Water Adviser (The National Trust)

As the National Trust embraces the future, we are increasing our ambitions to restore nature and step up our response to the climate crisis whilst providing the public benefit and access to the countryside that has become so valuable in recent times.

We are seeking:

  • Make habitats for nature bigger, better more & joined up
  • Reach carbon net zero by 2030 not least through the planting of 20 million trees
  • Increase access to the countryside to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of getting outdoors and feeling closer to nature.

With a major strategic focus on managing land for people, nature and the environment the National trust is working hard to improve the quality and connectedness of its landscapes and catchments right across the country. This role of Water Adviser is crucial to operate as a strategic specialist to support our teams on the ground as we make significant changes in response to the rapidly changing world around us.

Based primarily in the SW region this role has three key elements to it:

    • Providing a dedicated regional focus for delivery across the SW region
    • Providing remote and agile specialist strategic support remotely to specific key projects in other NT regions (across the South of the country)
    • Working pan-regionally alongside our Senior National Water Consultants as part of a small dedicated nationwide community of water expertise in NT offering strategic overview – wider as part of national team.  This flexibility of working will mean that your expertise can be pinpointed to support priority projects and teams in regions without a dedicated water role

As we move forwards with our strategic ambitions to play our part in addressing the challenges of the climate emergency and the need to stand up for nature the National Trust is investing increasing our Water Advisory expertise.  So in addition to this role we are also recruiting a role based in the North under IRC108668.  If this equivalent role in a different geographic area is of interest, then please do have a look at our website.

What it’s like to work here

The SW Region covers 49,000 hectares of National Trust Land and 300 miles of Coastline and contains a varied and stunning array of landscapes, water plays an important part in the landscape and in our associated communities.

Freshwater, ponds, lakes and rivers, are a very important part of the cultural landscape in the SW and the spectacular SW coast of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset is a destination for millions of visitors every year.

We too have big challenges with climate change and also need to adapt to the opportunities these changes will present including the potential to re-purpose our land and waterways in partnership and at landscape scale.

What you’ll be doing

We have many water related projects in the SW, either in concept or delivery. Examples include the peatland partnerships (Exmoor and Dartmoor with SW Water), river land restoration projects across the SW (recent example at Holnicote), catchment projects where we are starting to work with partners. In fact, we have projects developing in every county (SW Moors, Purbeck, Somerset Levels, North Devon, Tamar, Stour, Brue and many more).

At our large lowland estates, we are increasingly looking at how we better manage water into and out of our places i.e., Stourhead, (Forest of Selwood Partnership), Kingston Lacy (including the Stour Valley Regional Park), and Killerton, (Reconnecting the Culm). In addition, we are also undertaking some exciting work with the release of Beaver, various partnerships such as the River Trusts and of course working closely with all the statutory authorities with particular reference to the National Flood Management work.

Who we’re looking for

This is a unique opportunity to be a key player developing and implementing significant landscape-scale work primarily across the South with remote strategic support to key projects in other regions. To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Substantial knowledge of relevant legislative requirements and policy drivers relating to the water environment (e.g., Water Framework Directive, A/SSSIs, Habitats & Species Regulations). A good understanding of the organisations and processes involved in catchment management.
  • Having a primary focus in one region but with a proportion of time devoted to strategic and high-level support across a wider area working with other National Trust colleagues.
  • Providing expert advice, focused on the early stage of projects to help us meet our ambitions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Ensuring that water infrastructure work led by others (e.g. reservoirs, wastewater plant, private water supplies) is placed in a wider catchment context

If you are up for the challenge, then we look forward to reading your covering letter and CV.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

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