Water Advisor

Closing date: 25th September 2022 | Salary: £27,003-£30,688 (Grade 4)Location: Flexible

Contract type:

  • 203318- Fixed Term appointments for 24 months
  • 203335 - This post will be offered as a permanent contract. The role itself is time limited until 31 March 2025 at which point your role could be extended, made permanent, or you could be redeployed to our pool of special project managers / advisers or redeployed to another suitable role

Work pattern: 37 hours a week

Post number: 203318 & 203335

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 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.

Job Description

Water quality is of significant stakeholder interest at present. These 2 posts provide a critical support role in the development of water company environment improvement programmes and for the delivery of physical improvements to the water environment from a multimillion capital investment programme. A background in water management is preferable and good evidence analysis skills important. The post requires working across a variety of staff across NRW requiring good communication.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Support the development and introduction of new or revised Water policy, drawing on a range of information and data sources; working with EPP staff to draw in relevant information and evidence.
  • Support the provision of regular accurate information to managers on progress, to adapt and ensure delivery of work to time and cost.
  • Process queries relating to Water from internal teams, Welsh Government and customers, and take advice from operational and regulatory staff to ensure resolution.
  • Provide secretariat support to relevant governance groups or meetings with Welsh Government and sectors.
  • Support engagement with sectors and partners Ofwat, EA, SEPA, Water UK and water companies.
  • 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.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Water; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers; strategic plans and initiatives in Water (WG Water Strategy, wider UK strategies); and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of  a range of complex water quality and environmental information and data; analysing large data sets using excel and relevant models.
  3. Working with/in water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, Governments (UK), farming unions.
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. Working towards professional membership or aspiration to become a professional member of a relevant institution.
  6. Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.

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.


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

  • Ability to undertake a range of practical or technical tasks requiring some specialist knowledge.  Post holders will have gained experience in different environments, which could be within NRW or partnering organisations. The post holder will have the ability to continuously develop their underpinning theoretical and technical knowledge.
  • The post holder will provide advice to others in relation to their area of expertise. They will keep up to date with the external operating environment and how it may impact on NRW’s work.
  • The post holder will have specialist technical knowledge, good communication, literacy and IT skills as well as good organisational and planning skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret and understand a range of information including technical data, extracting key points and principles upon which they will provide the building blocks for the development of internal policy, strategy and plans.
  • Ability to produce documents with technical/specialist content which may require some original thought, creativity and understanding.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Work is generally guided by expected results but the post holder may be able to decide how best to achieve these, within defined parameters.
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions, which may have some degree of complexity, although typically there will be a limited range of options. The work will involve standard and non-standard tasks.
  • Post holders will have some degree of influence from the decisions they make and will impact wider than their direct function or team.
  • Whilst there is some degree of autonomy and a need to exercise judgement, objectives will typically be set by others.


  • The post holder’s work will extend beyond the immediate team and will inform and influence the work of others.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Relationships and communication will be across a range of people and functions and will be of both an internal and external nature.
  • The post holder will be able to communicate articulate matters relating to policy, strategy and plans, which may encompass leading programmes of work, providing technical support and guidance to the team.
  • The post holder will be able to produce written documentation in relation to policy and strategy which will require good written skills. They will have the ability to undertake research, distil information and to translate this into meaningful policy advice.

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

Please send a completed Application form to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk using the post number as the email reference.

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date 25th September 2022

Interviews will take place on 11th October 2022 through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Geraint Weber at Geraint.Weber@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 07909 831421


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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