Assistant Marine Environmental Assessment Officer

Closing date: 31 May 2022 | Salary: £23,926 | Location: Flexible in South Wales

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

Job Summary

Job Title

Assistant Marine Environmental Assessment Officer

Post Number



3, £23,926 rising to £26,677 over 3 years


Flexible in South Wales




Marine Monitoring, Assessment & Reporting Team

Reports to

Team Leader – Marine Monitoring, Assessment & Reporting Team

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

Full Time, 37hrs/week


Application information

Application closing date

31 May 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Week beginning 13 June 2022 via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Job Context

Help contribute to the delivery of NRW’s marine monitoring programme through the application of your marine ecological knowledge and your monitoring and analytical skills.

Forming part of the Marine Monitoring, Assessment & Reporting Team (MMART) in NRW’s new Marine Service, you will provide support to all aspects of our field and desk-based operations.

Specifically, you will:

  • Support field operations on the shore or at sea, gathering information on the state of our marine environment,
  • Support the management of our monitoring data through the use of data management systems, helping to deliver analyses, reporting, and the interpretation of marine data,
  • Help maintain the equipment and documentation that supports our operations.
  • Support our investigations into the reasons for failures of environmental standards,
  • Provide, as required, technical and field support for other work areas within the marine monitoring programme.

As a component of MMART, and depending on your field skills and experience, you may be expected to provide technical and field support for work areas within the marine monitoring programme, such as diving, drop down video, sidescan sonar, sediment and water quality sampling, intertidal monitoring and marine mammal surveys.

In order to deliver your work programme you will need to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other staff who can provide specialist advice in support of your work.

Other information relevant to the job:

The post is largely office based but, depending on your skills and experience, some outdoor working with unsociable hours should be expected. As the post covers the whole of Welsh inshore waters it may involve significant travel.

Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

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 and Autonomy Requirements
  • Communication and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills





  • The post holder will experience, knowledge and skills from working in previous organisations, with a good grasp and understanding of administrative and organisational principles, procedures and policy.
  • The role will require good numeracy, literacy, IT and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • The post holder will have a high level of understanding of NRW. They will have some specific technical knowledge of the work, developed in previous environments, which will be enhanced and developed through the  role.
  • The post holder will have excellent knowledge of business systems that support their area, including national databases.

Evaluation of Information




  • The post holder will deal with day to day documentation, emails, correspondence, schedules, recording events, etc, seeking or giving information. Non complex information will be gathered from multiple sources, without the need for any detailed research.
  • The post holder will be able to use business systems and national databases, and able to use and manipulative such systems in order to provide information that others will use.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements




  • Post holders will make decisions from established alternatives or through prior knowledge, known outcomes and solutions.
  • Post holders will be able to work independently, organise and deliver their own work plan in line with agreed parameters and guidance, whilst adhering to policies and procedures.
  • The post holder will be guided by clearly defined objectives. Work will be routine in nature, with some initiative required.

Communication and Relationships with Others




  • The post holder will have good communication skills with the ability to adapt style and content. Relationships will be with internal and external parties.
  • Communication will include giving and sharing information, dealing with standard work related queries.

Responsibility for Resources




  • Post holders will be responsible for the safe use and operation of equipment supplied with, in order to fulfil their role.
  • Ability to process financial information or records with a low level budgetary responsibility.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

The post holder will provide technical support to a multidisciplinary team that undertakes marine environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting.

Key Job Accountabilities:

You will:

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to help deliver NRW’s marine monitoring programme.
  • Assist in field work.
  • Undertake collation, input and analysis of monitoring data.
  • Maintain specialist sampling equipment.
  • Support responses to data requests
  • Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have:

  1. Previous experience in an environmental monitoring or survey, (preferably marine) type role.
  2. Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
  3. Ability to work well as part of a team.
  4. A current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles (cars and vans).
  5. IT competencies; MS Office and database experience

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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