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Devon County Council

Managing Big Problems in Small Places – Culm Catchment Officer

Salary: £28,672 per annum pro rata
Appointment: Part Time
Job Term: Fixed
Location: Devon

To lead on delivery of the Managing Big Problems in Small Places project within the catchment of the River Culm. This forms a catchment based delivery element of the Devon-wide Managing Big Problems in Small Places (MBPiSP) project, led by Devon County Council.

This multi-million pound project runs up to 2027, forming one of 25 Flood & Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP) pilots nationally, funded by Defra.

It has two high level aims:

  • Helping communities identify and pilot a range of low-cost resilience actions at a catchment level where traditional flood defences are shown not to be appropriate or cost beneficial.
  • Identifying alternative funding models and developing tools which will link flood resilience measures to local spatial planning.

The MBPiSP programme will:

  • Identify a range of replicable low-cost resilience actions that can be delivered and funded by local authorities or/and local communities of different sizes/settings where traditional flood defences are shown not to be appropriate or cost beneficial.
  • Identify what level of protection can be afforded to a community using nature-based interventions, tailored flood warning systems and Property Flood Resilience measures.
  • Encourage local communities at risk to develop and deliver their own flood resilience interventions in collaboration with the project partners and identify wider benefits and alternative funding models which can then be used by other communities elsewhere.
  • The project will also encourage local communities to participate in local monitoring to build trust and confidence in the resilience measures.
  • Expand on locally developed methods of quantifying community resilience levels and communities with the knowledge and tools they need to help themselves including baseline information, opportunity mapping in a centrally shared Flood Resilience Hub that is being developed as part of the wider project. Individual projects will feed into the hub.
  • Develop tools and guidance linking flood resilience measures to local spatial planning policy to protect further communities at risk from heightened run offs as a result of increased climate change risks, pressures from new developments and increased agricultural productivity.

There are four work packages in the MBPiSP project. The postholder will be expected to split their time primarily across two of these four work packages;

  • Work Package 1 – Delivering catchment-based flood resilience (empowering local communities and stakeholders/ piloting flood resilience measures using a catchment based approach with a range of nature based solutions) – roughly 75% of time
  • Work Package 3 – Informing Spatial Planning (Place Making) – roughly 25% of time

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Closing Date: 09/12/2021  Location: Devon

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