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Wastewater Scientific Officer - Officer

Location Belfast
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £13.06 per hour
Published about 1 year ago
Start date ASAP
Contact email Coleen O'Hara
Job ref WSO-L6-COH_1663159776

Job description

Job Title: Wastewater Scientific Officer

Location: Belfast

Length: 6 Months

The Client: NI Water

The Role:

  • Provide assistance/support to the Wastewater Deputy Scientific Process Manager (line manager) and offer advice/support to Wastewater operational Field staff.
  • Compile scientific data/information and be responsible for the management of sampling resources such as testing equipment etc.
  • Perform on-site tests e.g. Clarity, Turbidity, NH3(N), checking D.O's and MLSS levels, FeSo4 dose rate, checking WwTW's general condition/operational status etc.) as required and accurately record results in order to monitor performance of a Treatment Process and to identify process problems at a WwTW. These on-site tests results must be reported to the Deputy Scientific Process Manager daily and recorded on central database. The post holder will be responsible for maintaining their area of the Database.
  • Collect Wastewater Samples at WwTW on as required and deliver samples in conjunction with appropriate paperwork as required and within predetermined time frames and under environmental conditions Set up (and distribute if necessary) Automatic Samplers at various sites as directed for the purposes of collecting Regulatory and operational samples to monitor performance of a Wastewater Treatment Process. A condition check of the Automatic Sampler should also be carried out.
  • Access Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as required to interrogate sampling schedules, plan sampling "runs" and to access analytical results of samples collected for reporting purposes.
  • Generate Samples reports/results, as directed by Deputy Scientific Process Manager.
  • Responsible for making decisions in the field that can impact on the level of Regulatory Compliance.
  • Assist the Deputy Scientific Process Manager in information gathering in order to allow them to prepare Exceedance Investigation Reports.
  • Liaise with Wastewater Networks staff and Trade Effluent Section to reduce the impact which discharges to the sewer may have on Wastewater Treatment Processes.
  • Assist in the collection of data for PPC reporting purposes.
  • Assist in matters relating to Energy Efficiency and cost saving initiatives.
  • Carry out other duties as required by business need.

Hours of work: 42 hours per week



  1. Possess an A Level (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or environmental subject OR 3 year's demonstrable experience working in a Water or Wastewater scientific or scientific process role.
  1. A minimum of 5 GCSE's Grade C or above, to include English and Maths, or equivalent.
  2. Have an understanding of a wastewater treatment processes and of analytical tests carried out on wastewater
  1. Competent in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook applications
  2. A full current driving license enabling the post holder to drive in Northern Ireland as they will be required to drive a Northern Ireland Water vehicle.
  1. A requirement to participate in an on call rota to fulfil business needs.


  1. 3rd level qualification in a relevant scientific or environmental subject, or 5 years' experience working in a Water or Wastewater scientific or process role.

In Return:

  • Rate of pay: £13.06 per hour

Successful candidates may need to apply for an Access NI Certificate with Staffline regardless if you already have a valid certificate. It will be a cost of between £18 - £33 depending on clearance level.

If you are interested and available for this position, please upload your CV to the link or contact Coleen O'Hara -

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