Flood and Water Management Advisor

Flood and Water Management Advisor

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £30,451 to £34,728 per annum
  • Closing date: Sunday May 2nd, 2021 11:59pm
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Flood and Water Management Advisor

Salary: £30,451 to £34,728 per annum

37 hours per week


Taunton, TA1 4DY

A bit about us

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 strong 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 an 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, 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.

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.

Apply online: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/job-search/job/?jobId=2029

Closing date: 2nd May 2021

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.

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

Standard DBS required