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Pathfinder II Assistant

Project Pathfinder II Assistant
Employer Northamptonshire County Council
Job Description

Pathfinder II Assistant

Location: Northampton

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £19,500

Start Date: August 2020

Length of Opportunity: 14 Months


Join Northamptonshire County Council’s emergency planning team! This is an excellent opportunity to utilise your passion for communication and apply your technical skills to build resilience to flood risk and engage with a variety of stakeholders and community groups.

We are:

We are Northamptonshire County Council, you will be working within a small friendly team with a lot of joint working with colleagues from outside the organisation.

The Pathfinder II Project’s aim is to facilitate community-led improvements in resilience and preparedness amongst communities who are at risk of flooding in Northamptonshire, complementing other flood risk management activities, as set out in the Northamptonshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

The project sets out to achieve this aim through the following objectives:

  • The promotion of flood resilience to communities in Northamptonshire

  • To work with up to 30 communities to develop and improve community and household level preparedness to flood risk through both prevention and preparedness measures

  • To support up to 30 communities through the implementation of small scale asset integration works

  • To support the further development of the NCC flood Toolkit

  • To recruit and train further surface water flood wardens

  • To enhance the role and training available to Northamptonshire surface water flood wardens

The Pathfinder II Assistant would support in tasks, projects and initiatives related to the County Council’s Pathfinder II project, particularly in relation to mapping risks, analysing data and organising community events.

We value:

Our organisational culture is underpinned by the Principles of Public Life. Our people shape the organisation and the services and are best placed to improve and transform the offer to the residents of the county.

  • Selflessness

  • Integrity

  • Objectivity

  • Accountability

  • Openness

  • Honesty

  • Leadership

We need:

You will have excellent communications skills, being able to engage with the public as well as project partners on daily basis. You will be hard working, organised and have a good attention to detail to analyse data and interpret it.

You are:

  • Technically adept with the ability to quickly learn and apply new skills.

  • Highly organised, able to multi-task and prioritise work and run on your own initiative.

  • Able to analyse and interpret data with good attention to detail.

  • An excellent problem solver with the flexibility to enable working in rapidly changing situations.

  • An excellent written and verbal communicator with the ability to present at and participate in meetings.

  • Able to deliver support services in a calm and professional manner.

  • Positive and enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal skills, able to constructively relate to a wide variety of people including cooperating with other organisations.

  • Able to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner and to assimilate and relay information.

  • Qualified driver with access to own transport.

  • Willing to undertake a DBS check

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Experienced using GIS based systems (ie MAPINFO) or equivalent.

  • Proficient in IT, with a good working knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications.

  • Equipped with a basic knowledge of physical geography and flood related matters.

What’s in it for you?

You will be working with like-minded people within a small team. You will gain knowledge of working within local authority emergency planning and engaging with the local community on a range of challenges and opportunities.

Day in the Life / Key responsibilities:

  1. To support in tasks, projects and initiatives related to the County Council’s Pathfinder II project, particularly in relation to mapping risks, analysing data and organising community events.

  2. Provide GIS support to the Pathfinder 2 project and associated activities including desktop flood risk analysis.

  3. Coordinate and support community engagement activity including organising and running community-based events.

  4. Develop and maintain positive relationships with partners, Stakeholders and the public.

  5. Support further development of online information resources.

  6. Support NCC’s incident response arrangements.

  7. Complete administrative and financial tasks associated with the role.

  8. Undertake other duties as required commensurate with the role.


The role will be based in the office where Public Health England guidelines are being adhered to. Community engagement events will only resume once guidelines permit, this will be reviewed regularly.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 37

Annual leave: 25 days + Bank Holidays

Work outside normal hours: Regular evening and weekend working (flexible working hours)


Closing Date: Sunday 21st June 2020

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 29th June 2020

Interview Date: Thursday 9th July 2020

Interviews are currently planned to be facilitated remotely via Zoom or similar, this will be kept under review through the process.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

For office use only

CAUK reference 2386

Employer: Change Agents UK (on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council)

Probation period: 1 Month

Reports to: Emergency Planning Officer

Project County Northamptonshire
Location Northampton
Salary £19,500 pa
Application Deadline 2020-06-21
Interview Date 2020-07-09
Start Date 2020-08-03
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted