Senior Hydrologist (initial 2 Year Fixed Term Contract)

£35,000 - £38,000 yearly
  • Canal and River Trust
  • Remote (Birmingham, UK)
  • 09 Nov, 2022
Full time Waste & Water Modelling Water Engineering Hydrology & Modelling Water and Wastewater Water Management

Job Description

Senior Hydrologist (initial 2 Year Fixed Term Contract)

Salary: £35,000 - £38,000 + benefits

About Us

We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions

We are currently looking for a Senior Hydrologist to join our national Water Management Team on a 2-year fixed term contract.You’ll be supporting the delivery of on-going strategic water resource and flood risk management projects.

As a Senior Hydrologist you’ll be applying your technical knowledge and expertise to secure the effective strategic management of water resources and flood risk management around the network. You’ll be exposed to diverse hydrological problems on our canals, navigable rivers, network of over 1,500 locks and 72 reservoirs, among other infrastructure. You’ll be able to visit our network first-hand through site investigations and surveys when required.

Find out more about our Water Management team:

Location & coverage

This vacancy will be offered on a remote working basis,with a requirement to regularly attend our hub spaces as and when required for team working and meetings.It is therefore essential that applicants are able and willing to work effectively from home.

Our hubs include:Leeds, Ellesmere Port, Burnley, Birmingham, Newark, Milton Keynes, Gloucester, London.

Applicants would ideally be accessible toBirmingham/Hattonfor intermittent catch ups with the leadership team.

This role will also involve regular travel to and along the reservoirs, canals, and river navigations across the canal network. The regularity and distribution of travel will be discussed further at interview stage.

See our network map here:

About the role

Key Accountabilities:

Contribute to the development of strategic policies, procedures and plans by involvement in specific projects. Contribute to The Trust responses to external consultations from regulators, government, and others.

Provide specialist advice on water management and flood risk management issues, to regional and central teams. Support colleagues to ensure that requirements and concerns are accounted for in any planned engineering works or other projects. Provide specialist support to moderate/significant complexity projects, to quantify water resource supply/demand issues and address flood risk management concerns.

Effectively manage strategic water management projects ensuring delivery to time and budget, working outside in all weathers. Ensure compliance with The Trust’s and partner's policies and procedures with reference to health & safety and environment & heritage issues.

Undertake complex hydrological data analysis/modelling, research and development within area of expertise.
Displaying the Trust’s values and behaviours at all times.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills


Post Graduate Degree (e.g. MSc) or equivalent in relevant subject e.g. Water Resource or Flood Risk Management.

Ideally chartered, or close to making an application for chartered membership of a professional body e.g. CIWEM.

Demonstrate comprehensive experience in specialised field of hydrology/water resources management/hydrometry/ hydrological and/or hydraulic modelling

Broad knowledge, understanding and application of primary hydrological processes and models.

Understanding of majority of regulatory and legislative frameworks affecting the Trust’s water management (e.g. Water Resources Act, Water Act, F&WM Act).


Computer literate in MS Office and awareness/experience of GIS or mapping systems.

Excellent level of written communication skills and numerical ability.

Good presentation skills, able to effectively convey complex information to technical & non-technical audiences.

Ability to manage own and others time effectively, prioritising tasks with little guidance/supervision necessary.
Awareness of the Trust’s governance, systems of compliance, relevant/applicable standards and processes.

Valid driving licence appropriate for vehicle to be driven.

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What We Offer

In addition to your salary of £35,000 - £38,000, you will benefit from a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, great holiday entitlement and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits, all of which can be found here ( These include:

25 days paid holiday, plus paid Bank Holidays, increasing to 27 days plus Bank Holidays after 3 years

Home working status with ‘hub’ facilities available if a need to work outside of home – flexibility.

Monday to Friday working, no weekend working.

Annual £200 personal learning & growth award to spend on any learning related activity – hobbies; aspirations etc.

Free access to specialist counselling on a range of issues – health; financial; lifestyle; well-being; domestic & neighbourly matters.

Access to a range of employee benefits including – store discounts; boating holiday discounts; holiday purchase scheme.

2 days paid volunteering leave, volunteering for local community project work.

At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust. We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job.

When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations. Come and share your passion and knowledge with a team that makes a difference to millions of people every day.

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