Environment Officer

Closing date: 26 June 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 | Location: Flexible within Mid Wales

 

Job Summary

Job Title

Environment Officer

Post Number

200579

Grade

5, £31,490 rising to £34,902 over four years

Location

Flexible within Mid Wales

Directorate

Ops Mid

Team

North Powys Environment team

Reports to

David Lee, Environment Team Leader

Direct Reports

None

Welsh Language requirements

Essential: Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable: Level 4 – fluent in spoken Welsh

Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements Level 1 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

Permanent.

Work pattern

Full time 37 hours per week.

 

Application information

Application closing date

26 June 2022

Interview to take place on and where

19 July 2022

To apply send your completed application form to

ceisiadau@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

If you have any queries, contact

david.lee@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Job Context

This job helps to develop and sustain natural heritage across North Powys so that everyone can enjoy it and benefit from it.  You will do this by working with partners, often in conflicting situations, to conserve wildlife and landscape, by managing designated sites, responding to consultations with expert local advice, and providing other professional advice relating to important habitats and protected species, often as part of a legal process.

We are a small team with a big workload and a plethora of sites with various conservation designations. 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.

You need to be tenacious, persistent and able to build good working relationships from Day 1.

Other information relevant to the job:

We operate a flexi time system with core hours. 

Good demonstrable knowledge of key plant species.

Good knowledge of designated sites legislation and its use.

Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities (ONLY FOR ROLES WITH EXACT OR STRONG MATCH)

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
  • Decision Making and Autonomy
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Evaluation of Information

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Competencies

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.

 

Role Description

Job Purpose:

  • Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) – our Organisations’ purpose - lies at the heart of everything we do. Everyone in NRW has a role to play in achieving SMNR and within that NRW’s role in ensuring ecosystems resilience underpins wider wellbeing in Wales.
  • The post holder will play a defined role to achieve sustainable management of natural resources SMNR through the delivery of the multi-functional team remit at place. Post holders will contribute specific technical expertise to the team in at least one of the following areas of work:
  • Environment Management work including incident management, regulation and compliance linked to Water Resources, Land or Water Quality. Implementation of regulatory and supporting partnership solutions and projects that deliver environmental outcomes on the ground, including Water Framework Directive.
  • Protected Sites Management. Direct regulation through assenting and consenting of activities, and securing effective pro-active management through advice, guidance and developing management agreements and partnerships.
  • Delivering either NRWs Biodiversity or Fisheries remit, strategy and priorities through provision of internal advice to other teams, functions or Directorates, as well as direct or partnership delivery of projects and mitigation schemes that protect or improve the environment.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • 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.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  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).

 

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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