Catchment Advisor

  • Job Reference: UU1008
  • Date Posted: 1 October 2021
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Cheshire
  • Salary: £21,419
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Part Time

Job Description

Catchment Advisor (17549) Part Time

Job ID: 17549
Location: Huntington Water Treatment Works
Salary: £21,419.00
Working Hours: 22.20 per week

Job Purpose

We have an exciting part time opportunity for a Catchment Advisor based at our Huntington Water Treatment works, just outside of Chester. You will manage, deliver, monitor and report on catchment-specific advice and projects to those active on UU's drinking water catchments to improve and protect raw water quality and quantity for both ground and surface waters.
The principal water quality parameters of concern include nutrients, pesticides, colour, algae, solvents and turbidity.

Job Accountabilities

You will be responsible for organising and delivering advice both directly and indirectly to farmers and third parties such as councils, golf courses, caravan sites and equine holdings to make land management changes that protect and improve the water environment. This will include assisting in the preparation of farm management plans and applications for agri-environment schemes. You will also be responsible for:

  • Carrying out investigations, field trials, monitoring, sampling and analysis to support, validate, report and present on catchment activities and incidents. Data collection includes water, soil, plant and manure samples
  • Arranging and delivering presentations, workshops, table top discussions, lectures and stalls at markets, community meetings (WI, Gardening groups, equine groups), farmers meetings, students etc. The role therefore will include occasional weekend and evening working
  • Contributing to a communication programme utilising email, meetings, newsletters, twitter, facebook, written educational material and press articles appropriate to the different sectors engaged on catchment
  • Delivering and encouraging the uptake of UU catchment offers to improve and protect raw water quality. To develop new schemes and interventions appropriate to the pollutant of concern
  • Project managing small scale capital works (fencing, guttering, tree planting) professional advice, venue hire, sample analysis etc.
  • Monitoring, updating and inputting risks into the Drinking Water Safety Plans (DWSP) and deliver relevant DWSP and Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP) actions. Identified risks should be mapped using GIS.
  • Liaising and working with local initiatives including the CaBa group to minimise duplication of catchment work and maximise grant income
  • Arranging and managing a cross sector steering group for each Safeguard Zone project

Knowledge and Skills

To be successful in this role you will have a further education qualification in Agriculture, Land and Water management or Environmental Science together with an excellent understanding of UK agricultural and land management issues as well as demonstrable experience of working in or with agriculture. you will also have:

  • Stakeholder engagement experience with proven ability to engage with the farming community successfully.
  • Proven experience in writing and giving external presentations to both large and small audiences
  • Excellent communication, organisation and report writing skills.
  • An ability to prioritise, to be self-motivated and to motivate and inspire others.
  • Established project management skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other programmes including ARCGIS.
  • A good working knowledge of diffuse water pollution issues and catchment management
  • Good understanding of the Drinking Water Safety Plan approach to water quality risk management
  • Full UK driving licence


Additional Information

  • You will work in a small team based at a water treatment works outside Chester.
  • May require occasional weekend and evening work. We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background. If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Closing Date: 17/10/21
Disability Confident