Freshwater Lead Adviser x2

Natural England

South East England
£26,224 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: 3244

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife, environmental management

Closing date: Monday, 17th May 2021   5 days left

Role Description

As the freshwater agenda continues to grow within Natural England we are looking for two Lead Advisers to further develop our freshwater delivery in the South East. The roles will be supporting our Senior Specialist/ Senior Advisers in these areas whilst working closely with advisers across the team, the Environment Agency and the Water Companies. It is expected that candidates will need a good understanding of freshwater issues, however it’s recognised that expertise will be developed as part of the role. The person should be knowledgeable on water quality and/or resources and how the protected sites system works to be confident to support casework across the team.

The successful applicants will be based in the Thames Solent Area Team, with offices in Eastleigh, Reading, Wallingford, and will be expected to travel to work with key customers across the area.

Key Tasks:

  • Ensure that freshwater delivery is fully embedded and supported across the area team.
  • Deliver technical advice/ input on water quality with specific emphasis on designated rivers and transitional and coastal waters.
  • Provide technical advice on water related casework, including basic hydrogeological advice on abstraction licences, water quality and water level issues arising on casework (planning, land management or Environment Agency consultations).
  • Complete, where relevant, production of Diffuse Water Pollution Plans with the Environment Agency and embed the roll-out of their actions.
  • Increase our income, by leading on/ supporting Discretionary Advice Service (DAS) work related to statutory water company plans (Drought Plans, Water Resource Management Plans and Business Plans) in particular Drought Plan Environmental Assessment Reports (EARS).
  • Contribute to DAS casework emerging from water company and Environment Agency plans.
  • Coordinate evaluation of water elements (condition geomorphology and flow/level as appropriate to habitat) of current condition assessments and Common Standards Monitoring.
  • Help coordinate the input into the development and delivery of the relevant River Basin Management Plans in line with programme area objectives.
  • Help develop and focus skills of catchment groups in water quality monitoring, delivery of integrated biodiversity outcomes and integrated approach.
  • Support the delivery of water company account management.
  • Help manage and develop identified water company investment within our priority areas by liaising with local advisers.
  • Work with the EA on the development of their habitat creation programme, Flood Risk Management Plan and support of Natural Flood Management approaches.
  • Where relevant manage Water Environment Grant projects including dealing with scheme queries, assessing and processing claims and variations.

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