Land Management and Forest Operations Team Leader, North East Wales

Closing date: 25 May 2022 | Salary: £39,700 - £44,522 | Location: North East Wales - Flexible

Despite the current situation regards COVID19 - recruitment is still progressing and interviews will be undertaken by Microsoft Teams.

Job Summary

Job Title

Land Management and Forest Operations Team Leader, North East Wales

Post Number



7, £39,700 rising to £44,522 over three years


North East Wales - Flexible




Land Management and Forest Operations

Reports to

Paula Harley, Operations Manager

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

Essential Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable Level 3, able to pronounce Welsh in some work situations

Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Contract type


Work pattern

37 Hours


Application information

Application closing date

25 May 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Date to be confirmed, via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Paula Harley

Job Context

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the only combined Land Management and Forest Operations team of its kind in Wales, responsible for delivering a wide range of SMNR benefits across over 12,000ha of land in North East Wales including Clocaenog Forest, Y Berwyn National Nature Reserve and high recreation sites within the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.

As the Leader of a busy dynamic team, you will, amongst other duties, be expected to organise the delivery of a Forest operations programme and deliver high standards of land management across the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and NNR’s in North East Wales.

The role requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage many different aspects such as Wellbeing, Health and safety and a delegated income and expenditure budget.

In order to carry out this role, you will be an excellent communicator and have the ability to work closely with our customers, partners and many stakeholders to ensure the embedding of SMNR and delivery of Wellbeing outcomes in a diverse area of Wales. 

Other information relevant to the job:

Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities 

Applying for this post

The following competencies will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for People
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to undertake a range of advanced skilled work, involving significant technical tasks/ specialist knowledge in a defined discipline.
  • Ability to manage significant processes requiring previous experience in managing people/other projects/resources.
  • Demonstrable significant and relevant experience in their specific field of work, with in-depth knowledge of their specialist area.
  • Expert in their field, maintained by regularly updating their level of knowledge, with an understanding of the functions of the wider team.
  • Able to demonstrate a combination of both technical and people management skills with expertise in the development of strategy and policy related to their field.  Skills will also include resourcing, third party negotiations and contract management.
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety, and wellbeing as well as public safety and public liability.
  • Experience of responding to and managing incidents will be probable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy.
  • Able to interpret developments in their own area of expertise, contributing to the development of strategy and policy.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels. 

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve expected results, requiring some degree of judgment or creativity, with guidance from peers.
  • Ability to make appropriate decisions regarding the management of incidents and alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands.
  • Able to make independent decisions at an operational management level, based on input from line management and peers; an understanding of national and NRW policy; the range of options available; and their potential implications for the business.
  • Expected to contribute to the strategy and plans for the function, in conjunction with senior management.
  • Has an appreciation that their decisions may lead to changes in established procedures/practices for dealing with issues within their area of work, and/or the consequence of taking wrong decisions, which may have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders/ partner organisations/lenders/service users etc. 
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters the outcome and impact of which may not always be clear or apparent, and likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and medium term in nature.
  • Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.


  • Demonstrates an appreciation that their work will have a moderate level of impact and influence and will generally be medium term in nature.
  • Has an understanding that their decisions and actions will influence others and their actions will have a medium to long term impact internally or externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Able to interact and link with other roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way.
  • Ability to communicate and develop relationships with Assembly Members, MPs and local authorities, for example.
  • Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Able to discuss policy issues, which may be technical, specialist or detailed, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience.
  • Possesses effective written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to lead key projects, which have a degree of complexity and require effective persuasive skills.
  • Able to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, giving input and advice – including around legislative changes - and steer the direction of discussion or activity.
  • Ability to produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon/use and which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted. 
  • Ability to source data/content from multiple locations or sources, entailing external research and some professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.
  • May have responsibility for financial and/or risk reporting.

Responsibility for People

  • Responsibility for managing and developing a range of teams and functions which may be both large and complex; and will typically have other managers or team leaders reporting to them, who themselves, have line management responsibility.
  • This will include delivery of teamwork plans, staff development, staff performance and the wellbeing and health and safety of those within their span of control.
  • Fully accountable for the people directly reporting to them and for ensuring compliance with all organisational policies and procedures.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Ability to take responsibility for contributing to managing budgets and/or for being accountable for expenditure, in accordance with internal procedures.
  • The level of financial responsibility will be a delegated part of a much larger budget managed by a more senior employee.
  • Post holders may also have responsibility for financial tracking and reporting.
  • Post holders will be responsible for the safe and legal use of equipment and data that they use to fulfil the requirements of the role.


Role Description

Job Purpose

Lead the team in delivering legally compliant, sustainable, integrated management of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and National Nature Reserves, maximising their contribution to social, economic, and environmental benefit.

To provide senior specialist and technical knowledge within their field and lead and develop at least one of the 3 land management teams. (dependant on the scale of geographic programme)

Forest operations, including operational delivery of harvest and restock programmes, including all aspects of legal liability and industry standards, related to forest certification schemes relevant to the operational aspects of delivery.

Land management, including all aspects of legal liability compliance, technical, specialist and non-specialist services of an operational nature in the management of NRW’s land and assets, including conservation of designated sites, and recreation assets.

Forest Planning, including all aspects of legal liability and industry standards related to forest certification schemes, compliance, data management and commercial forest programming.

Ensuring effective and efficient planning and implementation of programmes, by setting the annual tactical programmes to meet the Directorate Delivery Plan targets and guide our approach to SMNR and delivering Well-being outcomes.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Be responsible for land management and Forestry Operation decisions and operational delivery at a place level, ensuring adherence to the industry standards to adhere to all relevant legislation and certification schemes.
  • Develop and implement local work plans to deliver our programmes and legal liability compliance.
  • Lead and develop staff and plan, monitor and manage resources to deliver workplan to budget and timescale.
  • Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of team members by implementing and monitoring safe working practices and risk assessments.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to enhance risk-based decision making.
  • Have budgetary control of team spending.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Professional membership (required, or to be attained within an agreed and reasonable timescale). Typically, MICEEM, MICFor, or MRICS.
  2. Experience of line management.
  3. Experience of a relevant scientific or technical subject to at least one of the programmes and staff group managed.
  4. Coaching and mentoring skills.
  5. Experience of community liaison and public engagement activities.
  6. Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  7. Extensive knowledge and experience of at least one of the following: conservation scientific subjects, land management, forest practise and forest operations.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing.

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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