Flood Assets Officer (Community Projects and Engagement)

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£30300 - £38000 per annum
22 Aug 2019
02 Sep 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

This is a full time, fixed term role to cover maternity leave for a period of 1 year.

Job Purpose

Essex is committed to enabling inclusive economic growth, helping people get the best start and age well, helping create great places to grow up, live and work and transforming the Council to achieve more with less.

The Flood Assets Officer will deliver a high performing Flood and Water department, meeting all agreed service standards and statutory duties. Ensuring the development and implementation of the Essex County Council Flood Asset Register (AIMS) maintaining good working relationships with Local Planning Authorities and the Flood Teams. This role will ensure information relating to local flood assets, informs decision making, sharing data and working with engineers via existing land drainage partnerships.With a knowledge of Water Management and/or engineering and experience of ICT and GIS systems. This role will need to be able to build strong partnerships across the Council and external partners, as well as delivering presentations to a wide range of audiences.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

  • Develop and implement the Council's Flood Asset Register (AIMS). Including managing the designation of significant assets, working closely with the Surface Water Engineer.
  • Deliver advice and guidance to customers with regard to watercourses and other related areas, to improve understanding and ensure consistency across the County.
  • Develop and establish a county-wide decision making policy and protocol with regard to the special 'designation' of Flood Risk Assets to improve transparency for our customers.
  • Lead and deliver the watercourse mapping pilot project 'Where does water go?' in partnership with Parish Councils, to better inform condition and ownership of drainage networks. Promoting self-resilience and understanding of riparian responsibility within communities.
  • Acts as super-user in WaterRIDE software and technology, promoting and developing its use in emergency flooding situations across partners. Providing advice and training to colleagues.
  • Working collaboratively with risk management authority partners to encourage data sharing agreements which ensure GIS databases are current and accurate. Liaising with landowners to ascertain improvements to the public's understanding of roles and responsibilities.
  • Work closely with Watercourse Regulation Engineers, to maintain outputs and ensure timely customer response with regard to watercourse regulation and consenting activities.
  • Deliver flood risk asset data to the Flood Investigation Officer for assessing flood incidents and informing flood investigation reports.
  • Maintain the GIS datasets for the Floods Team in line with County guidelines.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject and/or alternative professional qualification, or equivalent by experience.*Evidence of continued professional development, with expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Water Management and/or engineering.
  • Good working knowledge of ICT and GIS systems.
  • Experience of project and data management.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage with a wide range of audiences, delivering informal and formal presentations.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships which are collaborative and influential in their nature.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.