Specialist Environmental Assessment and Landscape Architecture Advisor
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours. Part time, annualised hours, compressed hours or term time working considered - discussions at interview stage welcome.
Post number: 201371
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 nearest NRW office to your home, 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.
We are seeking a specialist in landscape architecture and environmental assessment to join our Environmental Assessment Team. You will be working on a wide range of NRW projects and strategies, including metal mine remediation, flood risk management, habitat restoration, fish pass as well as exploring opportunities to tackle the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies. We are involved from the inception of a project right through to delivery on the ground. We are able to explore innovation and best practice such as Natural Flood Risk Management, carbon capture and coastal adaptation. Using environmental impact assessment (EIA), you will identify risks and opportunities that need to be considered in the appraisal, design and delivery of projects.
You will also support the Environmental Assessment Team by providing landscape advice and input across our work programme. You will be responsible for the management and delivery of landscape implementation and maintenance contracts associated with our capital projects. This will require collaboration across multiple disciplines, including civil engineers, land agents, project managers, foresters, ecologists, archaeologists, recreation managers and procurement specialists.
The spread of new plant pests and diseases is currently a very challenging issue and one that NRW hold specific responsibilities for. You will liaise with the dedicated plant health specialists to reduce the risk of spreading pests and diseases through our own construction work and projects.
Your responsibilities will include to:
- Prepare technical assessments on environment and landscape architecture, making complex determinations and decision making in order to influence the development and design of your portfolio of projects and plans, all in accordance with NRW policies and procedures.
- Assist the Team Leader in the development of environmental assessment guidance for NRW staff and for sectors/partners; lead on the production of landscape design guidance.
- Liaise with external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
- Represent the Environmental Assessment team on relevant internal technical groups, and internal/external stakeholder and sector meetings.
- Commission and manage specialist consultants to undertake assessments and surveys within agreed cost, time and quality thresholds.
- Write, procure and manage contracts to deliver landscape work and maintenance on capital projects. Manage contractors on site.
- Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, JNCC and other Environment bodies in the UK; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.
- Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to SEA, EIA, Town and Country Planning, Habitats Regulations Assessment; WFD. Contract Law and Health and Safety in relation to landscape; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in SMNR, EIA, SEA and SA; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Competent expert as defined in the EIA Regulations, Chartered Landscape Architect under the Landscape Institute.
- Experience of: Working at a national, UK and international level managing a portfolio of projects and plans related to environmental assessment.
- Experience in planning, landscape and visual impact assessment and writing and managing JCLI contracts.
- Working in environmental assessment at an operational and strategic level across the technical discipline.
- You will be a chartered Landscape Architect or working towards this, and regarded as a competent expert as defined in the EIA Regulations.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.
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.
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 as you choose
- Competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date: 12 February 2023
Interviews will take place on: 1 March 2023 through Microsoft Teams
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Vicky Schlottmann at Victoria.email@example.com or 07767481367
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