Remote Sensing Advisor

Closing date: 29 January 2023 | Salary: £32,876-£36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2024

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week.

Post number: 203413

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

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is the principal adviser to Welsh Government on issues relating to the environment and its natural resources.  We aim to underpin all our advice and actions with robust evidence.  In addition to making use of evidence generated by others, NRW itself gathers evidence, notably through the environmental monitoring we carry out.   

Monitoring Analysis Team was formed to make more use of the data we collect through our monitoring programmes as well as to support the use of evidence from remote sensing (satellite imagery, drones, etc).  You will work as part of an enthusiastic team that includes environmental data analysts, data managers and remote sensing specialists.

We are looking for someone to support our remote sensing activities.  This is a good opportunity to gain experience in an expanding and innovative area of NRW’s work.  Depending on your skills, you will have the opportunity to contribute directly to analytical work or to support other aspects of the team’s work (such as the development of guidance or intranet material).


Your responsibilities include:

  • Analyse, interpret and synthesise data and evidence drawing on information and data from a range of sources.
  • Prepare technical documents to inform the development of monitoring strategy and networks, and to contribute to statutory reporting obligations.
  • Project manage small technical projects across a range of environmental themes and involving colleagues from across the organisation.
  • Validate key data sets to ensure that the quality of NRW’s data is fit for its intended use.
  • Support engagement with partners working on monitoring and reporting work at Wales and UK levels.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. You will have strong analytical skills that enable you to process, analyse and interpret large amounts of technical information.
  2. You will have good problem-solving skills, with the ability to extract and present key information to a range of audiences in both written and oral forms.
  3. You will have experience of working in a programme and project management environment.
  4. You will be a good communicator.

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

  • Proven expertise in a defined area or function, and able to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Will have a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Able to demonstrate good literacy, numeracy and communication skills, including well developed customer facing skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret and understand a range of information including technical data, extracting key points and principles to provide the building blocks for the development of internal policies, strategy and plans.
  • Documents produced will contain technical/ specialist information, requiring some original thought, creativity and understanding of the issues.
  • Able to process and analyse non-routine information with an element of complexity and of a technical nature.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of legislation and able to interpret and apply it, in relation to their role.


  • Has an appreciation that the work undertaken is generally within a discrete area and its impact primarily affects the direct environment, but it may also extend across other subjects and work areas and has the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact third parties and a wider area.
  • The impact of decisions or work activities will typically be relatively short to medium term.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and communicate with people across a range of functions within NRW and externally, requiring the post holder to communicate around their area of expertise, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Demonstrates well established inter-personal and communication skills with an ability to develop, influence and sustain good working relationships. 

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 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 29 January 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact David Allen on

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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