Sustainable Drainage Officer – Guildford, Surrey

Sustainable Drainage Officer

Surrey County Council

Guildford, Surrey


The starting salary for this role is £32,173 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

Help Make Surrey a Greener Place to Live.

Are you looking for an opportunity to shape local development, improve our environment and reduce flood risk?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Flood Risk and Climate Resilience Officer to join our team at Surrey County Council. Surrey County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the county of Surrey. As LLFA we have the responsibility of managing the risk of flooding from ordinary watercourses, surface water and groundwater. We do this in partnership with other Risk Management Authorities such as the Environment Agency, Water Companies, as well as Borough and District Councils.

The Flood Risk Planning and Consenting Team act as statutory planning consultees for surface water drainage on all major planning applications and carry out our role as regulatory authority for works affecting ordinary watercourses. The team provides advice on over 1200 proposed major developments per year, as well as providing pre-application advice and support on planning policy. It's a busy, friendly and active team; we can often be found out for a collective walk or volunteering to plant trees.

We are passionate advocates for Sustainable Drainage (SuDS), climate change action and green infrastructure, and seek to enhance development in the county so that it provides better water quality, amenity and biodiversity benefits, as well as reducing flood risk.

To help us achieve our goals we are looking for an officer to work within the team to:

Assess planning applications against requirements for sustainable drainage within the National Planning Policy Framework and Technical Standards

Provide advice to Local Planning Authority consultations and developers on drainage schemes

Carry out assessments of Ordinary Watercourse consent applications

Investigate and answer customer flood risk enquiries

As part of the application process, you will be asked to answer the following questions along with uploading your CV:

What are your motivations for applying?

What knowledge do you have of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and the Town and Country Planning processes?

Please tell us about, and provide examples of, your experience creating, reviewing and influencing plans, designs and calculations relating to drainage or engineering.

Please tell us about, and provide examples of, your experience analysing reports or data against set criteria and providing written feedback.

Please provide examples from your work and/or home life that evidence your ability to communicate with different stakeholders and create positive change.

You will need to manage your own workload effectively to meet tight deadlines while being a part of a dynamic and busy team. As well as this, you must be a confident communicator and negotiator, capable of explaining technical information clearly and sensitively. In addition, you will be confident using IT systems with experience of using spreadsheets and GIS.

We welcome applicants with transferrable skills and there will be detailed on the job and formal training opportunities for the successful candidates. We also offer opportunities for hybrid working including days working from home if desirable.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26/03/2023.

Interviews will take place week commencing 03/04/2023.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit the advert on the employer site.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.


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