Catchment Risk Management Officer x2

Southern Water

Kent or Hampshire
Up to £35,297 depending upon experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Why Southern Water?

Without water, life as we know it would be impossible. Every day, we rely on it for drinking, washing and cleaning. It helps create the energy we need for heat and light. It’s also essential to the products we enjoy and the natural world we depend upon.

Yet the South East faces a future of more people and less water. Our population is growing fast, and climate change is bringing greater risk of both drought and flooding.

In the water industry, your work will help to address these challenges and give people access to sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater services for decades to come.

The South East is also home to over 700 miles of coastline, two National Parks, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the world’s rarest chalk streams. As well as working within these breath-taking environments, your activities will help preserve them for generations to come.

Each day, over four million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight count on us for their essential water or wastewater services. Our work is vital, because we’re providing water for life.

Do you want to make a difference? At Southern Water, you work will help to enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve the environment and sustain the economy. You’ll also play an important role in helping us deliver a resilient water future for the South East.

Are you a natural collaborator with a strong moral compass and high standards? If so, you’ll fit right in. Everything we do is underpinned by three values: succeeding together, doing the right thing and always improving. Do you want to bring your authentic self to work every day? We do too. That’s why we’re building an inclusive culture and are proud to offer equal opportunities regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences each of us brings make us stronger.

Job Overview

Southern Water currently have an exciting opportunity available for 2 Catchment Risk Management Officers to join the Catchment Risk Management team, with responsibility to help deliver the Company's promises to protect raw water quality at source, out in the upstream catchments, via Southern Water’s Catchment Management Compliance programme.

With 1 role available in Kent, and the other in Hampshire, this position will involve working closely with farmers in our priority catchments, helping to run trials and engagement events to promote sustainable farming measures, which reduce the risk of nitrate and pesticide runoff. You will also be involved in evaluating and responding to land based activities in our source catchments by reviewing and collecting monitoring information. Working with farmer clusters and other catchment stakeholders you will influence positive land management decisions and act as our first point of contact for farmers and land managers in our target catchments.

It is an exciting time to work for Southern water and be part of our Catchment First initiative, shifting our focus from traditional engineering solutions to working collaboratively with partners to create long-term sustainable improvements within our catchments. Catchment First is the way we are delivering this innovative approach to safeguard our current and future water supplies and the health of our rivers, water environment and seas. It’s an approach we see as an essential part of our role to build a resilient future for water in our region.

The role holder will be responsible for the tactical response to water quality catchment incidents, including some data analysis and catchment walkover surveys; annual update and review of the catchment risk assessments; working directly with land owners/managers within the agricultural sector to mitigate catchment risks; working with agronomists to assess current and emerging risks; working with key stakeholders to develop/manage urban catchment schemes; and working collaboratively with neighbouring water companies to deliver catchment management programmes.

What you will bring to the role

This role will make excellent use of your agronomic, agricultural or catchment management qualification, or equivalent experience. Your previous experience of forging strong relationships with farmers/stakeholders and knowledge of farm management and crops - including identification/rotations/soil management etc will be invaluable in this role, and will ensure you are an integral part of the team.

If you also have GIS experience, BASIS Soil & Water or FACTS qualifications this would be advantageous but is not essential.

Due to the wide location coverage of this role, candidates are required to have a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.

To apply for the role in Kent, please click here.

To apply for the role in Hampshire, please click here.

It’s an exciting time to be a Southern Water employee.

To tackle the challenges we face, we’re changing, at pace, to become brilliant at the basics – to deliver clean, safe water, through a reliable, future-proof network, at a price everyone can afford, and with great customer service at every step.

At the same time, we’re innovating across all areas of our business, from improving how we deliver services, to leading the way on issues such as single-use plastics.

We’re building an inclusive culture. Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We are creating a workplace where all people feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated, no matter who they are or where they come from. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not discriminate on the grounds of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation.

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. You will need to provide evidence of eligibility (e.g. a passport or long birth certificate and proof of NI) and current proof of address (dated within the last 3 months), will be required as part of the recruitment process. If you do not meet these criteria, your application will not be considered

By submitting your details to this position at Southern Water, you are also agreeing to share your details with Gattaca PLC who are the managed service provider for all recruitment with the Southern Water Business. Should you wish to see the Gattaca PLC privacy policy please go to

Please mention when responding to this ad.