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Dartmoor National Park Authority

Dartmoor Headwaters Officer (Natural Flood Management)

Grade 5: £27,741 - £32,234 per annum

Full time 37 hours per week

5 year fixed-term contract

About us

The climate and nature crises require comprehensive, bold solutions and urgent action in order to reverse the accelerating decline that nature and society now faces. In response, Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) has recently launched an ambitious new nature enhancement strategy based around the restoration of natural processes at a catchment scale.

Core to this is the health of Dartmoor’s rivers, peatlands and wetlands, which we are aiming to enhance for multiple environmental and societal benefits through the Dartmoor Headwaters Programme. This represents the next phase of an ambitious initiative funded by the Environment Agency (EA) to reduce flooding and increase biodiversity by working with and emulating natural processes in priority headwaters.

About the post

DNPA and the EA are looking for someone to work as part of a growing team, to build on previous project successes and deliver extensive range of natural flood management (NFM) measures over the next five years as part of the Dartmoor Headwaters team.

The Dartmoor Headwaters Officer will promote and advise on NFM, working with farmers, landowners and the local communities to implement and monitor measures to help reduce the risk of flooding to properties and other infrastructure whilst also achieving additional benefits to enhance the natural environment, particularly in relation to carbon and biodiversity.

The post holder will work with the team to produce specifications and tender documents, recruit and manage contractors in line with agreed plans. They will work closely with partners, promote and advocate the project to a range of audiences and communicate the benefits and effects of the restoration programme.

About you

Ideally you will have knowledge and demonstrable experience of delivering NFM, catchment projects, soils and/or wetland restoration. You will have a good understanding of farming and rural issues, with a strong background advising land managers on achieving environmental outcomes and have worked extensively with contractors to deliver high quality outcomes.

Although a background in delivering nature based solutions is preferable, a critical part of the role involves good communications, ability to liaise confidently with contractors and farmers and strong project management. You will be comfortable promoting key messages to a wide range of audiences and building positive relationships with stakeholders.

When applying for this post please highlight your suitability by referring to the essential and desirable requirements set out in the Person Specification. This information will be used in deciding those to be shortlisted

The post is based at the Authority’s head office at Parke, Bovey Tracey, and Princetown, but will involve travel to other sites within the National Park. The Authority operates flexible working hours and is a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Chris Giles (Head of Conservation and Land Management) on cgiles@dartmoor.gov.uk

Closing Date: 6th December 2021 (12 noon)

Interview Date: 14th and 16th December 2021

To apply please visit our website at: www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/job-vacancies

Dartmoor National Park Authority is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Closing Date: 06/12/2021  Location: Parke, Bovey Tracey, and Princetown

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