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)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, environmental management, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 18th July 2022  


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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure the smooth running of the Catchment Partnership; organising, facilitating and administering Steering Group and subgroup meetings and reporting on decisions and recording notes/actions.
  • 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 stakeholder work.
  • 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 SCP webpages).
  • 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 delivery.
  • Maintain and regularly review the Somerset Catchment Action Plan and other partnership documents.
  • 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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