Sussex Flow Initiative (SFI) Natural Flood Management Officer

Location: Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex and home-based
Actual Salary: £26,000 per annum
Contract Type: Fixed until September 2022
Hours: 35 hours Days. Monday – Friday - some evening and weekend work maybe required
Closing Date: 5 September 2019
Interview Date: 13 September 2019

The Project

The SFI project takes an innovative catchment scale approach to natural flood and water management in a lowland catchment. We help to deliver multiple benefits to communities and wildlife by using a range of landscape restoration techniques, to create long term, low impact, sustainable and low cost solutions which reduce downstream flood peaks and support sustainable land use, alongside traditional flood risk management.  Since 2012, the Sussex Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the Woodland Trust have been delivering this partnership project called the Sussex Flow Initiative - In 2016 Lewes District Council also joined the team. Locally, we hope this role will become part of a growing team of NFM practitioners responding to flood and drought across the region.

The Role

We are looking for an engaging person, who has a range of practical skills and a good grounding in wildlife and land management. The new SFI project officer will support a diverse group of stakeholders, communities, researchers and landowners to do their bit for natural flood management. The work will be focused on the Ouse river catchment and will deliver practical examples of NFM, as well as training to others in NFM methods, Case Studies, innovation in NFM techniques, and the dissemination of NFM best practice. The project officer will also help to embed NFM in catchment partnerships, local flood action groups and other relevant community organisations. The role will be supported by Sussex Wildlife Trusts Living Landscapes Officer, and the SFI Steering Group. 

The Person

The new project officer will have experience of working with landowners and a range of other stakeholders, volunteers, community groups and of managing contractors. They will need to have experience of delivering practical (conservation) tasks, have a working knowledge of NFM techniques, a working knowledge of environmental & conservation policy (particularly flood related) and an understanding of riparian and landscape ecology. The candidate must be able to manage complex workloads, and to collate, interpret and present information on their work in professional reports. Knowledge of ARC GIS is useful. We hope to find someone friendly and engaging who has good communication skills and who can show enthusiasm, diplomacy & persuasiveness. The applicant should be able to work independently with good time management, project management and organisational skills. A driving licence is essential as travel across Sussex will be required, and a chainsaw licence is desirable. 

The Benefits

This role offers a minimum of 21 days annual leave, with additional Winter Shut Down leave at Christmas. There is access to an employee Assistance Scheme and the opportunity to help the Sussex Wildlife Trust make a real difference for local wildlife. A small training budget will be available annually.

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