Senior Geomorphologist

Closing date: 26 June 2022 | Salary: £35,994-£39,369 | Location: Flexible in North Wales

Allowance: This post qualifies for a retention allowance of £6,120 per annum (currently in place until February 2024, but with the possibility of being extended further).

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2024

Work pattern: 37 hours per week, Monday- Friday

Post number: 203206

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to a NRW office within the place base, 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.

Job Description

You’ll be joining the Hydrology, Geomorphology and Water Resources Management Team in North Wales, within our Flood and Water Management Department. We are a large multi-functional team that covers North and Mid Wales. You’ll be working on some of Wales most iconic rivers including the Dee, Conwy and Severn. The role will include a mixture of site and office-based work, and you’ll have the opportunity to provide practical solutions that will help us address the Nature and Climate Emergency. 

We are currently increasing our Geomorphology capacity and you will be one of three Geomorphologists covering North & Mid Wales. You will also be part of a wider group delivering Geomorphology across Wales, working closely with our sister team in South Wales and our Head Office colleagues.

You’ll provide a comprehensive technical fluvial geomorphology support service, to internal customers and partners. You’ll support delivery of several high-profile river restoration projects across North Wales. Also, you’ll provide advice and guidance on Flood Risk Activity Permits and Water Abstraction Licences, helping us to maintain and enhance ecosystem resilience and improve wellbeing across Wales.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  • Respond to planning applications (including for nationally significant infrastructure projects), permits, consents, licences and enforcement action on internal and external works to promote geomorphologically responsible works and advise on compliance with the Water Framework Directive (WFD), and other relevant legislation.
  • Act as a specialist technical advisor on river restoration, bioengineering and natural flood management (NFM) measures.
  • Develop best practice and operational guidance notes, for geomorphology, as well as provide technical input into guidance for Flood Risk Management, Hydropower, Restoring Sustainable Abstraction, and Fisheries projects.
  • Share, promote and seek new industry best practice through national NRW representation at technical advisory groups.
  • Provide expert advice on the development of future geomorphological practices, particularly focussing on its role in the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.
  • Provide technical support to NRW colleagues on complex geomorphological issues.
  • Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Degree in relevant scientific subject (e.g. physical geography, environment science or civil engineering).
  2. Member of appropriate professional body (e.g. CIWEM or ICE) or working towards becoming chartered.
  3. Able to demonstrate competency in geomorphological  science and have the ability to apply practically and innovatively at an operational level.  Experience will have been gained over and number of years using geomorphological methods,  techniques  and calculations, with experience of working on site on rivers
  4. Expert knowledge of geomorphological methods, techniques, and calculations.
  5. Good understanding of hydromorphological elements of the Water Framework Directive, as well as the ability to write complex technical reports on such aspects.
  6. Ability to convey technical information to non-specialists.
  7. Experience of supervising, coaching, and mentoring.
  8. Ability to undertake fieldwork in sometimes physically demanding environments.
  9. Full UK driving licence. 

Welsh language requirements: Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement 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.

Competencies

Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to undertake practical or technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/ expertise.
  • Expert in a range of subjects relating to their specialism and able to act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small area, in an advisory capacity.
  • Demonstrates substantial experience and specialist knowledge in their field, with the ability to manage projects, including the project budget and team.
  • Possess analytical, influencing, persuading, supervisory and mentoring skills, together with project management skills. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Able to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy. 
  • Able to interpret developments in their area of expertise, contributing to business planning and the design and delivery of team-work programmes.
  • Demonstrates the ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and able to communicate them to individuals at all levels and contribute to the development of policy.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams, and for the success and delivery of the project.
  • Able to decide how best to achieve results, with guidance from peers, requiring the need for some degree of judgment and creativity which may lead to changes in established procedures/ practice in the work area.
  • Post holders will be delivering often significant programmes of work, which may require the need to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.
  • Responsible for making independent decisions at an operational level, with input from line management and peers, together with an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business.
  • Understands the consequences of taking wrong decisions, which would have an adverse effect in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.  
  • Decisions taken may concern a broad range of matters, the outcome of which may not always be immediately clear or apparent; and are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department.
  • Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.

Impact

  • Working as a local expert / sector lead, the post holder’s input and influence will be at an operational level and have an impact both internally and externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good relationships and networks, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. 
  • Communication with others will be at an operational level both internally and externally and will typically be specialist in nature. 
  • Able to act as an advisory or functional specialist, providing advice, which may be technical, specialist or detailed; tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience. 
  • Demonstrates effective communication and persuasive skills with the ability to lead projects, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to produce documents, reports, programs, contracts, with some complexity; containing advice, guidance or opinion; which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to research and gather information and data from multiple locations or sources and apply professional judgment in how the information should be interpreted.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • weekly well-being hour to use at your choice

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Application form 

Guidance on completing a job application form

Send completed applications forms to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Application closing date: 26 June 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Rob Bissell or Oly Lowe at:

Robert.Bissell@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 07468 742442

oliver.lowe@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 03000 654549

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. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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