• Water Management Alliance
  • Norfolk, UK
  • 01 Aug, 2022
Full time Civil Engineering Flood Management Water and Wastewater Water Management Waste and Resources

Job Description



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Sustainable Development Officer to join the Water Management Alliance (WMA) group of Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs). IDBs manage flood risk and land drainage within areas of special drainage need.

As a Sustainable Development Officer, you will work within a team to ensure that developments and third-party works are carried out sustainably, and in a manner which will not increase flood risk.

For more information about the role please see the job description available at, or contact Yvonne Smith or Cathryn Brady on 01553 819600.

The successful candidate will likely have experience working within the water, civil engineering or flood risk management industries however we recognise that this role may attract a wide variety of candidates.  

The appointment offers a competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience, together with access to BUPA and the Local Government Pension Scheme.

To apply please fill in the application form available at and submit this to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29th August 2022.


The Water Management Alliance is a group of several large Internal Drainage Boards (“IDBs”) who have chosen to jointly administer their affairs in order to strengthen the individual organisations and increase influence at both a national and regional level. The WMA Boards share their progressive vision, values and standards, and resultantly the WMA offers a stimulating and rewarding work environment for anyone with an interest in flood risk and water level management.

Internal Drainage Boards (“IDBs”) are local public authorities that manage flood risk and land drainage within areas of special drainage need in England. IDB’s work to reduce flood risk and to manage water in a way that meets the local needs of business and agriculture and the environment. 

The WMA is partnered with the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and therefore the successful candidate will be supported in their professional development in accordance with CIWEM’s professional competencies.

The Role

 The Sustainable Development Team aims to ensure that third-party works, such as new developments, will not increase flood risk within the Internal Drainage District. As a Sustainable Development Officer your work will be very diverse and will include assessing and influencing works such as major residential developments, flood risk management schemes and National Infrastructure Projects such as Sizewell C.

The Successful Candidate 

The successful candidate will have a relevant degree in an engineering, geographical or water management-related subject. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience working within the water, civil engineering or flood risk management industries and will be working towards professional accreditation (likely via CIWEM or ICE) however this is not essential.

Essential criteria for the role include the following: 

  • Experience and ability in effective customer liaison and negotiation.
  • Experience and ability in interpreting technical plans and information.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workloads
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Effective analytical and negotiation skills
  • Methodical approach to work and a good attention to detail
  • An understanding of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM).
  • Ability to use GIS software and Microsoft Packages.
  •  Good written and spoken communication skills.
  •  Ability to work well with others at all levels.
  •   A full and valid UK driving licence.