LIFE Quake Communications Officer

Closing date: 31 May 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 | Location: Llandarcy or Crymlyn Bog

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

Job Summary

Job Title

LIFE Quake Communications Officer

Post Number

203107

Grade

5, £31,490 rising to £34,902 over three years

Location

Llandarcy or Crymlyn Visitor Centre (Swansea) with some home working

Directorate

Operations

Team

LIFE Quake Project

Reports to

LIFE Quake Team Leader

Direct Reports

0

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

Fixed Term appointment until 31 December 2026

Work pattern

Full time

 

Application information

Application closing date

31 May 2022

Interview to take place on and where

14 June 2022, via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to

Ceisiadau@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk    

If you have any queries, contact

Ceisiadau@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk    

Job Context

LIFE Quake is an ambitious £5m project funded by the EU LIFE programme, Welsh Government and a number of partners to transform the condition of Transition Mire and Quaking bogs  and their associated species, most notably the threatened Marsh Fritillary  Butterfly. This rare and much reduced habitat is found in a number of places in Wales, with the project focusing on sites in Pembrokeshire, Mid-Wales, Eifionydd and most notably Crymlyn Bog, near Swansea.

You will:

  • Develop and deliver effective integrated communications in support of the Project.
  • Lead on organising and shaping NRW’s events programme for the the Project.
  • Deliver high-quality and creative content across all channels
  • Deliver essential communications services such as media relations, digital, social media, internal communications, video production, branding and design, communications planning and evaluation, content creation.

A key part of the role will be to work closely with local communities to raise awareness of the importance of  wetlands. You will organise and run a programme of walks and talks for the Project.You will encourage more public engagement and involvement at the Project sites, especially Crymlyn.  You will develop and manage volunteer groups, particularly at Crymlyn.

Key partners in the project are the National Trust, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia National Park Authorities. You will also need to work closely with Farming Organisations, Community Groups, Heritage organisations,  Wildlife Trusts and other environmental organisations.

Other information relevant to the job:

The job will require occasional evening and weekend working

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 Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Competencies

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Range of technical/specialist knowledge and skills gained through previous experience.
  • Provide professional/technical/specialist advice to others on their subject area.
  • Good communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills, with ability to organise and manage their own workload.

Evaluation of Information

  • Analysis and interpretations of data and information. Provide guidance and advice to others on technical/specialist matters.
  • Produce documentation from a variety of sources which may require some degree of originality. The content will have some technical or specialist element to it.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Will be guided by expected results but the post holder may be able to decide how best to achieve these, within defined parameters.
  • Guidance provided by others but there will be some degree of judgment or creativity applied based on  technical knowledge and/or specialist skills.
  • Ability to problem solving and make decisions with a range of solutions, requiring some investigation/analysis before coming to a conclusion. There will be a limited range of options with known solutions, which will require a technical/specialist insight to the issue.
  • Adaptable and able to manage workflow. May take responsibility for management of small, less complex projects.

Impact

  • Will have moderate effect on the business, according to specialist/technical advice given. Short to medium impact but will depend on the technical/specialist discipline and the extent it impacts on others. The consequences of taking potentially incorrect action/decisions will be moderate to high and likely need to be addressed to avoid longer term impact.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Communication across a range of NRW functions and possibly to external contacts and third parties. To provide advice and guidance to individuals who are not familiar with the technical/specialist discipline. This will require an ability to translate and present technical/specialist information in a way that others can understand.
  • Well-developed skills to develop and sustain good working relationships/networks which are likely to be on-going and involve a degree of influencing.

 

Role Description

Job Purpose:

  • LIFE Quake is an ambitious £5m project funded by the EU LIFE programme, Welsh Government and a number of partners to transform the condition of Transition Mire and Quaking bogs and their associated species, most notably the threatened Marsh Fritillary Butterfly. This rare and much reduced habitat is found in a number of places in Wales, with the project focusing on sites in Pembrokeshire, Mid-Wales, Eifionydd and most notably Crymlyn Bog, near Swansea
  • You will develop and deliver effective integrated communications in support of the LIFE Quake project. You will lead on organising and shaping NRW’s events programme for the project. You will shape and deliver high-quality and creative content across all channels, as befits your target audience. You will deliver essential Communications services such as media relations, digital, social media, internal Communications, video production, branding and design, Communications planning and evaluation, content creation. You will work with local communities and groups to raise awareness of the importance of the wetlands.
  • A key part of the role will be to work closely with local communities and groups to raise awareness of the importance of Peatlands. You will organise and where necessary run a programme of walks and talks for the Project. You will encourage more public engagement and involvement at the Project sites, especially at Crymlyn.  You will develop and manage volunteer groups, particularly at Crymlyn.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Produce high-quality, engaging and effective content in support of the LIFEQuake project.
  • Deliver integrated Communications across all channels, with an audience, customer or partner focus.
  • Contribute to development of creative campaigns and Comms plans for the LIFEQuake project.
  • Contribute to delivery of multiple campaigns as part of the project.
  • Build relationships internally and externally in support of outcome delivery.
  • Work with local communities and groups to raise awareness of the importance of the wetlands and to get them to take a greater interest and involvement in its management.
  • Develop and support community groups that will stop the spread of invasive species and plastic in wetlands.   
  • Give talks to and produce communications to local groups
  • Use insight to inform your Communications approach.
  • Provide advice to the business in order to protect and promote our reputation and brand, either autonomously or with support from more senior team members when required.
  • Ensure LIFE guidelines on Communications are followed through the lifetime of the project
  • Be alert to reputational risks and escalate as appropriate to the project manager.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Some experience of working in a professional communications team of PR agency (at account executive level).
  2. Good level of skill across all Communications disciplines and channels.
  3. Member of relevant professional body and visible commitment to your own CPD (or be prepared to join).
  4. Good understanding of NRW's remit, roles, policies and priorities in order to be able to drive effective communications campaigns in support of these.
  5. Able to make sound judgement calls.
  6. Excellent team working skills and the ability to represent the LIFE project to a variety of audiences including land managers.
  7. The ability to drive a car currently and legally in the UK.

 

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.

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