Job With Somerset Rivers Authority: Community Engagement Support Officer Wanted

Job with Somerset Rivers Authority: Community Engagement Support Officer wanted

Somerset Rivers Authority wants a Community Engagement Support Officer. 

The job’s purpose is to inspire – and increase – resilience to flooding. 

In practice, this will mean that you’ll work across Somerset with the SRA’s Community Engagement Officer and a wide range of people and organisations.

You’ll get involved with activities and events that address local needs and help to build up useful networks.

About you

You have experience of running projects and events, including community events and activities.

You’re used to working with people from varied backgrounds, with different perspectives.

You have excellent communication, listening, presentation and organisational skills.

You’re able to maintain information about projects and programmes.

You’re self-motivated, adaptable, friendly and outgoing, with a creative and non-judgmental approach.

Job background 

One of the six main objectives of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan is to “increase resilience to flooding for families, agriculture, businesses, communities, and wildlife”.

The Flood Action Plan was drawn up during the devastating floods of 2013-14.

It’s now overseen by Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).

After the 2013-14 floods, there was an obvious need to help people recover from some dreadful experiences, and to draw up their own community flood plans, for use in any future events.

The SRA therefore funded a Community Resilience Officer, who focused especially on parts of the Somerset Levels and Moors that were worst affected.

Here’s a story about the kind of valuable work done: https://www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk/community-flood-resilience-plans-help-villages-on-somerset-levels/

Why is the SRA looking for a Community Engagement Support Officer now?

Three main reasons.

Firstly, the original Community Resilience Officer moved to pursue a new vocation.

Secondly, five years have gone by since the floods of winter 2013-14, and there’s now more focus on Engagement across the whole of Somerset. 

Thirdly, a Community Engagement Officer was recently recruited and the SRA wants a support officer to work with her.

Together you will provide inspiration and support across Somerset, and make new links between people and groups interested in local resilience. One important element of the role will be involvement with Somerset’s recently-launched Co-Adapt project.

Applications must be in by 23 July 2019.

For more details, visit: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/our-vacancies/job-details/?jobId=824  

Good luck!

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