Sustainable Drainage Systems Officer

£28,226 - £35,336 yearly
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Hertfordshire, UK
  • 24 Mar, 2022
Full time Flood Management

Job Description

Sustainable Drainage Systems Officer
Job Number: HCC17261

Location: Hertfordshire with flexible remote working arrangements
Directorate: Environment & Infrastructure

Salary Range: £28,226 per Annum up to £35,336 per annum( Depending on Experience ) plus £3000 annual  Market forces payment  and one off £3000 Welcome Payment
37 per week
Contract: Permanent


Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce


Multiple vacancies available. We are actively recruiting, and will review your application on receipt.


About us.

The flood risk team at Hertfordshire County Council have an undisputedly great aim – we want to support responsible and sustainable growth across the county by ensuring flooding is mitigated and managed. From small warehouses through to residential developments, we must manage the conflicting challenges of climate change, and the unique problems and opportunities that each of these situations presents when considering development proposals. It is against this complex yet fascinating backdrop that you will find a rewarding job and great place to work.


The Role

As a member of our Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), you will aim to ensure  that proposed developments have incorporated suitable surface water drainage measures, so that any surface water has the chance to infiltrate rather than just runoff , without presenting a flood risk.

Providing expert guidance to Local Planning Authorities, we will expect you to assess small and large planning applications (ranging from a few houses through whole new settlements, schools and business developments), with your recommendations informing whether or not an application can be approved.


With the chance to develop your skills from day one, we will provide you with plenty of training and support as you get to grips with the role and secure your degree level relevant qualifications, if you don’t already have them, so you will be ready to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the relevant legislation and policy changes relating to surface water drainage.


The skills you will need to thrive in this role.

First and foremost, you will be capable of managing a demanding workload. With the support of colleagues, you may represent us at public inquiries, you will have the capacity to work with everyone from members of the public through to developers and elected Members , so great communication skills are essential.

You will also have the ability to handle pressure and the confidence to stand by your decisions, as while we want to help the county thrive and develop, we must never lose sight of our professional standards that ultimately ensure the creation of great quality developments.
From a practical point of view, you will ideally have a water-related qualification with experience in water and drainage assessment, though a broadly relevant degree in a scientific or geographic field would also be considered.


Application Information

What we can offer.

Join us at an exciting time of expansion, and you will find great scope to make your mark on our team. We offer a hybrid working environment, with flexible working opportunities and the ability to work remotely although trips into the office and county will still be needed on occasions.  We will also positively consider applications from you if you only want a part time role.

With our work being based in Hertfordshire – and conveniently located within commuting distance of London – you will find it’s a great county to live and work! With good schools, plenty of green space, and a fantastic social scene, there’s something for everybody.


Benefits of working for us:

  • Excellent Career Development
  • Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
  • Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes


Do something thrilling with your career, and get in touch today.


How to Apply: Please follow the 'Apply for Job' button at the bottom of the screen. As part of the application you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and includes your current, or most recent, employer. You are also asked to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the Person Specification area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application will be rejected.


Important Note re Interviews: Where we are able to, and in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines in regard to social distancing, all interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, should you be shortlisted for an interview.


Overseas Applications: We will accept applications from all applicants who already have an established right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sponsorships for this post