Climate Adaptation Project Officer

London Borough of Lewisham

Catford, London
£46,053 - £48,063 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Friday, 26th April 2024   3 days left

Discover yourself in Lewisham where what you do makes a difference to our vibrant and culturally diverse communities!

We have a rich history of welcoming people from all over the world and are proud to be recognised as the UK’s first Borough of Sanctuary, for our work in championing the rights of refugees and migrants.

The role

We underestimate the risks stemming from a changing climate at our peril. Lewisham Council has responded to this global threat by recognising the climate emergency and setting ambitious local targets for action. But the risks we face will not disappear as the world moves to net zero carbon: many of them are already locked in. The borough needs to adapt in response to the likelihood of more frequent and intense storms, droughts and temperature variations.

This role will shape our borough-wide adaptation programmes to deliver critical blue-green infrastructure, rain gardens and pocket parks within our highway network and natural flood management interventions within our parks and open spaces.


The job is primarily based in Laurence House in Catford, but we operate a hybrid approach where you will be required to work both in the office and from home on a regular basis. You may also be required to work at or from any other buildings/locations.

What we’re looking for

We are seeking someone to drive the delivery of programmes to integrate critical blue-green infrastructure into our public spaces and oversee some of Lewisham’s statutory duties concerning flood risk management. You will be enthusiastic with a keen eye for detail and an interest in sustainable drainage, landscape architecture, and ecology. Suppose greening the urban environment is your thing and you have the determination and creativity to inspire lasting change. In that case, Lewisham is a place where you could play a role in the development of a climate-resilient borough.

You will be aiding the management of flood risk in Lewisham by expanding our programmes to deliver sustainable drainage and nurturing relationships between internal departments and external stakeholders.

This post would suit individuals who are committed to collaborative work to improve Lewisham’s natural and built environment efforts to be resilient to climate change.

In return, we’ll offer excellent development opportunities, plus a range of benefits that includes a career average pension scheme, flexible working and the opportunity to make a real difference to our local community.

Salary details

£46, 053-£48, 063 per annum (PO3)

N.B: All appointments will be offered at the minimum spinal column point (SCP) for the grade of the role. The only exception to this will be when matching current salary (up to the maximum of the scale), which is subject to evidential proof.

Further information

For an informal discussion, please contact Marcus Gayle, Flood Risk Manager via email, [email protected] or 07525 671303.

This role is a Two-year fixed-term contract.

Applicant handbook - please read the guidance in this handbook when applying. It is essential that you complete the application fully and that your supporting statement covers how you meet each of the person specification criteria listed.

Please click here to view the Job Description and Person Specification


Lewisham Council is a Disability Confident employer. We welcome and encourage job applications of all abilities. If you require any reasonable adjustments in the application or interview, please contact the lead contact on this advert. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure our disabled applicants and those with health conditions are supported throughout our recruitment process. We support the access to work scheme, further details are available at 

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Closing Date: 26th April 2024

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