Sustainable Management of Atmospheric Nitrogen Advisor

Closing date: 28 June 2022 | Salary: £31,490 (pro rata £15,745)  | Location: Flexible

Job Summary

Job Title

Sustainable Management of Atmospheric Nitrogen Advisor

Post Number

203209 & 203210

Grade

5, £31,490-£34,902 (pro rata for 18.5 hours per week £15,745 - £17,451)

Location

203209 - Flexible within North Wales

203210 - Flexible within South Wales

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.

Directorate

Operations

Team

Environment Team

Reports to

Team Leader, Environment Team or People and Places

Direct Reports

None

Welsh Language requirements

203209 - Essential: Level 4 – Fluent in spoken Welsh

203210 - 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 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.

Contract type

Fixed term appointment until 31 March 2025

Work pattern

18.5 hours a week

 

Application Information

Application closing date

28 June 2022

Interview to take place on and where

To be confirmed, via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to

applications@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk  

If you have any queries, contact

nick.thomas@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Job Context

You will work in one of NRW’s local teams using modelled data on sources of nitrogen pollution that impact on protected sites and then discussing management options with local farmers. This aims to address the “Nature Emergency”, reverse biodiversity declines and build ecosystem resilience. This involves working closely with NRW staff, Welsh Government and landowners to build Site Nitrogen Action Plans for each of the six Areas of Wales: North-west Wales, North-east Wales, Mid Wales, South-east Wales, South Central Wales and South-west Wales. One officer will work in north and mid Wales and one in south Wales.

Applying for this post

Please note, each role has specific competencies to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview.  Please answer the competencies listed below when completing your application form.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making and Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Competencies

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.

Impact

  • 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.

 

Role Description

Job Purpose:

You will work in one of NRW’s local teams using modelled data on sources of nitrogen pollution that impact on protected sites and then discussing management options with local farmers. This aims to address the “Nature Emergency”, reverse biodiversity declines and build ecosystem resilience. This involves working closely with NRW staff, Welsh Government and landowners to build Site Nitrogen Action Plans for each of the six Areas of Wales: North-west Wales, North-east Wales, Mid Wales, South-east Wales, South Central Wales and South-west Wales. One officer will work in north and mid Wales and one in south Wales.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Work with NRW staff to identify which exemplar site to focus on in each Area.
  • Use modelled source attribution data, that will have an element of complexity and be of a technical nature requiring degree level understanding, to identify which activities might be affecting each exemplar site.
  • Meet local farmers and land managers to discuss potential options for N pollution reduction, identified by the officer using their expertise and knowledge, especially those funded by the Sustainable Farm Scheme.
  • Produce a Site Nitrogen Action Plan for each exemplar site.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Experience of nature conservation, biodiversity, protected sites & landscapes in marine or terrestrial environment.
  2. Experience of working with landowners and/or other stakeholders.
  3. Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.  
  4. The ability to influence, negotiate and gain cooperation of others. Experience of dealing successfully with difficult people / situations is important.
  5. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus.   
  6. Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and external partners.
  7. Ability to write clear, concise technical reports.
  8. The ability to use specialised IT systems, such as GIS or NRW customised applications.
  9. Able to work well as part of a team.
  10. Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles

 

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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