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Specialist Advisor Marine Ecology (Ornithology)

Closing Date : 02/06/2019 | Salary : £33,424.00 | Location : Flexible |

Job Summary

Job Title

Specialist Advisor Marine Ecology (Ornithology)


Evidence, Policy & Permitting

Reports to

Subtidal Ecosystems and Marine Vertebrates Team Leader

Direct reports


Welsh language requirements

Level 1


Flexible (Bangor preferred)

Post number



6 - £33,424.00

Contract type

Fixed term until 31 March 2020

Work pattern

37 hours per week

Working environment



Application information

Application closing date

2 June 2019

Interview to take place on and where

19 June, Bangor

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

  • Kirsten Ramsay


Job Context  

Job Purpose

  • To lead on the provision of marine ecological (predominantly ornithology) technical and specialist advice, especially on the potential impacts of marine renewable energy developments. This will include advising on ecological assessments and writing guidance. You will work with colleagues from other teams in NRW, officials from Government and sector representatives

Where this role sits

  • In the Evidence, Policy & Permitting Directorate within the Subtidal Ecosystems and Marine Vertebrates Team

Applying for Vacancy

The following categories 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.

  • Managing Resources (non-financial and/or financial)
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Qualifications and Skills

What other information is relevant to the job?



Job Title:

Specialist Advisor Marine Ecology (Ornithology)


Evidence, Policy & Permitting


Marine & Coastal Ecosystems



Post Number:




Reports To:

Marine & Coastal Ecosystems Team Leader

Direct Reports:


Welsh Language Requirements:

Level 1

Job Purpose:

To lead on the provision of marine ecological (predominantly ornithology) technical and specialist advice and knowledge to shape and inform Government and NRW decisions, programmes, plans, guidance and strategies, especially on the impacts of marine developments. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will:

  • Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data in relation to marine ornithology, marine ecology and marine development impacts
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, statutory advice and guidance documents. Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working
  • 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
  • Advise on evidence gaps and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme;
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, JNCC and other Environment bodies in the UK; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries
  • Maintain knowledge of marine ornithology, marine ecology and marine development impacts, identifying the implications of policy, legislative, technology and market changes for Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and the sector
  • 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

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to marine and coastal ecosystems and specifically marine ornithology and marine development impacts; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in marine and coastal ecosystems and specifically marine ornithology and marine development impacts and the issues and opportunities in Wales
  • Experience of: technical analysis and interpreting a range of environmental information and data; analysing large data sets;
  • Specialist technical knowledge related to marine ornithology, marine ecology and marine development impacts
  • Working with/in Welsh Government, statutory nature conservation bodies, eNGOs, public bodies and marine sector representative bodies
  • Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and qualifications
  • You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership
  • Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required;

Working Pattern:

FTA End Date: 31 March 2020

37 hours per week

GRP Reference:

GRP B6.2

RD Reference:

RD B6.2




What you will do

  • You will provide specialist advice and input to your team and function that supports the development and implementation of strategy and plans
  • You will undertake practical and technical tasks requiring specialist knowledge and expertise on a range of matters relating to your profession
  • You will analyse and interpret a range of complex information relevant to your specialist area and communicate this to others, contributing to the development of strategy and policy
  • You will be responsible for leading and managing specific areas of work which may include the implementation of plans
  • 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 be build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and provide specialist input and influence on the implementation of policy and strategy
  • 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 may work in situations where individuals become angry and upset and which are challenging emotionally, requiring you to stay calm under pressure when resolving the issues presented
  • You will mentor less experienced colleagues

Where you will be working

  • Your role will be primarily office based but may entail 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 substantial 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/technical knowledge in a range of subjects within your field
  • You will have proven involvement of working in a variety of functions and 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 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

  • 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

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