Senior Community Engagement Officer

Job Vacancy | Groundwork South

Location: Buckinghamshire / Thames Valley
Contract: Fixed term contract to March 2027
Salary: Circa £27,000
Hours: Full or part-time considered

Community charity Groundwork South has a unique role opportunity for an energetic, people-focused, self-motivated Senior Community Engagement Officer to join us in an exciting community flood resilience programme that we’re delivering in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council and a range of other organisations.

Summary of role: Project Groundwater is an innovative Defra-funded partnership programme which seeks to improve understanding, raise awareness, and increase resilience to groundwater flooding in communities in 9 high-risk flood areas of the Chiltern Hills and Berkshire Downs – and here at Groundwork we’re delighted to have been appointed as the community engagement lead.

Working closely with the Project Manager and existing engagement delivery team, as a Senior Community Engagement Officer you’ll have the opportunity to develop and deliver community engagement plans which will enable effective working with local residents and community groups, drawing on co-production principles to achieve the community engagement goals of Project Groundwater. This is a key role working in partnership with voluntary organisations, local authorities, corporate organisations and others to help deliver improvements and increase local resilience across designated pilot communities that have been impacted by groundwater flooding.

Through your engagement with local communities, you will generate interest, support and participation in Project Groundwater whilst addressing barriers which may typically hinder resilience to groundwater flooding. As a core member of the engagement delivery team, you’ll have the chance to plan for and use a range of engagement techniques to help foster support for, and involvement in, the project – with a focus on face-to-face engagement where possible.

For key requirements of the role please see the personal specification attached to the Job Description on our website.

Groundwork South

Groundwork South works with communities across the south of England to transform their lives and the places where they live. We have been at the forefront of social and environmental regeneration for over 25 years, and today we have a simple mission: to create better places, improve people’s prospects, and promote greener living and working.

We are passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny, and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances. This vision drives the work that we do. Each year we deliver over 100 innovative projects, tackling the biggest issues facing our communities and creating real and lasting, positive change.

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Download the Job Application pack below:

Job Description – Project Groundwater Senior Community Engagement Officer JD PS June 2024

Application_Form – Senior Community Engagement Officer


Please send your completed application form, quoting reference ‘PGCEO24’ to

For further information and to discuss the role please contact Hannah Baker at or 07702532710.

Closing date for applications: Friday 12th July 2024, 11.59pm
Interview date: Thursday 18th July (over MS Teams or Zoom)

Groundwork South is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all members of the community.