Water Advisor

£45,000 yearly
  • National Trust
  • England, UK
  • 12 Oct, 2021
Full time Engineering

Job Description

IRC108668 – Water Advisor  

Salary: £45,000 per annum

Contract type: Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Closing date: 24 October 2021

Address: Grasmere / Altrincham / York / Newcastle

Link to advert:https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/a/?_ga=2.156425529.363159759.1625047604-1639500493.1625047604#/vacancy-detail/108668



As the National Trust embraces the future, we are increasing our ambitions to restore nature and step up our response to the climate crisis whilst providing the public benefit and access to the countryside that has become so valuable in recent times.

 We are seeking to:

• make habitats for nature bigger, better more & joined up
• reach carbon net zero by 2030 not least through the planting of 20 million trees
• increase access to the countryside to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of getting outdoors and feeling closer to nature.


As we move forwards with our strategic ambitions to play our part in addressing the challenges of the climate emergency and the need to stand up for nature the National Trust is investing increasing our Water Advisory expertise.  So in addition to this role, we are also recruiting a role based in the SW under IRC108641.  If this equivalent role in a different geographic areais of interest, then please do have a look at our website, nationaltrust, and LINK IRC108641.

What it's like to work here

With a major strategic focus on managing land for people, natureand the environment the National trust is working hard to improve the quality and connectedness of its landscapes and catchments right across the country.  This role is crucial to operate as a strategic specialist to support our teams on the ground as we make significant and changes in response to the rapidly changing world around us. 

 Based primarily in the north region this role has three key elements to it:

1. Providing a dedicated regional focus for delivery across the North region.
2. Providing remote and agile specialist support remotely to specific key projects across England and Northern Ireland.
3. 3. Working pan-regionally alongside our Senior National Water Consultants as part of a small dedicated nationwide community of water expertise in NT offering strategic overview – wider as part of national team. This flexibility of working will mean that your expertise can be pinpointed to support priority projects and teams in regions without a dedicated water role.


The North region covers some 73,000Ha of National Trust land and water is at the heart of what we do.  From the majesty of the Lake District with its many and varied catchment challenges and opportunities to the coastlines of Northumberland, Durham and Lancashire water is the connecting factor that underpins our strategic ambition.

What you'll be doing

This is a special role which requires an individual who can apply their broad experience across catchment and water management to inspire and provide expert guidance to colleagues to ensure that we deliver better outcomes for nature, carbon and people through better catchment and water management.


Whether it is supporting teams looking at Lough restoration at Hadrian’s Wall, developing landscape scale restoration projects in Cheshire and Cumbria or supporting our teams addressing significant landscape scale restoration and natural flood management across the moors and uplands of Lancashire and Yorkshire this role will be a key team player in helping to set direction, provide expertise, build external partnerships and build confidence within our operational teams.

 Working with a range of colleagues there are also both challenges and opportunities to tackle related to the management of significant mansion properties from Lyme Park to Wallington, to Fountains Abbey as our teams face into the challenges associated with climate change but also the opportunities to really re-purpose our land and waterways in a rapidly changing world.

Who we're looking for

This is a unique opportunity to be a key player developing and implementing significant landscape-scale work primarily across the North with remote strategic support to key projects in other regions.  If you are up for the challenge, then we look forward to reading your covering letter and CV.


Substantial knowledge of relevant legislative requirements and policy drivers relating to the water environment (e.g. Water Framework Directive, A/SSSIs, Habitats & Species Regulations). A good understanding of the organisations and processes involved in catchment management.  Draw out expectations having a primary focus in one region but with a proportion of time devoted to strategic and high level support across a wider area working with Whole Trust colleagues. 


Expert advice, focused at the early stage of projects, will help us meet our ambitions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Providing strategic advice at the early stages of projects in our priority areas. (rather than full project delivery everywhere).


Ensuring that water infrastructure work led by others (e.g.reservoirs, wastewater plant, private water supplies) is placed in a wider catchment context.


Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

• Flexible working whenever possible
• Free parking at most locations
• Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
• Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

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