Tackling Waste Crime Officer

Closing date: 11 December 2022 | Salary: £32,876-£36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible within place (Ceredigion & Powys)

Contract type: Fixed Term until 31 March 2025

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, Monday to Friday

Post number: 203385

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

This is an opportunity to develop a career in environmental enforcement with Natural Resources Wales. You will be based in the Mid Wales Waste and Enforcement team but will work towards the Welsh Government’s Action Plan to tackle waste crime as part of a virtual, centrally organised team. You will contribute to innovative ways of identifying and tackling illegal waste crime across the area and Wales.

You will either lead or support investigations recommending the most appropriate interventions to take, gathering evidence for enforcement action, analysing data, solving complex problems.

You will be working with Mid Wales Waste Regulation and Enforcement Officers in relation to waste crime as well as partner organisations, such as police and DVSA. You will be a warranted officer with experience of producing successful legal case files with a good understanding of waste crime.

You will be expected to occasionally work in flexible way including out of hours and at weekends in order to deliver our Mid Wales area priorities.

You may be required to work out of area due to resource needs as prioritised by the Tackling Waste Crime Lead Specialist Advisor.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  • Take appropriate actions in place and working on agreed all Wales Priorities to deliver the Welsh Government Action Plan to tackle waste crime.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the team’s business plan, the Regulatory Service Plan and NRW’s corporate plan.
  • Developing and implementing innovative interventions and new and novel tools and methods to identify and tackle waste crime.
  • Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
  • Where non-compliance is identified, recommend the most appropriate intervention option to ensure operators return to compliance as quickly as possible, with minimum environmental impact and consideration of the economic impacts.
  • Assist in the development of medium-term regulatory strategies to tackle waste crime.
  • Take the initiative in solving complex and intractable problems.
  • Maintain records and information in line with NRW requirements and agreed standards:
  • Respond to incidents and complaints.
  • Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Knowledge and experience of either working in a regulated industry or as a regulator.
  2. Good understanding of waste crime processes and pressures.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.

Welsh language requirements:

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

Desirable Level 3 able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations.

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

  • 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.

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 11 December 2022

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Jeremy Goddard, Team Leader, Waste and Enforcement Team – Mid Wales at jeremy.goddard@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 0300 065 4022 or Adrian Evans at Adrian.Evans@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

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.

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