Flood and Coastal Risk Graduate

  • Job Reference: GBP 5159 DCC
  • Date Posted: 11 May 2020
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Salary: £18,812
  • Sector: Community & Sport, Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Duration: Minimum 12 months from start date
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Devon County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority for their area, delivering the roles and responsibilities defined under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. A dedicated Flood & Coastal Risk Management team, which sits within the Environment Group of the County Council, is responsible for delivering this function.


Purpose of Role

To assist the team in delivering the varied roles and responsibilities expected of the Lead Local Flood Authority with the aim of reducing flood risk to properties within Devon.

Duties and Responsibilities

Initial duties and responsibilities will include assisting with the day to day flood risk management activities mainly in the office and at times on site. This will rapidly progress to dealing with the public, other risk management authorities and outside bodies on land drainage enquiries, watercourse consenting and enforcement, minor flood investigations, sustainable drainage and surface water management and flood resilience projects. As knowledge and experience develops there will be opportunities to take on more responsibilities and ownership of specific elements of work or projects.

Training and Development opportunities

The team has a good balance of civil engineering combined with environmental and physical science to deliver all aspects of Flood Risk Management. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn from others and where appropriate to attend technical/non-technical training courses and/or seminars/workshops to improve skills and knowledge. Whilst there are no guarantees for future employment beyond the initial 12 months there is the possibility of an extension for a further 11 months or other opportunities may arise within the team.

You will also be able to access the University of Exeter staff training and will need to complete the university’s mandatory training when you begin your role.

Level of Support

The post holder will be assigned a mentor and will work alongside them daily. Contact with the line manager will also be daily but with more formal assessments arranged every 1 – 2 months or as required.

Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition

The graduate will be employed by the University of Exeter and will be seconded to DCC, hence you will be able to access the university’s benefits to staff, including 39 days paid leave (inclusive of bank holidays and closure days).  

The County Council operates a flexible working .

The opportunity to help the public by reducing the risk of flooding to their properties can be very rewarding

Travel expenses or personal mileage will be paid when out on official business.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided as required.

An ergonomic workstation will be provided, and any relevant checks will be carried out.


Attainments/Qualifications - Has successfully graduated/completed a Civil Engineering, Geography or other relevant degree at the University of Exeter or from a UK University, preferably with a focus on flood risk management and/or drainage design.

Skills and Understanding – An understanding of the legislation surrounding Flood Risk Management will be beneficial. The post holder will also need to be able to communicate well through various media, including email, telephone and face to face, be a good team player as well as happy to work on their own initiative

Prior Experience - Experience of using technical software such as ArcMap GIS or AutoCAD will be useful. Dealing with the public.

Behavioural Characteristics/ Personal Qualities and Attributes - Flexible and keen to develop their own knowledge and skills, highly motivated, technically minded, an ability to support others and willing to take ownership of their work

Other Requirements

Graduate of a UK university within the last 3 years

Right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Martin Hutchings CEng MICE - Flood & Coastal Risk Manager 07817 925547

To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: http://ex.ac.uk/bqu. Please send your completed form to us by clicking APPLY NOW