Environment & Social Specialist Advisor
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: 37 hours
Post number: 201715
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 a NRW office within the place base, 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 post holder will provide direct advice and guidance on environmental, recreational and heritage (ERH) matters to Programme, Project Managers and Developers to facilitate the development of complex, commercial energy projects on the NRW Managed Estate. They will be a technical specialist supplier leading on providing advice and guidance across the Programme and Projects, as well as leading on selected lower risk commercial Projects.
Your responsibilities include:
- Review, analyse and interpret complex information and provide timely advice on ERH (e.g. Habitat Management & Access Management Plans) issues supported by relevant written reports.
- Undertake research and provide advice for colleagues to act upon energy project Environmental Statements ensuring ERH constraints are considered and managed appropriately.
- Undertake site-based monitoring communicating regularly with Developers and identify risks and issues to ensure appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
- Contribute to NRW technical/strategic groups ensuring that policy and delivery are consistent and appropriate.
- Share good ERH practice with Developers ensuring that statutory consultee is informed and understands the reasoning behind advice.
- Influence the work of others through representation at team and Developer events and build and maintain relationships and lines of communication.
- Ensure environmental planning conditions placed on Developers are completed to an acceptable standard to protect the Minister’s interest.
- Ensure Habitat Management and Access Management Plan work programmes are managed and delivered minimising risk to NRW and potential legacy outcomes.
- Act as contract manager on supply contracts.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Degree in environmental science or related subject and/or relevant experience of managing environmental issues on a construction site. (Essential)
- Ability to negotiate and influence effectively internally and externally to deliver ERH management. (Essential)
- Good understanding/experience of Welsh planning system at local and NSIP level. (Essential)
- Good understanding/experience of environmental issues, climate change and sustainable development issues that impact on NRW Managed Estate. (Essential)
- Good written and spoken communication skills. (Essential)
- PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner level or willingness to achieve the qualification. (Desirable)
- Good IT skills particularly Word, Excel, GIS. (Desirable)
- Good interpersonal skills, team working skills and the ability to deal appropriately with people of all levels. (Desirable)
- Ability to be self-motivated and lone work. (Desirable)
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
Send completed applications forms to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
Application closing date: 10 July 2022
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Nathalie Beaurain at Nathalie.Beaurain@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 03000 654631
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.