Access Reform Specialist Advisor

Closing date: 28 June 2022 | Salary: £35,994 | Location: Flexible.


Job Summary

Job Title

Access Reform Specialist Advisor

Post Number



6, £35,994 - £39,369 



You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.


Evidence, Policy & Permitting


Outdoor Access & Recreation

Reports to

Jont Bulbeck - Lead Specialist, Access Reform

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

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

Desirable Level 2, able to use some basic 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 March 2023

Work pattern

37 hours


Application information

Application closing date

28 June 2022

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

Jont Bulbeck

Job Context

This is a fixed term post continuing NRW’s advice work for Welsh Government’s Access Reform Programme. This post is to provide specialist advice for NRW’s access reform advice. The role will require leading and managing the preparation of NRW’s advice in relation to access legislation reform, working with Welsh Government (WG), partners and sectoral interests on the process for and development of advice about WG’s access reform proposals.  Translation of Welsh & UK Government policy into the development of legislation.  You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives.

The post holder will:

  • Contribute to managing the working arrangements for the Access Reform Programme working closely with Welsh Government (WG)
  • Contribute to the governance and working arrangements  with WG for the Access Reform Programme (ARP);
  • Contribute to the working of the ARP NRW-WG Steering Group; provide reports on the programme as necessary for the Group to inform the sterring of the ARP and management of risks
  • Work with the NRW Outdoor & Recreation Team’s for developing, managing and delivering the ARP advice work in 2022/23 
  • Contribute to the development of an ARP work plan for the year setting out the reform advice work priorities and lead delivery of tasks as appropriate
  • Contribiute to and lead on occasions the delivery of specific liaison arrangements (internal and external stakeholders) that will be needed to deliver the ARP work plan
  • Support the planning of oversee communications actions; lead and deliver communications tasks within the ARP work plan – including working with internal and external stakeholders
  • Be responsible for the allocated financial tasks as part of the ARP for the year  
  • Contribute to the planning of and take responsibility for the delivery of specific ARP reform outputs/deliverables

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

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
  • Impact
  • Communication and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to undertake practical/technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/expertise. 
  • Able to provide objective advice to others on related issues, based on their knowledge and experience and keeps up to date with changes within their specialist field.
  • Demonstrates relevant substantial experience gained from working in number of different organisations, or roles/functions within a single organisation.
  • Ability to lead and project manage specific areas of work, which may include the implementation of plans.
  • Has mentoring skills and the ability to share skills and knowledge with others within the function and/or across the organisation.
  • Possibly an expert in a range of subjects relating to their profession. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to analyse and interpret a range of complex information of a technical nature, relating to a specific area of specialism, contributing to the development of strategy and policies.
  • Able to extract key points and communicate them to individuals at all levels.
  • Able to interpret relevant delivery plans and understand their context in the wider national and NRW strategy and policies.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how to achieve results applying some degree of judgment or creativity, whilst responding to conflicting demands, by altering priorities.
  • Able to make independent decisions on a broad range to matters, considering the options available and potential implications for the business.
  • Decisions will require input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy, the impact of which is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and medium term in nature.
  • Has an appreciation of the consequences of making wrong decisions and the adverse effect they may have on the organisation in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.
  • Able to contribute to the setting of strategic direction for themselves, their area and others.
  • Ability to develop organisation strategy and policies with some autonomy in the implementation of organisational policy.
  • Can adapt and respond to decisions made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post holder’s area of work, which may not be immediately clear or apparent.
  • Some decisions may need to be taken without reference to others.


  • Demonstrates an appreciation of how their decisions and actions will influence others both internally and externally.
  • Must have an awareness of the consequences of their decision making, which will have a moderate level of impact and influence and be medium term in nature.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with others across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way.
  • Communications will be both with internal colleagues and external stakeholders which may include specialist input and influence in relation to policy and strategy or implementation.
  • Some interactions may be emotionally challenging where individuals are angry or upset, requiring the need for tact, patience and the ability to remain calm to try and resolve the issue.
  • The work will involve written and verbal communications and/or leading projects, requiring good communication and persuasive skills.
  • Ability to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Ability to produce documents, reports, accounts, contracts, etc., with some complexity, containing elements of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use, and which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations, entailing some external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted.
  • The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally medium term in nature.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders will have a delegated budget and/or will have responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process and/or the procurement of goods and services.
  • The level of financial responsibility, is likely to be a delegated part of a much larger budget, managed by a senior member of staff.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

To provide the specialist input for access reform and contribute to the preparation of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance with a specific focus on access legislation working with Welsh Government (WG), working with WG, partners and sectors on the process for and development of access reform proposals.  You will work with colleagues in Outdoor Access & Recreation and from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will:

  • Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data.
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners’ policy, statutory advice and guidance documents related to access reform.  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 related to access reform work.
  • Advise on evidence gaps and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, Welsh Government; Visit Wales, Local Authorities; Welsh NGO's and other Environment bodies in Wales and the UK; and be a primary point of contact for customer queries related to your WCP section.
  • Maintain knowledge of the outdoor recreation and access sector identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the outdoor access and recreation 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 outdoor access and recreation, particularly public rights of way and CRoW open access; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers relevant to the recreation and access reform, and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  • Experience of:  technical analysis and interpreting a range of recreation & access (R&A) and environmental information and data; analysing large data sets.
  • Detailed understanding of R&A and land manager responsibilities in relation to the provision of and management of recreation and access and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
  • Knowledge and experience working with/in outdoor access & recreation sector, local authorities, landowners and managers; representatives of outdoor/countryside organisations and voluntary bodies.
  • Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and qualifications.
  • Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.

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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