What is the purpose of the role?
Working in the Catchment Control section of the Water Quality Team you will be responsible for undertaking a range of activities in order to reduce diffuse pollution of water, thereby ensuring compliance with drinking water standards in the Thames region.
What makes this role unique?
This is a great opportunity to combine knowledge of diffuse pollution and how various catchment activities can impact on water quality. This knowledge is essential for ensuring that the quality of Thames Water's drinking water is at the level expected by both customers and regulators. This role enables you to work within a scientific industry whilst also engaging and communicating with external stakeholders such as farmers, agronomists, and various catchment groups. You will represent Thames Water and need to build strong working relationships to help influence policies and procedures to protect drinking water sources.
What will this role involve?
Understanding how agriculture impacts on the quality of drinking water sources.
Working with the agricultural sector to raise awareness of their impact and develop catchment management activities.
Delivery of the National Environment Programme water quality projects for the Environment Agency, with particular focus on diffuse pollution of surface water.
Interpretation and analysis of large water quality datasets and communication of findings to stakeholders.
Production of internal and external reports. Contributing to the development of our strategy on catchment management.
Delivering regulatory projects for the Drinking Water Inspectorate and the Environment Agency for metaldehyde, other pesticides and nitrate.
Developing positive working relationships with stakeholders such as our regulators, pesticide manufacturers and users of pesticides.
Ensuring we take an industry lead in technical workshops.
Providing technical support such as undertaking media releases, responding to customer enquiries and supporting the business during pollution events. Supporting strategic drinking water research needs.
What are we looking for?
A graduate, or equivalent, in environmental sciences or agricultural studies preferably with an understanding of how pesticides can impact on the aquatic environment. You must be able to apply this knowledge and use your communication skills to effectively influence a range of stakeholders involved in the pesticide industry. Experience with GIS is desirable. You must be confident working autonomously and any previous agricultural experience would be strongly desirable. Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are also crucial, as you will be liaising with internal and external stakeholders on a day to day basis. Access to a van will be provided so full driving licence is required for this role as some of the work will be field-based within the Thames Water catchment area.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is offering a salary of up to £30,000 depending on skills and experience and will be based from our Rose Kiln Court site in Reading. Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension and holiday scheme and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year.
About Thames Water
Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.
We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 17/04/2019.