Natura 2000 Sustainable Management Advisor

Closing date: 26 June 2022 | Salary: £31,490 | Location: South East Wales


Job Summary

Job Title

Natura 2000 Sustainable Management Advisor

Post Number

203218, 203219


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


203218 N2K Sustainable Management Advisor - Newport, Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent (St Mellons)

203219 N2K Sustainable Management Advisor – Monmouthshire and Torfaen (Monmouth)




Environment Team or People and Places team

Reports to

Operations Team Leader

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

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

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 2025, possibility of extension.

Work pattern

Full time, 37 hours a week.


Application information

Application closing date

26 June 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Via Microsoft teams, date to be confirmed.

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Job Context

Many species and habitats  in Wales are  in serious decline. You will be part of a local team delivering NRW’s biodiversity and ecosystem resilience strategy, ‘Vital Nature’ and work with partners, including Welsh Government, on specific projects that address the wider “Nature Emergency”. You will need enthusiasm and drive as well as experience of working with partners and stakeholders and have a good knowledge of terrestrial biodiversity. The roles include general place-based roles to deliver conservation management within an area as well as specific habitat focused projects to bring sites into better condition over a wider area. The roles will be focused as follows:

203218 N2K Sustainable Management Advisor - Newport, Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent (St Mellons)

203219 N2K Sustainable Management Advisor – Monmouthshire and Torfaen (Monmouth)     

When applying, please indicate which post(s) you are interested in.

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
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


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.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of tools and equipment used to carry out their work.
  • Post holders will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

You will work in one of NRW’s Local Teams providing advice relating to the sustainable management of  Natura 2000 sites to support the delivery of NRWs Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience strategy ‘Vital Nature’.  This aims to address the Nature Emergency, reverse biodiversity decline and build ecosystem resilience. This involves working closely with NRW staff, Welsh Government, landowners and partners to deliver management agreements, develop projects, monitor their process and ensure they deliver effectively and on time.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Work with NRW staff, Welsh Government and external partners to develop partnership projects that will reverse biodiversity declines.
  • Identify and develop proposals for capital and grant aid funding for actions and projects in Place driven by NRW’s Vital Nature Document and Area Statement priorities, consistent with Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) principles.
  • Work with Environment, Land Management Team and Land owners to help deliver Management Agreements.
  • Ensure that implementation and reporting of the project fully adheres to NRW policies and procedures.
  • Monitor progress of work, which may include interpretation of data, contractor management, project delivery or compliance with management agreements Identify and support any remedial actions to ensure outcome delivery. Gather evidence to check that claim submissions are appropriate

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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