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We have an excellent opportunity for an Assistant Environmental Scientist to join our Environmental Investigations team working within the Water Quality department.

Are you passionate about the environment and interested in pursuing a career in environmental science and data-driven analytics? Do you have an interest in water quality monitoring and data analysis and want to further develop your skills? If so, this role could be for you.

What you'll do

You will play a key role in developing data analysis capabilities. This will involve supporting investigations into water quality, with opportunities to work alongside teams delivering investigations into water resources and biodiversity.

You will work closely with the other Environmental Scientists to develop and apply tools to assist with data QA, environmental modelling, statistical analysis and visualisation.

Reporting to the Senior Environmental Scientist, your role will involve

  • water quality monitoring and collecting other environmental data
  • supporting with the QA of data collected for use within our environmental investigations
  • developing tools to support the environmental investigations team with complex environmental modelling challenges
  • supporting our Smart Rivers team with the analysis of data from our water quality sensor network
  • assisting in the development of data science guidelines and standards to ensure good working practices
  • the maintenance of databases for environmental data
  • assisting with the production of reports on our investigations for our regulators
  • assisting the wider team with other environmental monitoring such as macroinvertebrate surveys, fish surveys and catchment walkover surveys.

What you'll need

A successful candidate will hold a BSc degree in a relevant subject with experience in environmental monitoring and data analysis.

In addition, you will need

  • a scientific approach to data handling, interpretation, management and reporting
  • excellent written and verbal presentation skills, including the ability to write clear, thorough, and coherent scientific reports
  • computer literacy, including Microsoft Office
  • an understanding of the environmental issues affecting the water industry
  • good time management and organisational skills
  • a strong work ethic with the desire to learn more about the environment and new technical skills
  • a valid full UK driving licence
  • to be a strong swimmer due to the potential to work near open water.

It would also be desirable for you to have

  • experience in data manipulation, analysis and reporting using Python, R or a similar programming language
  • experience with the git version control language
  • experience with databases and the ability to write SQL
  • experience analysing spatially referenced data, either using GIS software, such as ArcMap, ArcPro or QGIS, or through other methods
  • knowledge of statistical analysis for hypothesis testing, time series analysis and modelling
  • an understanding of machine learning methods
  • an understanding of environmental legislation regarding water quality
  • experience in environmental monitoring.

What you'll receive

  • A competitive salary with opportunities to progress within the team.
  • Total pension contributions up to 20%.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • 25 days' holiday rising to 28 with length of service.
  • The opportunity to buy up to ten days' holiday and sell up to five every year.
  • A healthcare package that allows you to claim back healthcare costs.
  • Life assurance of up to eight times your salary.
  • A new electric car in exchange for part of your gross salary.
  • Cashback and discounts from more than 3,000 retailers.
  • One paid volunteering day each year.
  • Enhanced family leave and pay arrangements.
  • An interactive health and wellbeing platform.
  • Support from mental health first aiders.
  • A £1,000 referral fee if you recommend someone to work for us.

Who we are

We are one of the top-performing water and sewerage companies in England and Wales, serving 2.9 million people across the South West.

The work we do goes beyond providing an essential public service. We also aim to have a positive impact on the communities we serve and the natural environment.

Our people tell us Wessex Water is a great place to work, which is why so many of them stay with us! You will have the opportunity to develop and progress your career, while also receiving health and wellbeing support.

We also continue to promote diversity and inclusion – with that in mind, all applicants are welcome. We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a Disability Confident Employer.

This is an exciting opportunity to join us and if you would like to be part of our journey, we would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to let us know about any additional support you may need.

Sound interesting? Apply to start your application.