Local recruitment: Nature Based Solutions Officer

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Matlock, UK 🇬🇧



We’re looking for a Nature Based Solutions Officer to lead our work on implementing nature-based solutions for natural flood management and climate change impact resilience.

In this role, you’ll lead the development of natural flood management schemes. From concept to detailed design, you’ll provide technical expertise to bring forward schemes for delivery. 

To be successful you will be motivated by the bigger picture, using innovative ways to utilise natural processes in combating the challenges of climate change.


In this role, you’ll own:

  • Designing new Natural Flood Management schemes from concept to detailed design
  • Creating detailed plans for a range of interventions that utilise the principle of optimising natural processes e.g. leaky woody dams, swales, bunds, wetland creation, off line water storage ponds
  • Carrying out initial conceptual option assessment, topographic and other site investigations, scope and commission ecological surveys and bring forward schemes for delivery.
  • Utilising a variety of specialist computer applications and simulation software such as GIS, CAD and hydrology models to carry out hydrological and water regime analysis, scheme capacity calculations and modelling.
  • Securing consent and permits for schemes – including Local Authority Planning Applications, Flood and Drainage Authority Ordinary Watercourse Consents and Environment Agency Flood Defence and Environmental Permits.
  • Supporting management and maintenance of water environment infrastructure, providing guidance in respect of new installations.
  • Presenting project details and technical information to colleagues and clients.
  • Providing technical content for schedules of works, tender adverts and supervision of delivery contracts.
  • Liaising with partners, contractors, government agencies, local authorities and suppliers.
  • Supervising staff and site workers on active projects locations

About you

We’re looking for a passionate advocate for nature based solutions for climate and biodiversity

This role might be right for you if you have:

  • Relevant geography-based qualifications, such as environmental sciences, hydrology, water engineering, environmental engineering.
  • A strong  understanding of the pressures on riverine systems, water resources and catchment management.
  • A sound understanding of wetland & riparian hydrology and catchment management.
  • A passion for driving the use of nature-based solutions to improve climate resilience and negate impacts of flooding and drought.
  • Experience in CAD, or other water engineering and modelling software packages.
  • Ability to produce designs that meet requirements for consenting and environmental permitting purposes.
  • The skills to interpret complex information, and make it accessible and inspiring to a range of audiences.

We are happy to talk flexible working!   

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although a balance of home and office working will be allowed. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.  

Interviews are planned for 28th February

For more information please refer to the job description and key terms attached. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, or require adjustments to the application process, please either email recruitment@derbyshirewt.co.uk or call 01773 881188. 

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We’re a small charity, with big ideas! We believe that everyone has their part to play in Nature’s recovery. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect and enhance wildlife and wild places throughout the county but through our work with businesses, other conservation charities, and the public we are mobilising others across the county and the rest of the UK to act for wildlife. As are a registered Charity, we are supported by 16,000 members and are part of a movement of 46 Trusts with a collective membership of over 800,000.   

Our purpose is to achieve our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire by creating Nature Recovery Networks and reintroducing lost species. We aim to deliver our vision by leading Nature’s Recovery, inspiring people and communities to care and mobilising people to act. All our work is underpinned by our values.  

Our Charity is growing, we currently employ 80 people and, crucially, we are supported by over 500 volunteers.  We have three delivery teams; Wilder Landscapes, Wilder Communities and Income Generation, supported by the Finance and Resources team.  Each team has a Department Lead who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and who, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees which governs the organisation.      

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature. We expect people to work harmoniously with each other and with volunteers, and to provide help and guidance to others when needed.  As a small charity, our employees need to be willing to be flexible about working arrangements and willing to provide occasional cover for absent staff. We want people to develop professionally and personally while working with us and employees are encouraged to participate in the range of opportunities available to enable this.  

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer that strives to be a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.  

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.  

We are proudly a Disability Confident Commitment employer. The scheme is helping us recruit and retain great people to meet our workforce needs. As a member of the scheme we interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role. You can request this and adjustments including accessible formats of this vacancy by emailing Recruitment@derbyshirewt.co.uk”




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development