Conservation Officer

Location: Aberystwyth or LampeterSalary: £31,490-£34,902 | Closing date: 3 July 2022

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: 37 hours

Post number: 200569

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the NRW location stated in this advert, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

This is an officer post within the Environment Team that covers Ceredigion.  Our ‘patch’ is varied and interesting with a plethora of conservation designations, a long coastline and a bunch of challenging WFD waterbodies.

The purpose of our team is to contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources by regulating a range of activities centred around the management of designated conservation sites and a range of water related regulatory activities.

We are a small team with a big workload, much of which derives from our nature conservation duties.  We are looking for an experienced conservation practitioner with good ecology skills and who already has experience of protected site management such as SSSI consenting, management agreement and HRA work.

Conservation is likely to dominate your work load but you may be called on to contribute to other areas within the Environment Team’s remit.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  • Work with a wide range of internal and external customers including permit holders, landowners, businesses, public bodies, recreation groups, volunteers and third sector organisations to enable others to achieve SMNR.
  • Establish, maintain and advise partners to support the development of partnership projects and plans through from concepts to implementation. These projects will deliver outcomes aligned with place priorities.
  • Assess compliance with relevant legislation, permit or consent conditions. Where non-compliance is identified, determine and implement the most appropriate intervention option to ensure a return to compliance as quickly as possible. Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
  • Draft valid consents and assents for operations affecting protected sites. For all work areas produce required advice, investigations, documentation and reports to agreed quality standards to support operational and management decisions, protected site notification, public enquiries, court cases etc so that information, evidence and NRW interests are accurately and effectively presented.
  • Within your area of expertise, provide professional local advice and responses to consultations from planning and permitting teams. Maintain working relationships with these teams through regular liaison.
  • Monitor progress of work, which may include interpretation of data, contractor management, project delivery or compliance with management agreements or statutory legal notices. Identify and support any remedial actions to ensure outcome delivery.
  • Play a role in a resilient NRW Incident Management Service that follows NRW process to ensure effective, timely and safe response to incidents.
  • Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. A good working knowledge of environment management, agriculture, fisheries, conservation or biodiversity, with focused experience in one of these distinct areas of the team remit.
  2. An understanding of how these multi-functional teams can contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources.
  3. Ensure continuing professional and personal development, expertise and competence through formal and informal learning and certification.
  4. Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
  5. The ability to influence, negotiate and gain cooperation of others. Experience of dealing successfully with difficult people/situations is important.
  6. The ability to use specialised IT systems, such as GIS or NRW customised applications.
  7. Able to work well as part of a team.
  8. Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles (cars and vans).

Welsh language requirements: Essential Level 3 or agree to develop language skills to the required language level following an agreed training programme with full NRW support

Competencies

Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  • Experience of supervising others is desirable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
  • Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
  • Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues. 
  • Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • weekly well-being hour to use at your choice

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Application form

Guidance on completing a job application form

Send completed applications forms to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

 

Application closing date: 3 July 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Carol Fielding at Carol.Fielding@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 03000 655211

 

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. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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