Senior Waterbodies Project Officer

Senior Waterbodies Project Officer


£37,263 - £40,589 - Plus market leading package (see below)

We are seeking an experienced canals, reservoirs and rivers specialist to join our Countryside service as the council’s lead expert on the management and inspection of our waterbody assets. 

We maintain a number of rivers, canals and other waterbodies across Derbyshire many in heritage and conservation sites such as Cromford Canal . These sites are really valued by our community and visitors as important parts of the Derbyshire landscape.

This new role is critical in ensuring they continue to be places people can enjoy safely and are safeguarded for the future and is a fantastic opportunity for someone experienced in asset management or with particular experience in waterbodies management who is passionate about the natural environment.

Key aspects of this role also include:

• Co-ordinating and leading the management of the council’s statutory responsibilities as the owner (undertaker) of several large raised reservoirs in relation to the Reservoirs Act 1975. 
• Providing specialist waterbodies guidance and technical direction working in partnership with internal officers, canal partnerships/trusts, voluntary bodies & community groups 
• Leading on the delivery of day-to-day inspection and strategic management of all the Council’s waterbody assets
Commissioning of works from modelling, commissioning, putting contracts in place, managing consultants, managing budgets, timescales & performance
• Develop, plan and co-ordinate a long-term 5 year scheme of capital improvement schemes and projects

This list is not exhaustive, take a look at our comprehensive job profile on our Derbyshire County Council jobs website for more detail (this role is known internally as Senior Project Engineer - Waterbodies).

What skills/experience will you need?

• Hold a BSc in Civil Engineering or associated discipline with relevant post qualification experience
• It is a challenging role, requiring commitment and a positive attitude
• You will have a substantial background in the field of waterbody asset management
• You will be a creative team player with excellent IT, communication skills, be well organised and have good attention to detail

Derbyshire is a wonderful place to live, visit and work. The post will be based at County Hall at Matlock, in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales but will initially be required to work from home, under the Council’s current Covid-19 policies.

And what’s in it for you?

• 27 days of annual leave plus another 5 with 5 years of continuous service
• Flexible working scheme allowing up to an additional 2 days off per month
• Generous local government pension scheme
• Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
• Supported continued professional development by providing role specific training in a supportive team
• Discounts at selected county leisure centres
• Cycle to work scheme
• Free online health and exercise sessions
• …and much more!

Derbyshire County Council are going through a period of positive development and transformation so it’s a great time to join and drive change.

We are accepting CV’s for this position so it’s easier than ever to apply. 

For an informal and confidential chat about the role please contact our Environment & Transport Director, Claire Brailsford –

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