Job Details

Catchment Management Officer, Kent& East Sussex.

AutoReqID:     9229BR

Location / Base of Work:
Chatham, Kent
Salary range:
Up to £34,500
Employment type:
Closing date:
Job Title: Catchment Management Officer, Kent& East Sussex.
Location: Hybrid working, office based 2-3 days per week as required.
Employment Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 Hours a week
Salary: Up to £34,500 depending upon experience
The role comes with a comprehensive benefits package including Bupa Health Cash Plan, eligibility for a company bonus and more.

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 catchments.
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 region.

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?