National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

Current Vacancies

Coastal Process Technician (Maternity Cover)

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Canterbury Area


From £23,619 per annum

Contract Type

Full Time - Fixed Term - 12 months, with option to extend for further 6 months

Job category/type

Coastal Engineering

Advert details

We are looking for an energetic, technically minded person, who has experience in coastal processes and has the capability to research problems and come up with innovative solutions.

With funding granted by central government, Canterbury City Council is in a partnership with other maritime district councils, the county council and the Environment Agency to manage and organise the southeast regional coastal monitoring. The work extends from the Isle of Grain round to Eastbourne and includes the monitoring, recording, analysis and long-term prediction of all coastal parameters. The outputs from the project will be the basis for the design of all future coastal defences in the region and are of considerable importance to everyone in the south east in view of rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

Main Duties 

To collect and process topographic data in order to aid management of the beaches along the Medway, Kent and East Sussex coastline to fulfil the aims of the Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. GPS beach survey work will form a large component of the role which will require a willingness to work outside of normal office hours in all weather conditions from time to time.

Analyse raw topographic, hydrodynamic, bathymetric and Lidar data from in-house and external contractors in order to produce quality assured data in a format suitable for local authorities, Environment Agency and consultants.

Maintain scientific records by documenting new data sets, updating databases and assist in the production of scientific reports, ensuring all data is available to local authorities, government agencies, consultants and the public through a website portal. 

Provide survey data and technical assistance to aid the design, funding application, implementation and monitoring of coastal works as required by coastal operating authorities throughout the Southeast of England.


Collate data from multiple authorities and agencies in order to assist with the production of Beach Management Plans, which detail the proposed future management of the coastline, to be used by all coastal engineers.

Essential Requirements

  • Knowledge of coastal processes and data analysis is essential.
  • Knowledge of GPS survey techniques is desirable although training will be provided.
  • Skilled at researching problems and arriving at innovative solutions
  • High degree of IT literacy 
  • Experienced with technical computing software 
  • Experience of report writing 
  • Two years relative experience or the appropriate qualifications (refer to the Job Description).  
  • Full UK driving license 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Hannah Walker at 

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