Project and Monitoring Officer, LIFE Quake

Closing date: 4 July 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 | Location: Pembrokeshire

Job Summary

Job Title

Project and Monitoring Officer, LIFE Quake

Post Number



5, £31,490-£34,902






LIFE Quake Team  

Reports to

LIFE Quake Team  

Direct Reports


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 until 31 December 2026

Work pattern

37 hours per week Monday to Friday


Application information

Application closing date

4 July 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Week commending 11 July 2022, via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to   

If you have any queries, contact

Matthew Lowe

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

As a member of the LIFE Quake project team, you will develop and deliver the ambitious programme of practical site restoration, monitoring and stakeholder engagement work on 3 of the 6 Transition Mire and Quaking bogs SAC sites that are part of the project. You will draw up specifications for practical works and supervise contractors to deliver the ambitious programme.

Key partners in the project are the National Trust, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia National Park Authorities. The post holder will be working closely with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority on the 3 SAC sites in Pembrokeshire.  

This is an excellent opportunity for people wishing to further their career in biodiversity, conservation and land management.

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 People
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • The post holder will have gained relevant experience in a number of environments or roles in an organisation, so that they have a good grasp and understanding of organisational procedures and policy.
  • The post holder may not be a subject matter expert but will demonstrate a good understanding of their technical discipline and work of the function/team. They will have previous contract management experience and be able to undertake tasks associated with managing contracts, identifying and managing risk.
  • The post holder will also have a good level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • The post holder will have high level knowledge and experience of health, safety and wellbeing, and public safety and liability.  

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to understand and interpret varied pieces of information, which may include reference to procedure manuals and statutory code requirements.
  • Whilst not an expert in all functions, the post holder has an ability to understand a range of technical information, understand contractual requirements and able to identify risk.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Work will be guided by expected results, but the post holder is able to decide how best to achieve these. This may require some degree of judgement and creativity.
  • The post holder will manage a range of contracts and be able to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands or work activity needs to change.
  • Ability to make decisions around their own area of work but may cross over with the work of others. Decisions may be of a technical nature and guidance could be sought from others.
  • The post holder will manage contracts of low-level complexity. Solutions will be readily applied, through prior knowledge. Objectives and targets are likely to be reviewed on regular basis.


  • As an externally facing role, work carried out will impact externally and internally.
  • The post holder will manage small and less complex contracts of low risk and low impact. 
  • The post holder will work within a discrete area of NRW. Any impact of the work primarily affects the direct environment and may extend to other subject areas/projects.
  • The post holder will need to identify and manage risk effectively, to avoid detrimental impact. Any impact will be relatively low with a short to medium term.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to communicate across a range of functions within NRW.
  • The post holder will work closely and collaboratively with contractors and colleagues to deliver programmes of work. This will require a range of communication skills and the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships.  Relationships are likely to be of an on-going nature and may involve a degree of influencing.
  • Ability to communicate with external colleagues at a similar level, or more senior/managerial roles.

Responsibility for People

  • The post holder will not typically have formal line management responsibility, but through contract management activities, will have responsibility for ensuring contracts are delivered.
  • The post holder may provide guidance and support to other team members.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsibility for safe keeping and use of tools and equipment of modest value, used to carry out their role in the field. 
  • The role may have a delegated budget, which is likely to be modest and part of a wider and larger budget held by a more senior individual.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

As a member of the LIFE Quake project team, you will deliver the ambitious 5-year programme of practical site restoration and monitoring and stakeholder engagement work planned for 6 Transition Mire and Quaking bogs Special Area of Conservation (SACs) in Wales. 

Together with other project team members, you will support the Project Manager in ensuring delivery of the project objectives and targets and in reporting progress according to agreed milestones.

You will ensure good governance of the project, including strict adherence to NRW’s procurement and wellbeing, health and safety practices.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Working with other project team members and other NRW/National Park staff you will develop the detailed five year programme of site restoration, monitoring and stakeholder engagement work for the 6 project sites.
  • Delivery of all practical on-site management, restoration and monitoring works to exemplary standards through a combination of first-hand on-site work and close supervision of a team of specialist contractors.
  • Maintenance of detailed records (including GIS-based data) of progress with project implementation to support reporting at key milestones.
  • Attend and actively contribute to regular meetings of the LIFE project team.
  • Manage the budget allocated to project elements you are responsible for and maintain relationships with 3rd party suppliers to meet value for money and spend profile requirements.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of peatland site conservation  and management, including experience of the application of management techniques and the management of contractors.  (Essential)
  2. Terrestrial habitat data collection, analysis and presentation of results including the ability to write clear, concise reports and the use of GIS to analyse and collate data. (Essential)
  3. Excellent team working and communication skills and the ability to represent the LIFE project to a variety of audiences including agricultural managers.
  4. The ability to undertake physically demanding field work in a variety of weather conditions and terrains. Where necessary/appropriate this includes lone working. (Essential)
  5. The ability to currently and legally drive a car in the UK. (Essential)
  6. Protected species survey and mitigation (Desirable)

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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