Sustainable Drainage Officer

£29,395 - £36,921 yearly
  • Cornwall Council
  • Bodmin, UK
  • 28 Oct, 2020
Full time Engineering

Job Description


Ref: 200000R6
Location: Bodmin
Salary: £29,395 – 36,921

We have an exciting opportunity for a Sustainable Drainage Officer within the Flood and Coastal Asset Team.  As a Sustainable Drainage Officer, you will be responsible for providing specialist advice and the review of sustainable drainage design proposals for developments throughout Cornwall.

The post holder will provide specialist technical support to the Planning Service, Highways Adoptions Team, Elected Members, and Town and Parish Councils, and liaise with and advise Applicants, Developers, Planning Agents, Consultants, and other parties including the Environment Agency and South West Water Ltd.

You will hold HNC/HND/Degree Civil Engineering or Environmental Management qualification and the membership of an appropriate professional body/professional registration.

Reporting to the Principal Sustainable Drainage Officer, you will be working closely with the Flood and Coastal Asset Manager, Highways and Infrastructure Team and Planning and Development Control Officers to ensure that sustainable drainage systems are compliant with the requirements the current and emerging legislation.

The post holder will be required to assess and evaluate complex Flood Risk Assessments and Surface Water Drainage Strategies, designs and calculations and present their findings clearly and concisely. You may be required to present your findings at Planning Committee Meetings, Town and Parish Council Meetings, residents meeting and represent the Council at Planning Hearings and Appeals when necessary.

You will be required to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and external organisations to promote the delivery of innovative approaches to surface water management.

You will need to work using your initiative to seek pragmatic solutions to problems, have the ability to work to deadlines, balance conflicting demands on time and successfully manage of multiple tasks with changing priorities.

The role will involve site visits to undeveloped sites, developments under construction and those which are nearing completion. Sites can be remote and the terrain and weather challenging, so you should be confident in such conditions.

You will support Elected Members and work in partnership with colleagues to develop and deliver the aims and objectives of the service, ensuring that they are aligned to the wider vision and priorities for Cornwall.


This is initially a temporary role funded for 2 years but could continue beyond this period subject to further funding.

Please be advised that for this role we are accepting CV and supporting statements.

Please view the role profile, your application will need to demonstrate how you meet the required criteria. Please ensure you answer all of the pre-screening questions in full, within the application form.

Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified, the current Government guidance around social distancing and our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with you during the recruitment process.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date:  Sunday 15th November