Specialist Environment & Social Advisor

Closing date: 26 January 2022 | Salary: £35,288 | Location: North Wales


Despite the current situation with regards COVID19 -  recruitment is still progressing and interviews will be undertaken by Microsoft Teams

Job Summary

Job Title

Specialist Environment & Social Advisor

Post Number



6, £35,288 rising to £38,597 over three years


North Wales


Communications, Customer and Commercial


Commercial - Business Development

Reports to

Team Leader - Programme Development & Governance

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


Work pattern

37 hours


Application information

Application closing date

26 January 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Via Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed

To apply send your completed application form to


If you have any queries, contact

Nathalie Beaurain


Job Context

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.

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


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • As a subject matter expert significant experience, they will encourage sustainable use of the external natural environment. They will be able to undertake a higher level of stakeholder or technical tasks requiring specialist knowledge, expertise.
  • The post holder will provide objective advice to others and external organisations, based on knowledge and experience. They will keep up to date on changes within their technical, specialist fields e.g. stakeholder working, partnerships, recreation & access, education & skills. Experience will have been gained from working in a number of different organisations or in different roles or functions within a single organisation.
  • Post holders will demonstrate good communication and mentoring skills and will maintain an awareness of the wider agenda and business environment as it relates to SMNR and wellbeing plans.
  • The post holder will have Influencing skills and diplomacy in sharing NRWs approach to NRM and the Wellbeing Agenda with external audiences.

Evaluation of Information

  • Interprets the function’s operational delivery plans and understands its context in the wider NRW strategy, related to SMNR and wellbeing plans.
  • Able to analyse and interpret a range of complex information relating to their field of expertise, e.g. landscape, recreation & access, education & skills, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals. This may include providing specialist advice to less experienced colleagues.
  • Able to map information and understand habitats and common land. The post holder will be able to appraise open access land for the purposes of statutory open access mapping.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Work is guided by expected results, but the post holder is able to decide how best to achieve these.  Guidance may be provided by peers but there will likely be need for some degree of judgment or creativity. They will need to be able to alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands. Objectives and targets etc will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • Responsible for making independent, management level decisions with input from line management and peers.  They will have an understanding of NRW policy and their potential implications for the business. Post holders will be involved in the development of organisation policy and will have a level of autonomy in the implementation of organisational policy.
  • Decisions may lead to changes in established procedure/practice within the post holder’s area of work. The consequence of making wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes of some decisions may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.


  • Post holders have a moderate level of impact and influence, of medium term.  The focus of work is external, so that the impact carries more weight and risk in terms of NRW’s profile and remit.
  • The post holder's decisions and actions will influence others. They will act as a point of contact providing specialist advice to more junior colleagues.
  • The consequences of decision making/actions will have a medium impact internally or externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to engage across the business, delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way.
  • Post holders will frequently liaise with external organisations, attending multi agency forums e.g. Local Access Forums, RDP, PSB support.  They will act as a point of contact for specialist advice for more junior colleagues.
  • The post holder will have good verbal and written communication with persuasive skills. They may need facilitate or present at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required.  They will need to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Post holders will produce less complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Documentation will contain a lower level of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use. This is likely to have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted. Able to source information from multiple locations through research and apply professional judgment as to how the material should be interpreted; the impact of which is likely to be medium term in nature.


#TeamNRW Values

  • We are passionate about the natural environment of Wales
  • We care for each other and the people we work with
  • We act with integrity
  • We make a difference now and for the future
  • We are proud to serve the people of Wales​​​​​


Role Description

Job Purpose:

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

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • 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.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Degree in environmental science or related subject and/or relevant experience of managing environmental issues on a construction site. (Essential)
  2. Ability to negotiate and influence effectively internally and externally to deliver ERH management. (Essential)
  3. Good understanding/experience of Welsh planning system at local and NSIP level. (Essential)
  4. Good understanding/experience of environmental issues, climate change and sustainable development issues that impact on NRW Managed Estate. (Essential)
  5. Good written and spoken communication skills. (Essential)
  6. PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner level or willingness to achieve the qualification. (Desirable)
  7. Good IT skills particularly Word, Excel, GIS. (Desirable)
  8. Good interpersonal skills, team working skills and the ability to deal appropriately with people of all levels. (Desirable)
  9. Ability to be self-motivated and lone work. (Desirable)

What you will do

You will act as a subject matter expert to encourage the sustainable use of the natural environment and promote the understanding and use of NRW external services and facilities.

You will undertake work requiring specialist knowledge and expertise in your field.

You will analyse and interpret a range of complex information relevant to your specialist area, extracting key points and communicating this to others.

You will be involved with appraisals of open access land for the purposes of statutory open access mapping and will evaluate mapped information.

You will provide specialist advice to others, both colleagues and to external organisations.

You will undertake research as required and produce documents that provide advice, guidance or opinion which others will use and act upon.

You will be involved in the development of organisational strategy and policy and will have some autonomy in relation to implementation of organisational policy.

You will influence the work of others through your actions and decision making, the impact of which will be both internal and external.

You will be responsible for a budget, which will be a delegated part of a larger budget managed by a more senior employee.

You will review the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of good and services.

Who you will be working with

You will collaborate with people across the organisation engaging with key stakeholders for the efficient delivery of policy and work plans.

You will liaise with external organisations and attend multi agency forums acting as a point of contact for specialist advice for more junior colleagues.

You will facilitate and deliver presentations for internal and external meetings, providing advice, as required.

You will work with other specialist/technical staff and will lead them through specialist/technical programmes of work, through a matrix management approach.

You will mentor less experienced colleagues.

Where you will be working

Your role will entail major upland fieldwork in remote locations to undertake access to open country casework with considerable outside working in relation to these activities.

You may encounter, through external work activity, situations or behaviour that is challenging, emotional or aggressive which will require careful managing.

You will also work and travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a recognised qualification, degree or equivalent experience.

You will have significant experience working in the field relevant to your role with experience across a range of roles or in different roles within an organisation.

You will have specialist knowledge and expertise enabling you to provide clear objective advice to others on related issues, who may be internal colleagues or external organisations.

You will be able to evidence continuing professional development and that you remain up to date with developments in your technical or specialist field.

You will have good inter-personal skills and able to develop and maintain good relationships and networks.

You will have good communication, influencing and diplomacy skills and have the ability to act as a mentor to others.

You will have analytical skills enabling you to analyse and interpret a range of complex information in relation to your specific area of specialism.

You will have the skills to manage your workload and prioritise tasks in relation to conflicting objectives and targets.

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

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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