Black Sluice
Internal Drainage Board



Environment Officer 

Reports to: Maintenace Director
Responsible for: Leading on all environmental projects and schemes. Managing, maintaining our Environmental Layers on GIS. Partnership working with other authorities, for example Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council and other IDBs.
Salary: Dependent on experience
Spine point 20 – 23 ADA Lincolnshire Branch White Book
£34,884 – £38,436 per annum (2024/25)
Pension Option: Lincolnshire Local Government Pension Scheme
Hours of work: The Board operates a 74 hours, 9 days working fortnight working pattern.

An exciting vacancy has arisen for an Environment Officer, working for Black Sluice IDB in Lincolnshire. The IDB is an independent statutory authority providing flood risk management and land drainage services within our catchment area.

The Environment Officer will be the responsible lead for all environmental projects and schemes. Working in a small team working to conserve and enhance the environment, you will work with partner organisations (for example Environment Agency, Rivers Trust, Wildlife Trust, councils and other IDBs) to achieve greater benefits.

We are looking for a highly motivated person with the knowledge, skills, experience, and personal qualities necessary to progress environmental schemes and projects, conduct habitat surveys, maintain and develop databases and spatial information. You will represent the IDB in county-wide forums, promoting the IDB’s work and projects. You will have skills in working with environmental enhancement projects and analysing data using GIS.

You will also manage and develop datasets, used together with environmental records to inform decision making and produce a range of products and services for public, private and third sector partners. These include; biodiversity data, asset data, GIS layers, web mapping and other spatial data. Taking ownership and having a high regard for the integrity of data throughout our systems and processes, you will be able to demonstrate a personal commitment to biodiversity conservation and will thrive on the challenges offered through working for our organisation. It is a requirement that the successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK by the start of their employment.

The IDB’s offices are based in Swineshead, Boston. Our primary role is to provide a front-line drainage and flood protection service within the greater Lincolnshire community. We 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 Board supervises all matters relating to water level management within our district whilst supporting and promoting sustainability, the environment, agriculture, industry and commercial assets.

This is a full-time post which requires someone who has experience of working in a comparable environment or situation.

The minimum qualifications for this position are:

  • Degree in Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Ecology or other relevant discipline
  • Experience of undertaking environmental/ecological surveys
  • Able to build a partnership working with the Maintenance Director and Board Members to enable clear understanding of organisational goals and strategic objectives
  • Experience of developing and maintaining strong relationships with external partners, landowners and other stakeholders through excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise responsibilities, manage own time effectively and resource planning
  • Highly efficient, methodical, and accurate in order to develop, manage and maintain excellent systems and processes.
  • Customer service focused and aware, able to recognise needs and priorities and know how to deliver excellent customer service
  • Excellent teamwork skills to enable the department to work flexibly and cooperatively to deliver the best possible service
  • On-going development of management and leadership skills
  • Competent in the use of standard IT packages such as Word, Power Point, Access, and Excel in order to manage day to day administrative duties promptly, efficiently and accurately
  • A full, clean driving license is essential.
  • Physical activity, frequent extensive walking on rough ground and uneven terrain to inspect watercourses and structures throughout all seasons
  • Environmental and visual inspections of field signs
  • Lone and remote working

Desirable, but not essential, criteria:

  • Competent in the use of ArcGIS (training can be provided)

Information about Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board and further information regarding this post, including full job description, person specification is available on the Board’s Website:

Click here to view the full Job Description

Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, outlining relevant skills and experience, together with a supporting application letter, by 10 April 2024.

Please send to:
FAO Maintenance Director – Simon Harrison
Black Sluice IDB
Station Road
Boston Lincolnshire
PE20 3PW

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