Flood & Coastal Risk Management
Evidence & Risk Officer
Grade 5: £36,389
Imagine tomorrow: create the models that guide future flood resilience
We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment.
The nation’s investment in flood and coastal defences has helped to protect properties and reduce the impacts of flooding on lives and livelihoods. Between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2027, the government is investing a further £5.2 billion in reducing the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. Alongside the construction of hard flood defences, our programme will seek to incorporate natural flood management and climate change allowances into the design of our schemes as well as create habitats for wildlife.
Our Evidence and Risk teams provide vital advice on how to manage flood risk, at both community and national scale. By having input to flood defence schemes, advising on land use, building real-time models to use in our flood warning service and preparing for emergencies, you’ll be helping to protect people, property and the environment from the challenges of global climate change. Your skills have never mattered more.
As an Evidence and Risk Officer, you’ll provide modelling expertise and forecasting advice to help build a country more resilient to climate change. Working with a range of partner organisations, as well as internal project teams, you’ll provide vital technical input. In particular you will develop and review fluvial models and advise on hydrological assessments and hydraulic modelling approaches. We’ll make sure you have every opportunity to develop your skills and complete your professional accreditation.
Modelling experience is essential: you’re likely to have knowledge of river modelling or flood forecasting, either in a real-time or ‘non-real time’ environment. You’ll also be capable of creating and editing models using standard commercial modelling packages. Good problem-solving and decision-making skills are important. Highly organised and able to prioritise your workload, you’ll also be ready to share your findings. That means being a persuasive communicator, able to influence others and gain agreement.
Our benefits package includes generous annual leave, an excellent pension and flexible working arrangements. We’ll also look after your wellbeing through our employee assistance programme, shopping and leisure discounts, and interest-free loans for bikes and season ticket loans.
There are many opportunities to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.
The Environment Agency is committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies.