Forestry Civil Engineer

Closing date: 23 January 2022 | Salary: £30,873.00 | Location: Ceredigion and Powys


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

Job Summary

Job Title

Forestry Civil Engineer

Post Number

200492 & 202602


5, £30,873 rising to £34,218 over four years


Ceredigion and Powys




Integrated Engineering

Reports to

Team leader Integrated Engineering

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 fluent in spoken Welsh

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 Monday to Friday


Application information

Application closing date

23 January 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Via Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed

To apply send your completed application form to  

If you have any queries, contact

Nicholas Thompson

Job Context

The natural resources of Wales provide us with clean air, clean water, food and shelter. They give us all a better quality of life, opportunities to enjoy the outdoors against the backdrop of Wales’ natural beauty and are part of Welsh culture, heritage and language.

At Natural Resources Wales (NRW) we’re passionate about sustainably managing our natural resources and enjoy working in the mountains, woodlands and beautiful landscapes of Wales.

The post holder will join the Integrated Engineering team who design and build the roads and infrastructure in the Welsh Government Woodland Estate to allow the careful management of this valuable resource.

As a Civil Engineer you will develop and deliver a programme for complex infrastructure construction and maintenance including forest roads, bridges, junctions and major tracks in our forest estate.

Applying for this post

The following categories 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



Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrable relevant experience gained in a number of environments or range of roles, with a good grasp and understanding of organisational policy and procedures.
  • Has previous project management/contract management experience in a technical field and able to undertake the full range of tasks associated with managing projects.
  • Able to evidence a good level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • Post holders will typically have experience of supervising others/contractors.
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety and wellbeing as well as public safety and public liability.  

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to understand and interpret technical procedure manuals and statutory codes used whilst undertaking the role. 
  • Able to produce business cases, reports, briefing notes and contracts, which will be signed off by others as part of agreed internal processes.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring objective judgment.
  • Able to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands or work activities.
  • The post holder will be required to make decisions of a technical nature based on the scope of work, with guidance from others if necessary.
  • Objectives and targets will be delivered in accordance with a governance procedure and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • The post holder will be accountable to a Project Executive.
  • Able to apply prior knowledge to resolve problems based on known outcomes, with guidance from the Project Executive if required.
  • Has an understanding that the impact of their decisions will be wider than the immediate function or department and impact the environment and landscape over a long-term.


  • Demonstrates an understanding that their decisions and actions will influence others and that projects undertaken, may affect NRW’s reputation externally and impact members of the public.
  • Has an appreciation that decisions taken will have a lasting influence on the landscape with a short to medium term impact.
  • Able to take responsibility for the overall delivery and output of the range of projects, managed within a governance structure.
  • Health and safety considerations will be a feature of all projects and the impact of any risks will need to be identified and managed by the post holder.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good working relationships and networks to engage the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. 
  • Effective communication and persuasive skills, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings; giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and third parties involved in project delivery, which may involve a degree of influencing.
  • Ability to produce technical documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion; which could have detrimental consequences and financial implications if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Able to source information and data from multiple locations, requiring external research and professional judgment to determine how the information should be interpreted.
  • Confidence to interact with people externally at all levels.
  • Whilst this is an external facing role; the work undertaken will impact externally and internally at a range of levels, depending on the nature of the project.


#TeamNRW Values

  • We are passionate about the natural environment of Wales
  • We care for each other and the people we work with
  • We act with integrity
  • We make a difference now and for the future
  • We are proud to serve the people of Wales​​​​​



Role Description

Job Purpose:

The role is to assist senior colleagues in achieving Natural Resources Wales’ policy and targets in Wales, through the supervision of NRW and contract resources. Assist in the planning of upcoming works required to meet stakeholder’s expectations, and in monitoring construction and budgetary performance of these projects, which are delivered via the NRW civil engineering framework.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Manage the new construction, upgrade & maintenance of network roads and harvesting facilities for the area within the allocated budget.
  • Undertake inspection of roads and footbridges, at specific intervals, ensuring data is forwarded for recording and maintaining records.
  • Undertake regular inspections of quarries and borrow pits in line with current regulations. Ensure all health & safety and environmental standards are being applied and meet current requirements. Report any breaches.
  • Produce concise and persuasive written drafts, identifying the key issues, examining options and proposing a way ahead
  • Plan, prioritise and organise resources to ensure projects are delivered in line with agreed time, cost and quality standards 
  • Make informed decisions but know when to refer upwards for advice.
  • Monitor budget and advise engineer of any potential under or over spend.
  • Undertake EDM or level survey work and setting-out as required.
  • To produce working contract drawings and others as necessary
  • Liaise with statutory authorities and other stakeholders regarding proposed works.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Experience in civil engineering contract management & project planning & understanding of NEC3 form of contract.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of CDM2015 and construction Health, Safety & Environmental risk management.
  3. Knowledge of forest road construction (wet bound macadam) and of working in a rural / upland environment.
  4. Knowledge of concrete and timber bridge construction techniques.
  5. Knowledge of Forest and Water Guidelines (V5) and the European Water Framework Directive.
  6. Knowledge of the Quarry Regulations (1999) and quarry management procedures.
  7. Knowledge of CAD packages such as AutoCAD.
  8. Knowledge of MS Office
  9. Knowledge of Project delivery via framework contracts.
  10. Knowledge and Experience of managing teams/individuals
  11. Knowledge and Experience of managing team/individuals.
  12. Experience of compiling tender documents/drawings.
  13. Member, or working towards membership, of professional body e.g. ICE.

What you will do

You will provide project management expertise to the functions across NRW that are involved in the delivery of construction and other technical projects.

You will project manage a range of projects whose impact and complexity are at a low level and are responsible for overall delivery and output in line with the governance structure.

You will act as project/contract manager and manage or alter priorities in line with work needs.

You will make decisions of a technical nature around your area of work, but which may also cross over with the work of others.

You will produce briefing notes, business cases, reports and contracts etc based on evaluation of information in relation to projects for sign off and review by others.

You will refer to technical procedure manuals and relevant statutory codes in undertaking the work, undertaking analysis and interpreting requirements as necessary.

You will identify and manage health and safety considerations and risks in relation to all projects.

You will produce technical documents containing advice, guidance and opinion that others will use and act upon, undertaking research and applying judgment as required.

You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of specialised equipment provided for the purposes of undertaking the role.

You will have delegated budgetary responsibility, which is likely to be part of a much larger budget and will have responsibility in relation to supply chain/procurement activity.

Who you will be working with

You will not have line management responsibility but will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing the work of others, including colleagues and external third parties, in relation to the projects that you manage.

You will interact with a range of people externally who may hold more senior or managerial roles.

You will facilitate and present at internal and external meetings providing input and advice as required.

You will be exposed to situations where the behaviour of others may be challenging, aggressive or emotional which will need to be managed appropriately.

Where you will be working

Your role will be primarily office based but may entail travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises.

You will also work out in the field which will entail working at different sites and locations, requiring you to take relevant equipment with you.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a degree in a relevant subject, ideally a technical discipline, or have the equivalent level of knowledge.

You will have gained relevant experience in a range of roles or organisations and have developed a good understanding of the technical nature of the function as well as organisational policy and procedures.

You will have previous project management or contract management experience in a technical field and have the full range of skills associated with managing projects.

You will, ideally, have experience of supervising others.

You will have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills.

You will good inter-personal skills and the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships.

You will have previous financial management/budgetary experience or the skills and ability to manage a delegated budget.

You will have a high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety and well-being as well as public safety and public liability.

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

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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