Natural Flood Management Officer
To successfully develop and deliver NFM projects across the Wyre catchment, within this brief you will spend your time; working with landowners and to develop working relationships, developing and delivering interventions for the purpose of natural flood management, arranging contractors to deliver capital works, managing contactors and volunteers, delivering monitoring and sampling regimes at NFM project sites and reporting the progress of works to the programme manager, Wyre Waters Catchment Partnership and project funders.
The successful candidate will be an exceptional self-starter with a vision and passion for ensuring that greater value is placed on the River Wyre becoming cleaner and healthier environment. They must be a good communicator with a passion for conservation and knowledge of freshwater and estuarine environments. The candidate must also have a good knowledge of natural flood management and river restoration techniques, water safety, a will to develop practical river restoration skills and be comfortable and proficient at working with land owners. The candidate will also be required to deliver detailed monitoring plans and will need to have a good understanding of monitoring techniques, their applications and the analysis of data which is collected.
- To report to the Wyre RT Programme Manager
- To report the day to day delivery to the Wyre RT Programme Manager and prepare reports for programme sponsors.
- To work with landowners and where necessary tenants to develop working relationships and the delivery of NFM interventions.
- To ensure that project plans are adhered to and that the works are delivered in accordance with all relevant legislation and the aims of the relevant project.
- Work in close conjunction with the contractors and/or volunteers that will be delivering interventions and ensure that the works are delivered in a suitable manner.
- Management and administration of contracts for the delivery of interventions.
- To organise and direct surveys of the flora and fauna in and around the river at the sites where delivery has taken place as part of the relevant projects.
- To collate data and information from various authorities which will add to the baseline data to act as a starting point for improving water quality and increasing biodiversity in and around the River Wyre and its associated bathing waters.
- To be familiar with the potential and competent in the use of GIS.
- To develop, deliver and manage practical NFM and river restoration works at a variety of sites across the Wyre catchment.
The Wyre Rivers Trust will provide the successful candidate with;
- Mileage allowances for the candidates own vehicle whilst being used for trust business, this will be paid at the agreed public sector rate of 0.45p/Mile
- A laptop computer and a mobile phone will be provided for trust business, to be returned upon termination of the employment contract.
- Minimum degree level qualification in aquatic environmental science, conservation management or similar degree or the requisite practical skills and significant level of experience in the delivery of conservation projects.
- An understanding of natural flood management techniques.
- An understanding of aquatic (river, estuarine and marine) survey techniques.
- Good presentation and interpretation skills with the ability to get complex information across simply and concisely to a wide range of audiences.
- Possessing good inter-personal skills, both face to face and over the phone.
- Self-starter able to work on their own without day to day supervision.
- Reliability, good attendance and work performance.
- Excellent organisational and administrational skills with the necessary attention to detail.
- Good IT skills to include record keeping, filing and have the awareness of confidentiality and general data protection rules.
- Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use.
- A passion for the restoration and conservation of catchments and the flora and fauna which reside within them.
- Qualified and experienced in the use of a chainsaw.
- Knowledge of the project area.
- Based near the project area.
- GIS skills.
- Experience of working with landowners
- Experience of working on large landscape-scale projects
Please send a completed application form (below) and a covering letter to Closing date for applications: Friday, 19th July 2019