Somerset Catchment Partnership Coordinator
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West
Wells or Wellington
£15,000 - £16,800 pro rata (£25,000 - £28,000 FTE)
The Somerset Catchment Partnership (SCP) brings together a broad range of organisations,
authorities and groups dedicated to working together to improve the water environment and is
one of 100 catchment partnerships across England supporting the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA).
SCP is hosted by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West (FWAG SW) and funded
through Defra’s CaBA partnership hosting fund and Wessex Water. The partnership is supported by
a Steering Group that meets quarterly. At times there are also a number of project sub groups,
who meet when required to develop and deliver partnership projects that tackle priority issues
across the catchment.
The Partnership Co-ordinator is employed by FWAG SW and facilitates, co-ordinates and
communicates the activities of the Partnership. This is a predominantly a strategic role
working with many different organisations across Somerset. The post will suit a pro-active
individual with a relevant background and excellent communication skills, who is keen to
develop a career in environmental management and partnership working. Local knowledge of
Somerset’s river catchments would be advantageous, but is not essential.
Main Purpose of the Job
Work with the Partnership Hosts, Partnership Chair, Partners and Steering Group to coordinate,
facilitate and communicate the work of the Catchment Partnership. This includes prioritising
actions, communicating best practice and developing collaborative projects which deliver
positive benefits for Somerset’s water environment.
- Ensure the smooth running of the Catchment Partnership; organising, facilitating and
administering Steering Group and subgroup meetings and reporting on decisions and recording
- Work with the Partnership Chair, Partnership Host and EA Catchment Co-ordinator to
regularly review progress, identify and agree priority actions and emerging issues to address
at future Steering Group meetings, events and through action plans.
- Develop and maintain close working relationships with the SCP partners to promote
communication and collaboration, providing a point of contact for information exchange about
- Work with partners to develop project ideas, identify funding opportunities and coordinate
responses to consultations that will further the Catchment Partnerships aims and objectives.
- Communicate the work of SCP and its partners, share best practice, promote funding
opportunities and encourage collaboration through the SCP quarterly e-news, annual review
document, Twitter account, via email and at partnership meetings. This includes developing and
maintaining the SCP webpages.
- Organise Partnership site visits, represent SCP at partners events and work with partners
to organise the annual Somerset Water Forum.
- Represent SCP where appropriate at local and regional events including attending regular
workshops/meetings with neighbouring Catchment Coordinators, to ensure best practice is shared
and collaborative partnership opportunities are identified.
- Identify, record and map the key environmental and water issues and partner projects making
it available to partner organisations in a suitable format (currently a PDF map and list on the
- Collect and present partnership project data for the annual Caba Monitoring (a requirement
of CaBA funding).
- Keep up to date with local, regional and national water environment issues, best practice
and funding opportunities and identify opportunities for local collaborative partnership
- Maintain and regularly review the Somerset Catchment Action Plan and other partnership
- Manage and administer the Somerset Catchment Partnership Grant Scheme when funding is made
available to the Catchment Partnership
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and abilities who meet the essential criteria for
this role, as stated in the Person Specification. We are an open and inclusive organisation
seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce.
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