Senior Fisheries Officer

Closing Date: 17 January 2021 | Location: Flexible within South East Wales| Salary:£35,288|


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

Job Summary

Job Title

Senior Fisheries Officer

Post Number



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


Flexible within South East Wales




Monmouthshire and Torfaen Environment

Reports to

Monmouthshire and Torfaen Environment Team Leader

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

Fixed term until 31 December 2021

Work pattern

Full time, 37 hours


Application information

Application closing date

17 January 2021

Interview to take place on and where

Via Skype or Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Job context

Do you want to make a long-term difference to the environment of South East Wales?  Are you passionate about tackling the nature emergency and in particular protecting and restoring our fish populations?

The latest salmon and sea trout stock assessments are driving the need to renew/replace current rod fishing byelaws for the Wye and Usk catchments, both of which expire in December 2021. 

In this role you will lead, coordinate and be a key part of a virtual technical team comprising of operational and policy members.  It’s an exciting opportunity to deliver a priority and high profile piece of work that will include the following: -

  • Technical case development;
  • Informal stakeholder liaison;
  • Options review;
  • Technical case completion;
  • Statutory advertisement and statutory consultation;
  • Addressing all representations;
  • Application to Welsh Government (plus liaison with the Environment Agency);
  • Determination process;
  • Completion, publicising and implementation.

This critical activity is identified in our strategic and local business plans and is integral to the local delivery of the Salmon and sea trout plan of action for Wales 2020.

The successful candidate will also provide a wider technical fisheries advice and support role within South East Operations and lead our engagement with Local Fisheries Groups.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, driven and adaptable person with a good technical knowledge of fisheries to join our Environment Team as a Senior Officer. 

If you can help us make a difference then apply now!

Applying for this post

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.

  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills


Role Description

Job Purpose:

The post holder will lead on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Wellbeing in the place by co-producing the Area Statement, integrating functional planning and enabling implementation through outward funding for the place across the functions of NRW. 

Work closely with the Team Leader, Cynefin, Land management and external stakeholders to maximise opportunities for co-delivering Area Statement and PSB objectives.  Monitor progress, identify risks, review and report achievement.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Lead for the place on one or more aspects of the team’s remit: Area Statement, wellbeing, PSB coordination, outward funding, conservation and designated sites planning, recreation & access, fisheries, water, providing technical expertise and advice to the team and Head of Place.
  • Mentor others in the team to broaden their understanding of your specialism so the team develops a multidisciplinary understanding of environmental issues.
  • Work with the team to develop innovative solutions to environmental issues, integrating multiple aspects of planning within the place. Identify gaps in the evidence base and work with EPP to prioritise and commission research.
  • Facilitate join-up of PSB objectives with Area Statements and the place plan, working across boundaries as appropriate.
  • Work co-productively with teams in the place and external stakeholders providing technical expertise to influence and develop priorities, projects and plans for delivery by others including through outward funding.
  • Develop and monitor the programme of outward funded projects across all funding opportunities.
  • Work with teams in the place to develop their skills in partnership working.
  • Work with stakeholders and partners to influence and develop priorities, objectives, plans and projects within the place that will deliver the Area Statement and PSB objectives such as water company plans, Active Travel Plans, Designated landscape management plans.
  • Network with other People & Places teams across Wales providing an agreed service level of technical knowledge and input to other teams.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Excellent skills in engagement, influencing, developing innovative approaches to complex problems.
  2. Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners. 
  3. Significant knowledge of the requirements of environmental legislation relating to the place remit.
  4. You will have specialist knowledge of one or more technical areas of the team’s remit:
  5. Area Statement development.
  6. Public Service Boards & Wellbeing planning.
  7. Outward funding & Partnership working.
  8. Recreation & Access.
  9. Fisheries strategic planning.
  10. Conservation of Protected sites & landscapes, National Nature Reserves planning.
  11. Air quality impact assessment.
  12. Water resource management.
  13. WFD & catchment planning.
  14. Flood risk management.
  15. Ability to assess multiple, complex, sources of information and engage others in making good decisions.  
  16. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus.
  17. Experience of negotiating with senior managers.
  18. Experience of influencing at senior level of organisations. 
  19. Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners. 
  20. Excellent organisational skills.

What you will do

You will provide specialist expertise to the functions across NRW which are involved in the provision of services of a technical or specialist operational nature to internal and external customers including regulation and environmental monitoring (including NRM).

You will act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small sector and work in an advisory capacity and your input will have an impact both internally and externally, and you will influence at an operational level.

You will make decisions and take action that will influence others and there will be a reliance on your input.

You will lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams and will be responsible for the success and delivery of the project.

You will deliver significant programmes of work.

You will analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to others, at all levels.

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

You will interpret developments in your area of expertise and contribute to business planning and the design and delivery of work programmes.

You will be responsible for a small budget for the delivery of a specific project and will have responsibility for checking the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of good and services.

Who you will be working with

You will interact with colleagues across the organisation, collaborating with others to provide the efficient delivery of policies and work plans, and draw upon their skills to support the achievement of objectives.

You will communicate with others both internally and externally at an operational level in an advisory or functional specialist capacity.

You will have operational responsibility for leading specialist/technical staff through non-complex technical/ specialist programmes through a matrix management structure.

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

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 knowledge.

You will have substantial experience working in the relevant field and the ability to manage projects, project budgets and teams.

You will have specialist knowledge and will be an expert in a range of subjects relating to your area of specialism enabling you to work as a local expert.

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 wide range of complex information.

You will have good communication skills enabling you to give technical and specialist advice to others.

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

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