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Southern Water

Catchment Management Officer, Kent & East Sussex

Location: Office based 2-3 days per week as required.
Permanent- Full time
Salary: Up to £34,500 depending upon experience

As the Catchment Officer for Kent & East Sussex, you’ll work as part of a team on a range of initiatives, focussed on engagement with farmers and land managers in our priority catchments. This is a key role with responsibility to help deliver the Company\'s commitment to protect water quality at source in the upstream catchments.

Your main role will be to promote sustainable farming measures that reduce the risk of nitrate and pesticide runoff, particularly where this causes a risk to our drinking water abstractions. This will involve offering a range of incentives to farmers, working with expert partners and farmer clusters to deliver farm management trials, whilst running various stakeholder meetings and events to share best practice information.

You will also be involved in evaluating land-based activities by reviewing and collecting monitoring information. Working with farmer clusters and other catchment stakeholders you will influence positive land management decisions and act as our first point of contact for farmers and land managers in our target catchments.

It is an exciting time to work for Southern water and be part of our Catchment First initiative, shifting our focus from traditional engineering solutions to working collaboratively with partners to create long-term sustainable improvements within our catchments.
Catchment First is the way we are delivering this innovative approach to safeguard our current and future water supplies and the health of our rivers, water environment and seas. It’s an approach we see as an essential part of our role to build a resilient future for water in our region.

You will be a key point of contact in the catchment, considering our options to respond to water quality issues. This will include some data analysis and catchment walkover surveys; updating catchment risk assessments; working directly with land managers within the agricultural sector to mitigate catchment risks; working with agronomists to assess current and emerging risks; working with key stakeholders to develop/manage urban catchment schemes; and working collaboratively with neighbouring water companies to deliver catchment management programmes.

Suitable candidates will have agronomic, agricultural or catchment management qualification / equivalent. Demonstrable experience of forging strong relationships with farmers/stakeholders and knowledge of farm management and crops. This role will be based in Kent & East Sussex, candidates must have a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.

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Closing Date: 10/06/2022  Location: South East

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