Project Support Officer

Closing date: 10 July 2022 | Salary: £31,490 - £34,902 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible - Projects throughout South Wales on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate

Job Summary

Job Title

Project Support Officer

Post Number



£31,490 - £34,902 (Grade 5)


Flexible - Projects throughout South Wales on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate.  




Energy Delivery Team

Reports to

Energy Delivery Team Leader, South

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

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

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

12 Month Fixed Term Appointment

Work pattern



Application Information

Application closing date

10 July 2022

Interview to take place on and where

To be confirmed

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Gordon Baird, Energy Delivery TL

Job Context

This is an exciting opportunity to join an NRW team passionate about responding to the climate and nature emergency whilst serving the communities of Wales.

During a year working within NRW’s Energy Delivery Team, you will join project teams responsible for managing the interface between the development/construction of high profile renewable energy (and other commercial) projects and NRW’s land stewardship responsibilities on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate (WGWE).

The role would suit someone with a technical land management or energy development background who is: excellent at managing complex relationships, confident deputising for the senior project representative, familiar with managing legal agreements and proficient in applying the processes and principles of project management.

The role involves desk and site based work on the WGWE in South Wales ensuring developers have considered the risks to people and environment and have planned the work, safety controls and working methods to ensure works are carried out in a safe, environmentally sustainable and legally compliant manner.   

Applying for this post

Please note, each role has specific competencies to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview.  Please answer the competencies listed below when completing your application form.

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

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to undertake a range of practical or technical tasks, requiring specialist knowledge.  Post holders will have gained experience in different environments, which could be within NRW or partnering organisations.
  • Post holders will have relevant experience in a land based or science discipline. They will have good communication, decision making, analytical, negotiation, influencing and customer care skills.
  • Post holders may be required to have a higher level of knowledge in a particular functional area within the team.
  • Post holders will have the ability to look wider than the direct team, to other areas of the business, to improve the service being provided to customers.

Evaluation of Information

  • Able to create a range of business documents, by gathering, interpreting and analysing information from various sources. They will be able to review external information and data, with original thinking.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Able to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity, and alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Ability to resolve problems and make decisions. Solutions may be varied, requiring some degree of investigation and analysis before coming to a conclusion. There will be a limited range of options.
  • Post holders are responsible for grant fund administration.


  • The post holder will have moderate effect, with a short to medium impact on the business. The consequences of making incorrect decisions/actions, will be modest and need to be addressed to avoid longer term impact.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Post holders will work across a range of functions, both internally and externally, with communities and other organisations.
  • Ability to develop and sustain good working relationships and networks. Relationships will be on-going and will involve a degree of influencing and negotiation to underpin effective decision making.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders will be responsible for the safe use and operation of equipment and data used in order to fulfil their role.
  • Although are unlikely to be a budget holder, they may need to process or check financial information.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

The post holder will provide project management support to Project Managers on large complex projects and Project Manage directly smaller, lower risk projects under the supervision of Project Managers.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Take the lead on delivery of project products. This may involve managing external supply contracts, reviewing, analysing and interpreting complex data and presenting information to team colleagues.
  • Under the supervision of Project Managers, manage smaller, less complex projects using PRINCE 2 Lite approach.
  • Engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders in the delivery of project products.
  • Support project managers in the delivery of all Project management responsibilities and deputise when required.
  • Conduct site observations and surveying of active sites – provide quality assurance for lease/contract compliance and monitoring of Health and Safety and Pollution Incidents.
  • Obtain internal and external specialist advice from Suppliers including environmental, legal, and engineering experts by providing clear and effective instructions.
  • Provide specialist technical advice to PMs in a relevant discipline as required. (subject to levels of relevant expertise)
  • Use the PRINCE2 Lite toolkit to manage all risks and issues associated with the Projects.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Ability to deliver products within strict project timelines. (Essential)
  2. Experience of energy development and/or development in a forest environment. (Desirable)
  3. Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. (Essential)
  4. Willingness to support projects in other parts of Wales as required. (Essential)


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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