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Academic internship: Analysis of air quality data for evaluating catchment sensitive farming - 25451

The Environment Agency
Bristol, Reading
£20,507 pro rata
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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Job Details

Number of jobs available  1

Region  South East, South West

City/Town  Bristol , Reading

Building/Site  Horizon House, Kings Meadow House

Grade  Staff Grade 2

Post Type  Internship

Working Pattern  Full Time

Role Type  Science

Salary Minimum  £20,507 pro rata

Job description  

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a government-led partnership which provides advice that enables farmers to reduce pollution and manage flood risk. We currently undertake a robust monitoring and modelling programme to evaluate the impact of CSF ( and are developing an air quality assessment to compliment this evaluation. The intern will work with air quality leads in both Environment Agency and Natural England to compile and review ammonia air quality monitoring data, and modelled background ammonia concentrations.

The aim of this work is to investigate and interpret ammonia data sets.

The intern, in discussion with Environment Agency staff, will be able to decide the focus and depth of this work in the following areas:

a) spatial analysis of ammonia concentration, and correlation with land use, CSF uptake, and water quality

b) monitoring data analysis- which could include analysis using Open Air Software.

The team  

We are a small, friendly multidisciplinary team of scientists who have wide-ranging expertise in water quality, air quality and natural flood management. We utilise monitoring and modelling to provide evidence on agriculture to support policy development and implementation. Based at various locations around England the team operates flexibly, our work is readily accessible and makes a real difference, we influence colleagues within the Environment Agency as well as Natural England and Defra.

Experience/skills required  

Applicants might have a background in air quality, biodiversity, environmental science or agriculture.

Additionally, you will:

· be studying towards, or have recently completed, an undergraduate, master’s or PhD degree;
· have good communication and writing skills;
· Be confident working with quantitative and qualitative data and information and be able to draw reliable conclusions;
· be able to demonstrate a variety of communication methods used to convey ideas and present complex information in an understandable way;
· be comfortable working independently as well as part of a team;
· Be a competent MS Office user;
· proficiency in MS Excel, ARC GIS, or open air would be welcomed.

Contact and additional information  

Please contact Mella Waitt, (Senior Advisor in Agriculture, Risk and Evaluation), for further information: (Phone: 07881 412993)

This post will be based in Bristol, though we will also consider Reading as an alternative.

Interviews will take place on MS Teams in March.

The internship will last for up to 16 weeks, starting in July and ending by 31 October at the latest.

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Closing Date:  

17/02/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required  

Basic Check

Length of contract  

until 31/10/2023

Competence 1  

Scientific Knowledge


This post will provide you with an opportunity to apply your scientific knowledge to current environmental issues by assessing the impact of management interventions. You will work in a multidisciplinary team which will provide specialist subject support across water quality, air quality and natural flood management. The project relates to evaluating how Agriculture interventions impact aerial ammonia emissions, with linkages to biodiversity and impacts on habitats.

This role will particularly suit a student who would like to understand how research and data are used to inform environmental management. Knowledge and scientific background in air quality, agriculture, land use or biodiversity is preferred but not essential.

Competence 2  

Environmental Awareness


The Environment Agency works to protect and improve the environment. Acting to reduce the impacts of a changing climate on people and wildlife is at the heart of everything we do. Within England we are responsible for regulating major industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, water quality and resources, fisheries, inland river, estuary and harbour navigations, conservation and ecology and managing the risk of flooding. We are looking for a student who is passionate about these issues and is looking for a career in environmental protection.

Competence 3  

Applies Analytical Knowledge and Experience


This post will provide you with an opportunity to apply your analytical skills, knowledge, and experience to test emerging approaches to air quality analysis. Your findings will help to improve and refine these approaches, shaping future research and the ways in which we communicate air quality and the benefits of CSF advice.

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.


The Environment Agency operates at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives.  We work closely with a wide range of partners to achieve a cleaner, healthier environment which benefits people and the economy; to better protect the nation against natural threats and hazards and to build stronger partnerships, while applying the environmental standards within which industry can operate. 

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