Senior Hydrogeologist

£32,000 - £49,000 yearly
  • Severn Trent Water
  • Midlands UK
  • 14 Apr, 2022
Full time Engineering

Job Description



Want to do the best work of your life? Playing your part in making a big difference to the environment and communities we serve. Our people make Severn Trent a truly exciting and inclusive place to work – a place where you can be yourself and let your skills shine.

Our purpose is taking care of life’s essentials, but we’re also big on making a difference, not just because we should but because we care.

With that in mind we’re looking for a Senior Hydrogeologist who loves a technical challenge, to join our dynamic team driving our groundwater strategy forward to a sustainable and resilient future.

Do you come from a senior hydrogeologist or an environmental regulator background and have experience of water resources management? Are you an excellent communicator with great influencing skills, and the ability to communicate simple or complex messages as required to promote practical solutions? Or perhaps you have extensive experience in dealing with legislation influencing water resources and groundwater and the regulations and standards around drinking water quality?

If so, then read on


One third of the Severn Trent Water supply system is obtained from groundwater resources, obtained from approximately 150 sources and 300 boreholes.  As a Senior Hydrogeologist, you will be a member of Severn Trent Water’s Hydrogeology Team, comprising technical specialists that shape the groundwater strategy for the company, provide technical advice and operational support, and both develop and maintain catchment risk assessments for the business.

When successful, you will lead projects and programmes of work to support the team’s goals. You will work with our stakeholders to protect and enhance the quality of our groundwater, make improvements to our processes/asset data and undertake investigations so that we have the best evidence available from which we can make sound business decisions.  You will coach and mentor junior team members and be an active member of industry technical / scientific bodies and lead on policy development.

The areas of work relating to groundwater and hydrogeology include:

  • Water quality risk assessments and long-term complex source investigations
  • Research on emerging contaminants, investigations and external collaboration with treatment process engineers and our innovation team to promote new strategies   
  • Development of strategies to inform the Water Resources Management Plan and Business Plan submissions
  • Water Supply System strategy development through collaboration with our Sustainable Abstraction, Infrastructure/Network and Operational teams
  • Building resilience capability into our assets, covering both quantity and quality, and influencing the business to transition away from traditional investment routes
  • Borehole capital maintenance schemes, acting as the technical sponsor
  • Turbidity, water quality and downhole site investigation programmes to inform capital programmes pre-feasibility, and understand DO recovery potential
  • Tactical support and advice to operational teams to maintain the availability and quality of the water for our customers.

If you’d like to know some more of the exiting, and industry changing programs you’ll be part of, along with some more details about your day to day role, apply now!


With that said, yes, it’s important that we attract the right skill sets, and those with the right experience but we value character, positivity and a caring attitude in equal weight.

With skillsets in mind, we need a qualified hydrogeologist with a proven track record in hydrogeology/water resources.  You will have an MSc in hydrogeology or similar and a breadth of knowledge and experience in:


  • Legislation influencing water resources and groundwater
  • The regulations and standards around drinking water quality
  • Asset management of groundwater assets
  • Groundwater and water resource evaluation processes and techniques
  • Contaminant investigations, remedial options, treatment processes
  • A track record of collaborative working with partner organisations and stakeholders
  • An understanding of the water industry, the regulatory price review and the Water Resources Management Planning processes.

We’re after someone with great project planning and organisational skills, who can work under pressure.  You’ll have excellent communication skills and the ability to build and sustain relationships, and influence stakeholders. You’ll be able to lead consultants and specify, scope and deliver programmes of work.

We want people who show up and roll their sleeves up. Restless spirits who are ready to be part of something bigger, who care, who really care... because when you really care, you’ll go above and beyond. When you really care you don’t just talk about it, you do more. 

We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality as we know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our communities. We employ thousands of people from across our community who really care about what they do. Because that is how we do what we do. 

And when it comes to inclusion, we’re making sure we keep up the progress with our wonderful working groups – LGBTQ+, Women in Operations & STEM, Disability and Ethnicity; who help us do just that.

We do more, because we care.


It’s not just a job you’ll get here, you’ll get a career too. We have a range of benefits that reward and recognise great work and award-winning training to ensure you reach your potential. And we’ll also help you play your part in looking after the environment and the community in which we live.  Here’s some of our favourites:

  • 28 days holiday + bank holidays (and the ability to buy/ sell up to 5 days per year) 
  • Annual bonus scheme (of up to £2,250 dependent on company performance) 
  • Leading pension scheme – we will double your contribution (up to 15% when you contribute 7.5%) 
  • Sharesave – the chance to buy Severn Trent Plc shares at a discounted rate 
  • Dedicated training and development with our ‘Academy’ 
  • Private medical cover, life assurance, income protection and personal accident cover 
  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers 
  • Family friendly policies 
  • Two volunteering days per year    


Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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