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Graduate Engineer

Witham Third District Internal Drainage Board
Lincolnshire (GB)
Grade 4 (SCP 17 to 20) £27,000 - £30,216
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Our vision and mission have never been more relevant going forward, especially with the onset of climate change. Across the Lincolnshire district we are working in partnership with investment and action on Flood Risk management.

We are working together to make a real difference – protecting land, critical infrastructure, commercial and residential property from flooding and ensure good land drainage ensuring everyone can enjoy their lives free from flooding.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of our team, colleagues and partners.

We are proud of our energised, friendly and motivated workforce.

Join Witham and Humber Drainage Boards’ today and help us get things done, together

About Us

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Graduate Engineer to join the Engineering Team at Witham and Humber Group of Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs).

The Boards’ primary role is to provide front line drainage and flood protection service within their districts and the Greater Lincolnshire community. The Boards protect land, critical infrastructure, commercial and residential property from flooding and ensure good land drainage. Much of this work involves the maintenance and improvement of watercourses and related infrastructure.  The Boards supervise all matters relating to water level management within their district whilst supporting and promoting sustainability, ecological wellbeing and improvement of the environment, agriculture, industry and commercial assets.

The 4 Boards, (Witham First District, Witham Third District, Upper Witham and North East Lindsey Internal Drainage Boards) operate as a collective group known as the Witham and Humber Drainage Boards. They maintain over 1000km of watercourses and 56 pumping stations between them, as well as many smaller water level management structures within their drainage districts (e.g., weirs, penstocks and other control structures).

In addition to the shared administration, financial, managerial and technical support, 3 of the 4 Boards also provide a consenting and enforcement service to the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) in Lincolnshire since April 2012, in their extended hydraulic catchments.

The Boards are committed to providing and promoting consistent and high standards of service, through the employment of highly skilled flood risk management professionals who demonstrate commitment and provide high quality services. Strong and consistent relationships between employees, built on mutual respect, are fundamental to the on-going success of the Boards. 

Our achievements as smaller Public Bodies are a direct reflection of the effort, commitment, knowledge and skill of our people. A key part of this role is to contribute to the growth and development of the Boards’ actively and positively, your colleagues, members and resources. To promote and raise the profile of land drainage and flood protection externally to the Boards.

About the role

The Graduate Engineer primary role is to consider, prioritise and respond to the technical aspects of Planning and Consenting applications as they affect the Boards operations and riparian drainage systems within the district.  To engage with the planning process and use the Board’s permissive powers (under the Land Drainage Act 1991), and the Board’s Byelaws, to meet the Boards’ key purpose of ensuring that development is carried out sustainably and will not increase flood risk within the Internal Drainage District.

As our Graduate Engineer, you will be responsible for conducting the Witham and Humber planning process and procedure. Engage and build relationships with the Local Planning Authorities operating within Witham and Humber district. You will also assist in providing technical guidance to your fellow team members.

There will be opportunity to get involved with elements of small design structures, but the role would not suit someone looking for a full time design position or anyone with an architectural bias.

About you

You should have a Civil Engineering degree recognised by the ICE, with the desire to work towards becoming chartered on our ICE approved training scheme. If a UK degree is not held, confirmation of ICE acceptance of your degree should be forwarded with your application.

We are looking for self-motivated candidates, capable of managing their own workload, strong communication skills are essential for clear interface with our workforce and clients. Candidates will need to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and CAD skills would be beneficial. We are looking to employ engineers with the desire to progress to project management and will train you with this in mind.

You may have experience working in a technical or regulatory role within the Water Industry, a Local Planning Authority, the Environment Agency or a Lead Local Flood Authority (“LLFA”).

What we offer

In return, we can offer ongoing hybrid working and office hub, a flexible, supportive and rewarding working environment.

Graduate Development

  • Induction pathway into land drainage and flood management
  • Supporting you to develop your knowledge and skill
  • Supportive training and coaching to enhance your career
  • Opportunities to learn and grow within the industry


  • Annual leave entitlement starting at 23 days and rising to 27 days over a five-year period. 
  • Bank Holiday entitlement is in addition as is a locally agreed 3 extra statutory annual leave days. 
  • A great benefit is the compressed hours of 37 hour working week, delivered over a 74-hour, 9 day working fortnight.
  • The Boards' also offer Hybrid working, between office and home.


  • The appointment offers an annual salary: Grade 4 (SCP 17 to 20) £27,000 - £30,216
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme,
  • Opportunity to progress and training as the Boards develop.  

Family Friendly

  • Flexible Working practices
  • This role is expected to develop and evolve over time. The 4 Boards provide varied opportunities for individuals to develop their professional skill sets.  Opportunities for further training will be assessed, supported and reviewed through our annual personnel development process in order to maintain excellent standards of customer service and employee job satisfaction.
  • To thrive and achieve all aspects of the role, whilst working in harmony, supporting colleagues, and becoming a key member of an effective team.

Additional Information

If you have the skills and experience required, please apply in writing to with your complete current CV, covering letter and any supporting documentation indicating the reasons why you are interested in the position.

Closing Date for applications is Sunday 31st July 2022.

If you have the skills and experience required, please apply in writing to with your complete current CV, covering letter and any supporting documentation indicating the reasons why you are interested in the position.

For more information about Witham and Humber Drainage Boards please visit our website

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Fluency in reading, writing and spoken English is mandatory for this position.

Witham and Humber drainage Boards’ are unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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