Regulatory Woodland Officer

Closing date: 13 December 2021 | Salary: £30,873.00 | 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

Regulatory Woodland Officer

Post Number



5, £30,873 rising to £34,218 over three years


North Wales


Operations (Mid)


Forest Regulations and Tree Health Team

Reports to

Nick Fackrell - Senior Officer, Forest Regulation and Tree Plant Health

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

Essential Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable Level 4, fluent in spoken Welsh

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 (37 hours)


Application information

Application closing date

13 December 2021

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

Nick Fackrell  

Job Context

Forestry has never been a higher priority with increased focus on woodland creation, management of forests for multiple benefits.

Are you an experienced in woodland management and have a good understanding of forestry legislation? Are you a good communicator with a drive and passion? Then we’ve got the job for you!

As the Regulatory Woodland Officer for Mid Wales, you'll be responsible for assessing EIA screening for new planting and felling permissions against UK Forest Standard, or investigating offences under the Forestry Act. You must be a good organiser and able to prioritise work.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic forestry professional with either good working experience in forestry or with a relevant qualification.

If this sounds like you – speak to us or simply apply now!

Forest Regulations and Tree Health team are a once for Wales team, embedded in the Mid Wales Operations Team. The remit of the team is to support the forestry sector through regulation in-line “SMNR Principles” and the UK Forest Standards. The post holder will work within a team of 13 across Wales.

The role of this post is to act as the lead for all Forestry regulatory issues under Forestry Act 1967 and Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 within North or South Wales. The main areas of work are: a) to lead on investigating illegal forestry activities within your geographical area, b) provide technical advice to the permitting team on Felling Licences and EIA opinions requests and c) manage compliance monitoring and subsequent enforcement actions under forestry regulations. The post will also support the tree health remit of the team through occasional inspections and issuing of Statutory Notices.

Other information relevant to the job

Full UK Driving Licence required

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

  • Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  • Experience of supervising others is desirable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
  • Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
  • Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues.
  • Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.


  • The work undertaken is generally within a discrete area, so will primarily affect the direct environment, but may also extend across other subject and work areas.
  • Aspects of the work may also have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on third parties and a wider area.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.


#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 be responsible for either regulatory woodland, tree health or tree health planning. Liaison with stakeholders and promotion of regulatory requirements. Co-ordination of workplan to meet targets.


Key Job Accountabilities:

You will:

  • Assess compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
  • Production of relevant procedures and documentation.
  • Issue Statutory Notices in line with government policy and regulatory principles.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have:

  1. Knowledge and experience of the forestry sector.
  2. Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.
  4. Extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes.

What you will do

You will provide expertise to a defined area or function undertaking a range of work that supports regulation and environmental responsibilities of NRW.

You may be involved in work relating to incident response.

You will refer to procedure manuals, relevant statutory codes and legislation in undertaking the work, undertaking analysis and interpreting requirements as necessary.

You will process and analyse non-routine information that has an element of complexity and will be of a technical nature.

You will undertake work within a discrete area although the work has the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact across other subject areas and third parties.

You will provide guidance to less experienced colleagues in the resolution of problems

You will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.

You will determine how best to achieve results by applying technical judgment and creativity, altering priorities if there are conflicting demands.

You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role.

Who you will be working with

You will supervise others in specific activities or pieces of work.

You will work with a range of people across NRW functions, together with external parties.

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.

You will also work outdoors at different sites and may be exposed to unpleasant conditions from time to time.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a degree level qualification in a relevant subject area or the equivalent level of knowledge.

You will have subject matter expertise within a defined area that enables you to provide guidance to others.

You may not be a subject matter expert in all areas but will have a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.

You will have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.

You will have analytical skills that enables you to process and analyse technical information.

You will have good inter-personal and influencing skills and able develop and sustain good working relationships.

You will, ideally, have previous supervisory experience.

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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