Flood and Water Management Advisor

Flood and Water Management Advisor

Somerset County Council are a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) as defined by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Flood Risk Regulations 2009.

We are responsible for local flood risks, involving flooding from surface water, ‘ordinary watercourses’, groundwater, canals, lakes and small reservoirs. We have several statutory functions, but we also work to develop partnerships and ensure effective working between authorities that have control over flood risk in Somerset.

We are entering an exciting time as an authority, working collaboratively with our five district authorities to publish the Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy. We are due to comprehensively update our Local Flood Risk Management Strategy in 2021, to align with the Environment Agency’s ambitious National FCERM strategy, as well as support the delivery of the water workstream of the Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy.

Furthermore, due to unique arrangements in Somerset, we will work with other risk management authorities to support the aims and objectives of a new strategy being developed by the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).

We believe Somerset is an excellent place to grow your career in Flood and Water Management, joining a small but dedicated team of professionals.  Somerset will be disproportionately impacted by the affects of climate change, and as LLFA we will be a key part of keeping the County resilient.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

As part of a small team in a changing organisation, you can expect to be involved in a broad range of activities, beyond simply flood and water management. So, you’ll be expected to understand the broader context of our work, keen to push the bounds of your role through a srong commitment to personal development,  and a desire to collaborate with others to deliver at pace.

The Flood and Water Advisor role will be key to supporting the smooth delivery of the team’s statutory and service functions.

The LLFA are a statutory consultee in the planning process, so you can expect to review flood risk assessments and drainage designs for ‘Major’ planning applications, providing technical advice to the Local Planning Authority. You’ll work with developers and their consultants, championing sustainable development principles, to ensure planning applications meet the requirements of local and national policies.

In addition, you will undertake technical review of Land Drainage Consent applications for works to ordinary watercourses. As part of this work you will identify and manage issues associated with unconsented activities, with a important role in raising awareness of riparian rights and responsibilities and undertaking enforcement action where necessary.

You will work collaboratively with colleagues across the team and wider organisation to respond to a range of queries and requests for information from the public, partners, stakeholders and Members, which may require attending site visits and external meetings.

Working closely with the Senior Flood and Water Management Advisor you’ll scope, lead or support projects within the Flood and Water Management programme, in order to deliver on actions within our Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

You’ll been keen to learn as well as share your passion and expertise with the team, mentoring junior members,  and work effectively with consultants and contractors.

In collaboration with other authorities and partners, you’ll to seek ways to help Somerset communities to prepare for, recover from and become more resilient to the impact of flooding, as part of the LLFA’s incident management role.

A few things about you

You will be a confident and proactive flood risk or water management professional.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to demonstrate a positive attitude towards your work.

You will have a good understanding of our statutory role in the planning system and have the core technical skills required to review flood risk assessments, drainage designs and method statements.  You will ideally have a working knowledge of sustainable drainage and natural flood management principles and be able to demonstrate how you apply them through your work.

Experience of working in a local authority, risk management authority or engineering consultancy in a flood or water related field is anticipated.

You will ideally have some experience of managing projects or programmes, ideally within flood risk management or a related discipline and any experience of scoping and delivering a range of flood risk/ water management/ environmental studies and/ or schemes would be advantageous.

You will have good IT skills, ideally including data management and GIS capability to ensure the effective use, and improvement, of the information we hold to support evidence-based decision making.

You will have some experience of working with consultants and contractors.

A thorough understanding of the Health and Safety implications of our work.

You will ideally have some knowledge of the key funding mechanisms for flood risk management activities.

You will have a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated within flood risk management sector and have excellent communication and partnership development skills.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Fluency duty

Should you wish to discuss this role further, please contact Helen Smith (Service Manager – Flood & Water Management) on 07977 402505 who will be happy to have an informal discussion.

Please note we aim for all recruitment activity to continue as expected, however due to COVID-19 all interviews will be taking place virtually over Microsoft Teams.

DBS information

Standard DBS Required

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Job Overview
  • Hours Per Week
  • Salary
    £30,451 to £34,728
  • Job Category
    Public Sector
  • Disability Confident
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