Project Officer - South West Peatland Partnership

South West Water

Okehampton, Devon
£28,000 - £30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.southwestwater.co.uk

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Thursday, 30th June 2022   2 days left


At South West Water we believe that the strongest businesses are built on solid, stable foundations - with a vision and a culture that gives them the freedom to change, improve and innovate.

We’re proud to be responsible for providing reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services for the beautiful South West area.

And we have huge ambitions.

Not only are we committed to reaching net-zero by 2030, but we’ve also partnered with wildlife charities, National Parks and local partners to help ensure a better future for generations to come.

So, if you want to be part of a diverse team where opportunities flow and fresh ideas are welcomed, #JustAddWater.

Are you looking for your next career move? Do you want to work for the South West's largest employer?

On behalf of the South West Peatland Partnership, South West Water are delighted that we have successfully secured funding from Natural England’s Nature for Climate Peatlands Restoration scheme which is made up of regional and local organisations to restore 2,634 hectares of damaged peatland in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, saving a total of 652,625 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. As we move into this exciting new phase, you’ll be joining us as we enter a time of innovation, creativity and vision. This is a tremendous opportunity and the projects you will be working on can only add value and help preserve the future of our natural environment.

We currently have an opportunity available for a Project Officer to join our team working in Okehampton or Cornwall Council offices, with a hybrid working arrangement. You will join us on a full-time, fixed term contract until 2025, and in return, you will receive a salary of £28,000 - £30,000 per annum plus benefits.

About the role:

In this exciting key role, the post holder will need to draw up restoration plans, compile contractor documentation and oversee contractors in remote locations. We are looking for an individual who has an understanding of upland, wetland ecology and peatland restoration techniques, using your strong communication skills and knowledge, you will be able to collaborate at ease with stakeholders and convey messages to a wide audience. 

What you’ll be doing:

Restoration Plans, compilation of these plans to strict timelines based on field survey, desk based analysis and in collaboration with the SWPP Restoration Manager, Mires Team and Cornwall Council.

Working with and liaising with the Historic Environment Officer at all times in relation to all practical works, restoration plans, site visits and integration of Historic Environment (HE) into the Restoration Plans

Liaising with moorland landowners/tenants/users. Working with the SWPP Farm Advisor to look at land management and scheme options

Managing software and hardware required for in-field data collection including GNSS receivers, mobile GIS software (Qfield or similar), and resulting synchronization of field collected data with SWPP team members and partner organisations

Working with others to secure appropriate and sustainable management of the SSSIs or other land involved so that favourable management of the SSSIs is achieved and maintained

Monitoring and assisting the Monitoring Team in regards all aspects of monitoring, eg vegetation, hydrology, landscape

Assisting in training provision for students and volunteers in relevant aspects of Mire ecology, hydrology, survey and restoration

Assisting with administration of project and organisation of project events and activities

Working in collaboration with other Project Officers and the whole Mires Team in order to achieve effective liaisons with moorland landowners/tenants/ users

Working with the SWW Natural Resources team and Upstream Thinking teams in the delivery of SWW’s catchment management and Water conservation responsibilities as set out in the 2020-2025 business plans

What we are looking for:

  • An environmental advocate who is naturally passionate about sustainable land management.
  • Degree in a Natural Science subject, or relevant vocational qualifications and relevant work experience
  • Development and implementation of site management plans
  • Management of contracts and supervision of contractors carrying out conservation works
  • Database and GIS management and use
  • Working with land-managers and other practitioners
  • Experience of land management particularly upland, peatland or wetlands
  • Communication of peatland ecosystem services and water conservation messages to a wide audience

What's in it for you:

We know that the support and commitment of our staff is key to our success so you will receive the opportunity for ongoing development and training for a long-term career with us. We’re one of the largest companies in the South West and are proud to have been awarded Investors in People recognition.

In return, we offer an excellent range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • A discretionary Bonus
  • Competitive Contributory Pension
  • Share save Scheme
  • Various health benefits
  • Wellbeing support programmes
  • A range of Group Discounts
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Financial Support services

Closing Date: Thursday 30th June 2022

Please note, interviews for this role will be on Monday 18th July 2022. When applying for this role, please ensure that you are able to attend an interview on the above date.

Be yourself, we like it that way. Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.

Our core values which are essential to our success are:

  • Trusted - We do the right thing for our customers and stakeholders.
  • Collaborative - We forge strong relationships working together to make a positive impact.
  • Responsible - We keep our promises to our customers, communities, and each other.
  • Progressive - We are always looking for new ways to improve and make life better.


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