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Hydrologist - UK

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Hydrologist to join our growing team.

As a technology scale-up we are looking for a proactive and dynamic individual with a passion for reducing the impact of natural hazards, globally. They should possess deep knowledge and experience of hydrological measurement/monitoring and preferably in addition, experience of working within or with relevant organisations (e.g. the Environment Agency, Local Drainage Boards, Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA) to gain flood-related permits/consents prior to delivering works in proximity to waterbodies and water courses (e.g. permits for flood risk activities, land drainage consents).

The Hydrologist will be responsible for helping deliver day-to-day operational aspects of the delivery of Previsico’s sensor solutions in the UK, including but not limited to undertaking preliminary site visits to gauge technical and consenting requirements for hydrological sensor instrumentation and supporting device installations and maintenance operations, and associated activities, as appropriate.

We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position, as we value and embrace the unique perspectives and experiences that individuals from all walks of life bring to our company and its culture.

Key responsibilities

As the Hydrologist, your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Undertaking preliminary site visits to gauge technical and consenting requirements prior to hydrological sensor instrumentation. Site visits will include comprehensive hydrological assessments to identify flow patterns, drainage system(s) performance and functionality, and/or flood risks within designated areas.
  • Interpretation of drainage maps/plans, flood risk maps and/or other related resources to support scoping of technical and consenting requirements.
  • Liaising with relevant stakeholders (e.g. Environment Agency, Drainage Boards, SEPA, Natural Resources Wales, Lead Local Flood Authorities) to gain permissions prior to sensor(s) instrumentation.
  • Owning responsibility for supporting customers during consenting processes prior to installation(s) (e.g. with environmental regulatory bodies and third-party land owners), as appropriate.
  • Prepare detailed reports, technical documentation, and presentations summarising findings from site surveys and installations and recommendations for a range of audiences.
  • Assist with aspects of the day-to-day delivery and maintenance of sensors within the UK, supporting other geographies, as appropriate.
  • Assess the potential impact of flooding on infrastructure, communities, and the environment, and provide recommendations for risk mitigation strategies.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to integrate hydrological insights into flood management strategies, including flood action plans.
  • Participate in emergency response activities, potentially providing expert advice during flood events.
  • Stay abreast of advancements in hydrological science, technology, and methodologies.
  • Undertaking site audits to ensure pre- and post-installation works are completed to an appropriate standard.
  • Building, nurturing and owning relationships with customers, suppliers and subcontractors, as appropriate.
  • Supporting and/or delivering subcontractor training, as appropriate, and with support from the wider sensors team.
  • Ensuring effective adoption and utilisation of Previsico’s field service management system(s).
  • Bid and technical report writing, as appropriate.

Person Specification

You’re encouraged to showcase proficiency in the majority (ideally all) of the following criteria. However, if you believe you possess the essential qualities despite not meeting every single requirement, we invite you to reach out. Let’s engage in a conversation to explore the potential for a strong alignment.

  • Knowledge and/or experience of the use of sensors for environmental monitoring (experience in and/or knowledge of flood and/or hydrological monitoring techniques required).
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in hydrology, geomorphology, engineering or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in environmental monitoring and/or hydrological analysis or related disciplines.
  • Experience of working within or with relevant consenting organisations, such as the Environment Agency, Local Drainage Boards and Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA).
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, planning policy, best practice and design standards relating to flood risk management and related areas.
  • Knowledge of UK water management regulations, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Able to provide drainage and flood risk management advice from a regulatory perspective.
  • Solid understanding of hydrological principles, rainfall-runoff processes, and flood risk assessment methodologies.
  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to analyse complex hydrological data and derive actionable insights with experience in statistical analysis and GIS tools.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams and engage with stakeholders from various sectors with an ability to programme works, projects and/or tasks.
  • Ability to thrive in a challenging environment, prioritise tasks effectively, and respond promptly to changing flood conditions and priorities.
  • Experience in technical and commercial report writing.
  • Excellent organisational skills, communication and interpersonal skills with a willingness to attend conferences / events.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm to overcome challenges and create new opportunities with tenacity and drive to meet or exceed targets.
  • A pro-active approach to health, safety, wellbeing and protecting the environment.
  • Relevant training/certificates including for example, CSCS, BPSS, NRSWA, CAT and Genny.

Pay and working arrangements

  • Salary will be competitive, reflecting the candidate’s skills and experience.
  • 5% share options.
  • 33 days holiday including statutory Bank Holidays.
  • The position is based in our Loughborough office although we will consider flexible working arrangements.
  • The applicant will need to have the right to work in the UK.
  • The applicant will need to have a full UK driving licence as this role involves travel to client sites.
  • We encourage a healthy work-life balance and support ongoing professional development opportunities for all team members.
  • We understand the importance of work/life balance and offer flexible working arrangements. Our hybrid working model means we expect most people to combine coming into the office with working remotely, either from home or elsewhere. We are encouraging a 60:40 split either way, with a full-time colleague typically being in the office 2-3 days a week. How you split your time will depend on the meetings in your diary, projects you may be working on etc – we want you to be able to embrace the flexibility while thinking about what works best for the company and you.
  • Company Pension.
  • Company Events and away days.