Closing date: Friday, 10th June 2022
It's an exciting time to join us!
Here at Southern Water, we offer a huge variety of roles and career paths.
As the Catchment Officer for Kent & East Sussex, you’ll work as part of a team on a range
of initiatives, focussed on engagement with farmers and land managers in our priority
catchments. This is a key role with responsibility to help deliver the Company's commitment to
protect water quality at source in the upstream catchments.
Your main role will be to promote sustainable farming measures that reduce the risk of nitrate
and pesticide runoff, particularly where this causes a risk to our drinking water abstractions.
This will involve offering a range of incentives to farmers, working with expert partners and
farmer clusters to deliver farm management trials, whilst running various stakeholder meetings
and events to share best practice information.
You will also be involved in evaluating land-based activities 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
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
The role holder will be focussed on our priority catchments in Kent & East Sussex but their
home or office location is negotiable. You will be a key point of contact in the catchment,
considering our options to respond to water quality issues. This will include some data
analysis and catchment walkover surveys; updating catchment risk assessments; working directly
with land 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.
Suitable candidates will have agronomic, agricultural or catchment management qualification /
or equivalent experience. Demonstrable experience of forging strong relationships with
farmers/stakeholders and knowledge of farm management and crops - including
identification/rotations/soil management etc. GIS experience would be beneficial. BASIS Soil
& Water or FACTS qualifications are beneficial but not essential and training would be
available for the right candidate. This role will be based primarily in Kent & East Sussex,
candidates are required to have a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.
Please Note: If you are a current Southern Water employee, please confirm within your
application that you have informed your Line Manager that you are applying for this role.
Does this opportunity excite you but you’re not 100% sure if you meet all the requirements for the role? Or are you concerned that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t possible given your personal circumstances? Whilst we can’t accommodate every flexible working request, we’ll try to find a practical solution. So why not engage with us and find out more about this role?