Flood and water management stream

The flood and water management stream offers an exciting way to start your career in flood and water management in the public sector. It is ideal for a graduate who is up for the challenge of adapting to the impacts of climate change and protecting the public and businesses from flooding.

We are the lead local flood authority for Kent, responsible for the strategy for managing flood risks from surface water and ordinary (small) watercourses across the county and for delivering that strategy. You will work as part of the team that helps to ensure development in the county supports this strategy, manages surface water sustainably and that landowners manage assets to minimise flooding.

You will play an active role in promoting sustainable drainage to local planning authorities and developers, reviewing the plans for drainage and assessing if they meet the relevant national and local standards. You will have the opportunity to shape the sustainable development in the county. You will also review plans to modify ordinary watercourses and provide advice about their maintenance.

You will also provide support to a range of projects to deliver our strategy and manage water resources in the county, including:

  • flood investigations
  • flood mitigation studies
  • water resource improvements.

Length of stream

2 years


You will receive a starting salary of £26,205 which will increase as you progress.


Our main offices are in Maidstone, but travel may be required to other offices and locations around Kent.

We are currently operating hybrid working giving the flexibility for individuals to work from home or in one of our reconfigured office buildings. We will support you to work in a hybrid way, with the necessary induction, management, and equipment.


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The job provides you with invaluable on-the-job experience of working within the public sector and offers extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere.

Whilst on the programme, you will be provided with the right support to help you achieve the Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship (Level 4). We will commit to your continuing professional development and will support you in your training and as you develop your management skills and knowledge.

  • a 2:1 degree or equivalent in a science, engineering, or mathematical subject
  • a GCSE in mathematics - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4-9)
  • a GCSE in English language - grade A to C or equivalent (new grades 4-9)

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

We are looking for candidates with the potential to become future senior managers. The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career. So you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

You are eligible to apply if you are predicted a 2:1 or higher but please state your predicted grade clearly on the application form.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Closing date for applications

Applications close at midnight on 31 January 2022.

First sift activity

Candidates will be invited to complete a first sift activity between 1 and 14 February 2022.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates were invited to attend an interview on 7 March 2022.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 4 April 2022.