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South West Water

Monitoring Officer

At South West Water we believe that the strongest businesses are built on solid, stable foundations - with a vision and a culture that gives them the freedom to change, improve and innovate. We’re proud to be responsible for providing reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services for the beautiful South West area. And we have huge ambitions.Not only are we committed to reaching net-zero by 2030, but we’ve also partnered with wildlife charities, National Parks and local partners to help ensure a better future for generations to come. So, if you want to be part of a diverse team where opportunities flow and fresh ideas are welcomed, #JustAddWater.

Do you want to feel part of a large company with a focus on delivering sustainable environmental improvements? Do you want a job where you are outdoors, solving problems and helping others?

We currently have an opportunity for a Monitoring Officer as part of the South West Peatland Partnership (SWPP) to join our team based in Okehampton. Joining us on a 14 month fixed term contract, you will receive a competitive salary of £28,000 - £30,000 per annum plus excellent benefits. 

About the role 

As our Monitoring Officer you will carry out surveys, monitoring, and research with the Monitoring Manager and/or Contractors. Surveys will include, ecological, hydrological and GIS modelling, as per commitments in the Nature for Climate Monitoring Plan and South West Water’s Green Recovery programme. This will include assisting in drawing up further details for the monitoring plans, compiling contractor documentation when required, as well as overseeing contractors in remote locations, and managing and reviewing databases and GIS systems. You will also be working with stakeholders, volunteers within partnerships and negotiate with individual landowners and managers over the monitoring. As this work involves working with landowners, farmers or other members of the public and the post holder must be able to liaise with tact and diplomacy.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Delivery of the SWPP, NCPGS and Green Recovery (GR) Dartmoor+ project Monitoring Plan which includes biodiversity, vegetation, hydrological survey, assessment of peatland sites, photography.
  • Day to day management of the monitoring database, GIS systems. Working with the Monitoring Manager to improving the remote working capability/synchronization of the SWPP team spread across several partner organisations through cloud-based systems or similar.
  • Ability to collate, input and handle large volumes of data and analyse data into a format that is appropriate to a variety of audiences, funders and partners.
  • Manage software and hardware required for in-field data collection including GNSS receivers, mobile GIS software (Qfield or similar), and resulting synchronization of field collected data with SWPP team members and partner organisations.
  • Work with the Monitoring Manager to ensure all reports are written within the required timeframes and appropriate to the audience and funder.
  • Ability to digitize, and geo-reference historical aerial photography and other relevant remote sensing.
  • Assisting in training provision for students and volunteers in relevant aspects of Mire ecology, hydrology, survey and restoration.

What we are looking for:

  • Educated to degree level in a Natural Science subject, or relevant vocational qualifications and relevant work experience
  • Experience of the development and implementation of monitoring and survey work.
  • Management of contracts and supervision of contractors carrying out monitoring and survey works
  • Strong experience of database and GIS management, use and modelling
  • Experience of working with land-managers and other practitioners
  • An understanding of upland, peatland or wetland ecology, peatland restoration techniques
  • Ability to use GIS programmes and model data. Use of GPS and interpret remotely sensed data.

What's in it for you:

We know that the support and commitment of our staff is key to our success so you will receive the opportunity for ongoing development and training for a long-term career with us. We’re one of the largest companies in the South West and are proud to have been awarded Investors in People recognition.

In return, we offer an excellent range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • A discretionary Bonus
  • Competitive Contributory Pension
  • Share-save Scheme
  • Various health benefits
  • Wellbeing support programmes
  • A range of Group Discounts
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Financial support services
  • And plenty more!

Closing Date: Monday 5th December 2022
Please note that the successful candidate will be subject to a mandatory DBS check as part of the onboarding process.

Be yourself, we like it that way.
Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.

Our core values which are essential to our success are:
· Trusted - We do the right thing for our customers and stakeholders.· Collaborative - We forge strong relationships working together to make a positive impact.· Responsible - We keep our promises to our customers, communities, and each other.· Progressive - We are always looking for new ways to improve and make life better.

Apply online today here

Closing Date: 05/12/2022  Location: Okehampton, Devon

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