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Data Analyst and freshwater ecology field support scientist

The Environment Agency North West has a number of remotely deployed telemetered and non-telemetered Sondes in watercourses (rivers and lakes) across the North West, which have been deployed to investigate a range of water quality issues. The sondes are able to continuously measure a range of water quality parameters including dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, turbidity, pH, ammonium (NH4+), and chlorophyll. The analysis of this data is essential in providing the evidence needed to identify sources of pollution and implement a programme of measures with a view of aiming to achieve 'Good Status' under the Water Framework Directive.

We require an enthusiastic and motivated student or recent graduate to analyse and report water quality monitoring data in a format suitable to inform our business of significant environmental impacts or trends for future investigations in the field. The intern will be responsible for analysing and reporting the data and communicating their findings to the team and the wider organisation through the production of high quality written reports. Opportunities to assist our National Water Quality Instrumentation team in the deployment and collection of these sondes will also be given, providing the student with field experience complimentary of the data being analysed.

As a member of the Analysis and Reporting team, there will also be opportunities to assist our staff with a range of other data reporting tasks and the completion of the freshwater ecology programme. The intern will have an opportunity to commence training in freshwater invertebrate and macrophyte identification and complete internal training courses which may be of interest to them that are available via the Environment Agency’s e-learning system.

The internship is for 420 hours and must be completed by the end of September 2014.

There are two Environment Agency offices in the North West; Penrith and Preston. The student can choose which office to primarily be based depending on their place of residence but there will be a requirement to visit the second office at least once a week (travel between offices will be paid by the Agency).

The internship is part-funded by Lancaster Environment Centre.

Skills required

The candidate should be working towards (or completed) a relevant environment related degree with some demonstrable training in freshwater science / ecology / biology.

The candidate will need to have knowledge and/or experience of interpreting and reporting on environmental data, particularly from the freshwater environment, and a good understanding of environmental monitoring techniques in the aquatic environment.
A good working knowledge and competency of using Word and Excel is essential, and experience of using Windows based statistical programmes such as Minitab/SPSS (or similar) would be highly advantageous.
A work place supervisor and members of the A&R team will help guide and advise the student, but it is essential that the candidate should be a motivated and confident self starter with the ability to comfortably work independently, make decisions, solve problems and manage their time effectively.

Further information


Environment Agency
The Environment Agency was established to protect and improve the environment; we work to create a better place for people and wildlife. We do this in part by monitoring the water environment across ecological and chemical elements, investigating failing elements and implement actions in order to improve the quality of watercourses.


Lutra House, , Dodd Way, , Walton Summit, , Bamber Bridge, , Preston, , PR5 8BX

Hourly rate

£6.31 (plus holiday pay)

Closing date

Sun 29th June 2014

Interview date

To be confirmed