Fluvial Modelling and Forecasting Officer

£23,963 yearly
  • Environment Agency
  • England, UK
  • 02 Aug, 2021
Full time Engineering

Job Description

Environment Agency

Flood & Coastal Risk Management

Fluvial Modelling and Forecasting Officer

Grade 3: £23,963

Various locations


Build tomorrow: expand your expertise and help guide future flood resilience


The challenge


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.


The role


As a Fluvial Modelling and Forecasting Officer, you’ll support the development of new fluvial modelling and forecasting approaches to build a country more resilient to climate change. Working with a range of partner organisations, as well as internal project teams, you’ll assist on hydrological assessments and hydraulic modelling approaches. As well as developing your modelling skills on simple fluvial flood models, you’ll focus on managing flood and hydrological data, and become the key point of contact for your team. It’s a great opportunity to deepen your skills in hydrology, geography, fluvial modelling (including real time) or data management and begin your professional accreditation.

The person


You will have basic hydrology, fluvial modelling, data management or GIS experience and be committed to continuing your technical development. Knowledge of river modelling and flood forecasting in either a real-time or a ‘non-real time’ environment would be helpful, as would a good grasp of flood risk management. Computer literate, you ideally have a working knowledge of GIS software, and experience in creating, editing or reviewing hydraulic models is welcome. Well-organised and collaborative in your approach, you’ll have good problem-solving and decision-making skills. You’ll also being an excellent communicator, able to build good working relationships and influence others.


The benefits


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.