeology discipline/ topic and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery;
  • Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  • You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and have achieved Corporate Membership of a Professional body (e.g. Geological Society, MICE, MCIHT, MCIWEM or MRICS) at Chartered status (e.g. CGeol) or working towards chartership.
  • Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena;
  • Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required;