Engineer - Flood Risk Management

Dorset Council
Dorchester, Dorset (GB)
£25,927 - £38,553
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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What’s in it for you:

This role provides an opportunity for you to make a meaningful difference to Dorset. We are a team dedicated to reducing flood risk from surface water, watercourse and groundwater sources of local flooding.

You will be part of a knowledgeable team acting as Lead Local Flood Authority, who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to reduce flood risk. 

We positively encourage hybrid and flexible working that supports a healthy work-life balance.

What you can expect to be doing:

Our priorities include supporting delivery of sustainable flood risk development, investigating flood events, consenting / enforcement activities within watercourses and development of local flood risk management schemes.

Collaboration is essential. We are very much community focussed and have achieved good working relationships with vulnerable flood risk communities and other flood risk management authorities.

This position involves responding to major planning consultations as Statutory Planning Consultee for the management of surface water. You will be undertaking the technical analyses of flood risk assessments, submitted in support of new development proposals and making recommendations to planning decision makers. This will involve negotiating and influencing solutions in line with policy, standards and best practice.


About you:

You will have recent experience of evaluating flood risk assessments and the design of surface water drainage systems in support of new development proposals. You will have enthusiasm and drive in working with developers, consultants, partner organisations and stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable development.

We are looking for a self-driven motivated person with a passion for supporting flood risk communities in a sustainable manner. Other skills considered essential include communication, workload management and ability to assess complex drainage issues.


Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents have ambitious aspirations are excited about our future care about Dorset and all the people who live here know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected, you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

We use generic job descriptions and person specifications. This means the job title on any attachments may differ from the job title in the advert. We may provide specific information in a context statement if relevant.

We cannot accept CVs in the place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all our candidates.


At Dorset Council, we are a team with diverse skills, backgrounds and experiences. We all work together to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Join us and you’ll face exciting challenges like:

  • tackling digital exclusion
  • providing quality housing and care for local people
  • improving education
  • helping our children and young people to thrive
  • building partnerships to strengthen local communities
  • supporting economic growth
  • protecting our natural environment, including England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

You will play a key part in improving the lives of the people who call Dorset home.

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