Assistant Flood and Water Officer

WATER MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE

ARE LOOKING TO RECRUIT: ASSISTANT FLOOD AND WATER OFFICER

ANNUAL SALARY: £22,000 to £26,000 PLUS ATTRACTIVE BENEFITS PACKAGE

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Flood and Water Officer to join the Water Management Alliance (WMA) Group of Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs). As an Assistant Flood and Water Officer you will be part of the WMA’s Planning Team and will be responsible to the WMA Group’s Flood and Water Manager. You will assist and support team members to ensure that development is carried out sustainably within the Boards’ Drainage Districts and upland catchment areas, supporting the efficient working of the drainage/water level management systems in order to mitigate local flood risk.

The 5 WMA Member IDBs are responsible for controlling water levels across some 150,000 hectares of England, situated in and around South Lincolnshire, Norfolk and East Suffolk. Although the entire area is at considerable theoretical risk of river flooding and inundation from the sea, the actual risk is substantially reduced by the work that we do in partnership with Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, Natural England and local community groups. 

We recognise that this role may attract candidates from across a number of disciplines and as such would encourage candidates to submit applications if they meet the following criteria:

- A minimum of 5 GSCE’s (or equivalent qualifications) including maths.

- Ability to prioritise and organise workloads to meet deadlines.

- Remain calm under pressure.

- Good written communication skills (including report and letter writing).

- Good spoken communication skills (including presentation skills and interpersonal communication).

- Ability to competently use computer software such as Microsoft packages (Access, Excel, Word and Outlook).

- Ability to work well with others at all levels (both internally and externally).

- A full and valid UK driving licence.

The appointment offers a competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience, together with access to BUPA and the Local Government Pension Scheme, and the opportunity to progress as the business develops. Applications from those looking to work part-time will also be considered.

For more information about the WMA and this position please visit our website: www.wlma.org.uk or contact Graham Brown (Flood and Water Manager) on +44(0)7733 105048. 

An application pack can be downloaded from our website:

 https://www.wlma.org.uk/uploads/WMA_Assistant_Flood_and_Water_Officer_Application_Pack.pdf. Please return your completed application by email to planning@wlma.org.uk or alternatively to the Board’s office at Kettlewell House, Austin Fields Industrial Estate, King’s Lynn, PE30 1PH, Norfolk. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 23 September 2019. 

We look forward to receiving your application.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job title: Assistant Flood and Water Officer (WMA)

Location: King’s Lynn & Martham, Norfolk and Holbeach, Lincolnshire

Responsible to: Flood and Water Manager (WMA)

Responsible for: No line management responsibilities

Grade/Salary: £22,000 to £26,000 (dependent upon Qualifications and Experience)

Key Purpose:

As an Assistant Flood and Water Officer you will be supporting the WMA Group’s Flood and Water Officers and Manager in meeting the team’s key purpose of ensuring that development is carried out sustainably within the Boards’ Drainage Districts and upland catchment areas, and ensuring the efficient working of the drainage/water level management systems in order to mitigate local flood risk.

Principal Accountabilities:

Planning:

- Maintaining accurate records of all planning applications reviewed and processed using the team case file register and email inbox.

- Liaising with the Local Planning Authorities regarding individual planning applications and assessing local drainage strategies. 

- Liaising with developers and their agents with regard to the WMA’s requirements (including enforcing the Board’s byelaws).

- Support the provision of information requested with regard to Flood Risk Assessments or capacity of Board-maintained drainage infrastructure.

Consenting and Enforcement:

- Maintain accurate records of all regulatory and legal cases received and processed by the team using the team case file register and team email inbox.

- Support the application of our policies to all applications for Byelaw consents, relaxations and exemptions allocated to you and respond to applicants accordingly. This includes the application of relevant conditions of consent that secure Surface Water Development Contributions, Commuted Maintenance Fees, Wayleave fees, Deeds of Indemnities and drainage improvements.

- Support the preparation of Licences, Deeds of Indemnity and Deeds of Covenant to cover relaxations of the Byelaws.

- Liaising with HM Land Registry regarding registration of existing and newly acquired Board land and the registration of restrictions associated with consents.

Enquiries and other duties:

- Maintain accurate records of all general drainage enquiries received by the team from external customers such as developers, their agents and other interested parties including public authorities and the general public. Respond to those enquiries allocated to you as directed by the Flood and Water Manager.

- Liaising with internal customers such as the WMA Technical Support and Operational Delivery teams and constituent Councils to ensure ongoing cooperation and efficiency of flood risk management and regulation.

- Ensuring Health and Safety is paramount at all times and that Health and Safety objectives are promoted and achieved.

- Keeping knowledge current and up to date, by way of continuous professional development (CPD). Time and access to relevant training courses will be provided.

- Carrying out specific projects and research, as required.

- Any other duties that may reasonably be required.

Person Specification 

Essential Qualifications:

- A minimum of 5 GSCE’s (or equivalent qualifications) including maths.

Desirable Qualifications:

- A relevant degree in an engineering, geographical or water management-related subject.

- Working towards professional accreditation.

Essential Experience:

- No previous experience required.

Desirable Experience:

- A years experience working within the Water Industry or with a Local Authority, the Environment Agency or other public body such as a Lead Local Flood Authority (“LLFA”).

- An understanding of the structure of local government and of working within a democratic process.

Essential Skills/Knowledge:

- Ability to prioritise and organise workloads to meet deadlines and to remain calm under pressure.

- Good written communication skills (including report and letter writing).

- Good spoken communication skills (including presentation skills and interpersonal, communication).

- Ability to competently use computer software such as Microsoft packages (Access, Excel, Word and Outlook).

- Ability to work well with others at all levels both internally and externally.

- A full and valid UK driving licence.

Desirable Skills/Knowledge:

- A methodical approach to work, demonstrating an attention to detail as well as an accuracy in record keeping.

- An understanding of the planning system.

- An understanding of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM). 

- An understanding of GIS software.

- The ability to interpret and apply technical information (e.g. British Standards, Codes of Practice, technical reports and plans).

Other Job Information

- You must be physically fit to walk around watercourse and drainage catchments (up to 15% of the role) sometimes in inclement weather conditions. Such areas are potentially difficult to access, dirty, remote and/or subject to dense vegetation.

- On occasion the post holder will be expected to work outside of ‘normal’ office hours to represent the Water Management Alliance and its member Board’s at public meetings, events and committees.

- All work performed/duties undertaken must be carried out in accordance with relevant Water Management Alliance, Board and Departmental policies and procedures, within legislation, and with regard to the needs of our customers. 

- Work within the public and Flood and Water Management sectors can involve dealing with new and emerging legislation. As such further duties or refinements of current workload may alter the remit of this role to meet the impact of new work areas on the organisation and/or relevant member Board’s. This highlights the importance of the post holder in being an effective advocate for this service area and having a good insight into the wider remits of the organisation.


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23/09/2019

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