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Principal Civil Engineer - Reservoir Management

Forestry England
Based in one of Forestry England’s offices across England, with the option of some blended working.
£42,462 - £46,029 per annum + pension + benefits
Closing date
7 Sep 2022

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Forestry England is an organisation like no other. Our strong values and shared ambition to connect everyone with the nation’s forests underpin all that we do.

We are uniquely placed to confront the climate emergency, tackle the nature crisis and support the nation’s health and wellbeing. Working for Forestry England is to be part of the solution to the challenges of our generation.

Civil engineering underpins the delivery of Forestry England’s operational activities. The infrastructure we build and maintain supports all that Forestry England delivers. From the supply of sustainably sourced timber, through to being the largest outdoor recreation provider in the country, civil engineering is vital to our success.

This post is an extremely varied and exciting opportunity to join the Forestry England Civil Engineering team. You will play a key role, advising on the management of Forestry England’s reservoirs and providing specialist water related technical advice.

Being part of Forestry England is to be part of a progressive and inclusive organisation, where you will work in and among some of the most diverse and spectacular natural environments in England. Our benefits include a generous holiday entitlement, substantial training, development and volunteering opportunities, flexible and blended working arrangements and membership of an excellent civil service pension scheme.

This important role is part of Forestry England’s national engineering team. As part of this team, you will provide leadership, support, advice and guidance to our operational teams, who undertake the day to day management and maintenance of our water related assets.

The primary focus of the role is to drive forwards Forestry England’s ambitious reservoir management strategy. This requires excellent communication skills and entails cross-functional change management in a matrix management organization. The ability to build relationships, establish shared goals, influence, and lead significant change is essential.

The role will also provide water related advice and guidance in relation to the design and development of projects such as surface water drainage systems, implementation of SuDS and natural flood management.

The role will be based in one of Forestry England’s offices across England with flexibility for some optional blended working (see details below). Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

The nature of the role requires a willingness to travel regularly throughout England with short stays away from home as required.

Key work areas
1. Drive forwards the implementation of Forestry England’s reservoir management strategy. This includes oversight and management of Forestry England’s reservoirs at a national level, as well as providing technical advice at an operational level.

2. Maintain consistent reservoir and dam asset management standards by monitoring and supporting local civil engineering teams. Review and maintain reservoir/dam guidance and training to ensure accuracy and relevance (legally, organizationally and at an operational level).

3. Consider and recommend design options for surface water and foul drainage using analytical software and more traditional methods to current design standards. Check the designs and specifications for the same, of other Forestry England engineers.

4. Provide advice to the organization, including landscape architects, land agents, building surveyors and other stakeholders on water related issues, including SuDS, natural flood management and dams/reservoirs. Review best practice and share knowledge on good engineering practices.

5. Lead, or input into, the procurement of services required to support the management of Forestry England’s water related assets. This includes supporting with the development of technical information for contract documentation.

6. Build networks both internally and with other agencies and partners to support the management of Forestry England’s water related assets.

7. Carry out hydrological studies to obtain flood flows and hydraulic calculations for river channels, bridges, culverts, weirs and small dam spillways. Engage and supervise consultants, civil engineering contractors and suppliers for delivering more complex water/drainage designs and works.

8. Promote and encourage a positive health and safety culture around all Civil Engineering activity. Champion the practical implementation of the CDM 2015 regulations throughout all stages of the project lifecycle.

For further information and details of how to apply for the post, please go to the Civil Service Jobs website:

Principal civil engineer - Reservoir management - Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK


We are England’s largest land manager and custodian of the nation’s public forests. We have around 1,000 committed staff and volunteers looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. We work in partnership with others across government and the charitable and private sectors.

The nation’s forests are a great source of natural wealth and help shape the look and feel of the ‘natural’ countryside. They influence how the countryside works, for timber as well as people and wildlife.

Forests flourish with management and planning. In that sense we are landscapers on a vast, nationwide scale for this generation and beyond. Our work today influences what the nation’s forests look like for generations to come.

We are looking a hundred years or more ahead to imagine how England’s countryside needs to adapt to a changing climate and cultural changes.

It is a job that never stops growing.

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