Environmental Assessment Officer
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: 37 hours per week.
Post number: 201009
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.
The Programme Manager role is varied, interesting, and fast-paced. As a key member of the Environmental Assessment and Advice team, you will be responsible for the day to day running of several monitoring programmes including water quality, electro-fishing, ecology, bathing waters, groundwaters and EQSD. You will proactively monitor their progress, resolve issues, and initiate appropriate corrective action.
You will be lead contact for the Data Collection Officers (DCOs), scheduling their work and ensuring it is completed on time. Communication with DCOs will be key to coordinating the work and ensuring programmes are completed to time, and to the required standards
You will liaise with other departments to ensure the monitoring programmes are accurate and run smoothly
You will be part of an all-Wales EAAT virtual group helping to write procedures resolve problems and develop ways of working
You will work closely with the lab ensuring the DCO are following correct procedures and ensuring any updates are relayed to them.
You will have a good understanding of H&S issues within the team
You will have excellent knowledge of Excel and experience in using various spreadsheets and data bases. (Starlims, Kiqwim, GIS)
You will contribute to the development an ongoing implementation of the NRW Quality Management System (QMS), relating to the above monitoring programmes.
- Undertake ad hoc and routine system administration, data quality assurance, analysis and reporting.
- Provide specialist, monitoring technical advice and guidance to internal and external customers, from a range of sources; helping ensure that decisions are based on sound technical judgement, in line with current legislation and best practice. Produce technical reports analysing and interpreting national and local datasets for operational work, public enquiries, court appeals etc.
- Help ensure that NRW’s monitoring data is collected and stored to the quality standards prescribed by European and UK legislation and by NRW policy.
- Assist Senior EAO and TL in planning, scheduling and tracking the annual survey and monitoring programmes, with regards to sampling activities.
- Advise on specialist non-routine monitoring/survey work and the analysis of data including input on delivery of operational measures.
- Contribute to delivery of survey and monitoring programmes.
- Guide, advise and support internal and external customers, ensuring decisions are made on sound technical data and information.
- Help resolve local issues by providing scientific and technical advice/interpretation of monitoring data.
- Assist in the development, implementation of new monitoring and reporting methods, including collaboration with partner organisations at a local level.
- Respond to requests for information relating to monitoring data, within specified deadlines.
- Maintain and procure specialist sampling equipment.
- Required to take part in incident response activities
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will have:
- Experience of analysing samples, field-based monitoring/surveillance, interpreting and reporting on environmental data and practical knowledge of a wide range of monitoring activities and methodologies.
- Expertise in terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, water quality fisheries or earth science.
- Excellent report writing skills and knowledge of relevant legislation.
- Experience of monitoring data management systems, as well as practical understanding of technical monitoring solutions and practices.
- Good analytical skills including statistics, and knowledge of data handling including GIS.
- An excellent communicator with good organisational skills.
- Ability to undertake fieldwork in sometimes physically demanding environments.
Welsh language requirements:
Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases
Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement 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.
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
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
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
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Application closing date 10 February 2023
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Susan Phillips at Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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