Assistant Flood Officer

Stirling Council
£27,477 - £30,072
01 Dec 2017
09 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and proactive individual with relevant flood risk and drainage experience to join the Flooding and Drainage Team within the Roads & Land Services section of Localities & Infrastructure, Environment & Place. Based in Endrick House, Stirling, and under the direction of the Bridges, Flooding and Drainage Team Leader, we are seeking an ambitious individual open to gaining invaluable experience in this continuously evolving new and exciting work area. Stirling Council’s Flooding and Drainage Team has the opportunity to deliver ambitious objectives and implement lessons learned from recent flood events in ways that represent good value, benefit communities and enhance the environment. In delivering and implementing these objectives we will be developing our knowledge of flood risk so we can help landowners, local authorities, external drainage boards and others understand how we can work together to alleviate flooding. The Flooding and Drainage Team have a number of statutory functions that are core to the delivery of the Forth Flood Risk Management Plan, which was published in 2016 under the Flood Risk Management Act (Scotland) 2009. These functions include overseeing the delivery of the Forth Local Flood Risk Management Plan, where Stirling Council are the Lead Authority and work closely with various other local authorities and statutory bodies, to reduce the effects of flooding on Stirlingshire communities. The Flooding and Drainage Team are currently progressing 4 Flood Alleviation Schemes throughout the Council area. The team act as ‘internal consultees’ to planning departments within the Council and National Park, where planning applications are reviewed from a flooding perspective and formal advice is offered. The team also have a statutory duty to inspect watercourses for their susceptibility to flood as well as managing a grille maintenance programme. The team also plan, design, procure and manage civil drainage works to alleviate local flooding. The chosen candidate would gain a multitude of experience in both the Flood Risk and the wider environmental sustainability and resilience sectors, as well as networking opportunities within this area including working with partners such as SEPA, other local authorities, Scottish Water, the Scottish Government, and external flooding and drainage boards. Educated to Degree level, our ideal candidate will have some form of post-graduate flood risk management experience. It is essential that the individual is enthusiastic and determined to learn and develop their skills, to be able to assist and support the Drainage Engineer and Flood Co-ordinator in providing technical guidance and undertake flood and drainage investigations whilst adhering to statutory guidance. The role is a Customer facing role and will involve working with a variety of people from residents to elected members and therefore the ideal candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently, through all mediums. The successful candidate must be able to co-operate and work flexibly within a team, develop solutions to problems, and organise and prioritise their workload. Project management of capital and revenue projects to meet quality, cost and time requirements is also a requirement of the post, as is the ability to provide prompt advice related to planning applications whilst complying with the provisions of the Flood Risk Management Act (Scotland) 2009. Ability to use GIS and databases to manage and share data is also essential. Stirling Council offers in return, competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement and pension contribution, flexible working arrangements and a pleasant open plan working environment. Excellent career opportunities exist for committed individuals. This is a real opportunity to make a difference and improve the services we deliver to our Communities.