Catchment Resilience Officer (Adur & Ouse)

Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust / Adur & Ouse Catchment Partnership

Pulborough, West Sussex
£20,400 - £22,800 pa (£34,000 - £38,000 FTE)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 28th June 2024   3 days left

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) is a registered charity working to protect, restore and enhance the rivers, streams, estuaries and lakes across the two catchments. Our roots lie firmly in the local area, and we work closely with communities, business, and partner organisations to deliver projects focused on improving the environment for both wildlife and people. A core activity of the Trust is in hosting the Adur & Ouse Catchment Partnership.

The Adur & Ouse Catchment Partnership is a consortium of Government Agencies, Local Authorities, Business, eNGOs, Academic Institutions and CICs which aims to develop and direct the principles of integrated catchment management, focusing on issues which require the committed participation of multiple organisations.

The Role

This role will develop and support the partnerships approach to understanding, and reducing, our natural habitats vulnerability to climate change. This will consider the critical elements of both environmental (flood risk, drought, sea level rise, habitat loss and change) and infrastructure (future housing, water supply, and infrastructure planning) needs. The role will be focused on establishing an agreed, multi-partner, approach which provides a masterplan for protecting, enhancing, and connecting our landscape considering the diversity of emerging local plans, landscape projects, and catchment management planning.

This role will work closely with partners across all sectors and is intended to inspire and bring together a plan for the delivery of agreed environmental improvements which reduce the vulnerability of the catchment to climate change and are appealing to the partnership and external stakeholders.

This will include developing and coordinating structured engagement, initially based on the outputs from the Natural England Biodiversity and Climate Vulnerability Tool (BCVT - run externally), to understand and mitigate wider constraints to reducing landscape vulnerability (e.g. public rights of way, infrastructure, impacts of coastal erosion) and work with partners, local communities and landholders to identify the potential for future landscape change and inform on landscape scale objectives.

Main Responsibilities

  • Liaise with external consultants using the Natural England BCVT to identify the vulnerability of existing priority habitats to climate change whilst integrating spatially relevant datasets across broader habitat types.
  • Incorporate additional datasets (e.g. flood risk) alongside Partner and local community knowledge, to build a robust, data driven output of future vulnerability.
  • Work with partners to test different land use change scenarios, assessing the benefits and constraints they could present. For example, integration of local plan development boundaries to assess increases in vulnerability of site specific and cumulative development.
  • Collaborate with partners and wider stakeholders to understand and mitigate wider constraints to reducing landscape vulnerability (e.g. public rights of way, infrastructure impacts of coastal erosion and sea level rise)
  • Work with local communities, organisations, and landholders to identify and agree acceptable land use changes which consider the multiple demands on the catchment (e.g. landscape resilience, agriculture, public water supply) and could inform on future projects such as Landscape Recovery schemes.
  • Identify and report on a suite of potential projects which could be developed into deliverable action by partners and wider stakeholders, including an overview of potential income streams to achieve this.
  • Identify gaps within the membership of the Catchment Partnership and seek to inspire new members to the group.
  • Support the Chair of the Catchment Partnership in the logistics of its operation, including the organisation of meetings and reporting to partners.

This job description cannot cover every responsibility or task that may arise within the post and the post holder will be expected to be able to adapt approaches as the role develops.

Closing date for applications is 28th June with initial interviews undertaken w/c 8th July.

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