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Working with Natural Processes Project Officer – 0.6FTE (24 hours p/w) position

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, organised and dynamic person to assist in the development of a project which looks to use the principles of WwNP to reduce the risk of flooding to properties within the River Adur catchment, whilst ensuring that maximum ecosystem service benefits are achieved (i.e. carbon sequestration, biodiversity gain).

The vision and development of the project will be undertaken in conjunction with a steering group, formed from the local Adur & Ouse Catchment Partnership, consisting of the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, Adur & Worthing District Council, Natural England, South Downs National Park and Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Further Information

This role is primarily to develop a strategy and programme of works to deliver a WwNP focused Natural Flood Management (NFM) project across the River Adur Catchment. It is expected that there will be some small-scale delivery of interventions within the timeframe of this role.  It is anticipated that future core funding will be available on submission of a well-developed strategy which covers the whole river catchment, from source to sea, and delivers on four key challenges;

  1. Reduction in flood risk to properties, specifically the 70 properties identified in Bramber and Upper Beeding.
  2. Highlights developed opportunities to restore mudflat and saltmarsh habitat to help reduce flood risk, help tackle the climate emergency and deliver biodiversity gain.
  3. Seeks to improve the ecological status of waterbodies in the River Adur catchment, 79% of which are currently poor or moderate under the Water Framework Directive.
  4. Addresses the constraints of existing flood management infrastructure including many assets reaching the end of their operation lifespan and being uneconomic to replace or maintain.

In order to reach the required stage within this contract period it is envisaged a split of 75% focus on the tidal zone and 25% focus on Adur East & Adur West areas.

The closing date for applications is 13:00 on 26th February 2021 with interviews on 15th March. To apply please complete the application form below and send with a covering letter to

WwNP Project Officer Job Description

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