Senior Environmental Officer
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: 37 hours plus participation in out of hours environment management standby rota and revised standby rota arrangements
Post number: 200212
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 NRW location stated in this advert, 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.
The post resides in the Dwyfor and Meirionnydd Environment Team in Dolgellau but operates across North-West Wales. The applicant can be home based or work from any NRW office. They will be contracted to the Dolgellau office where they will be required to attend for regular meetings, which will be at least twice a month, with the remaining work schedule to be discussed on appointment.
To ensure an appropriate balance of skills in the team, this role requires a technical specialism in Water Resources, especially HydroPower schemes. A large part of the work will be to oversee the North-West area’s delivery of Water Resources inspections and regulation. To help deliver this work we are looking of an individual with experience in either regulatory work or water resources.
In addition, the role will be expected to spend a proportion of their time delivering the required support on environmental incidents and participation in an environment management out of hours standby rota for North-West Wales, the role requires a Regular Enforcer level warrant covering the Water Resources Act, and the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) – our Organisations’ purpose - lies at the heart of everything we do. Everyone in NRW has a role to play in achieving SMNR and within that NRW’s role in ensuring ecosystems resilience underpins wider wellbeing in Wales.
The post holder will play a leading role at place to improve wellbeing through the sustainable management of natural resources through the team remit.
They will focus on the more complex issues/case work and provide specialist advice in the context of Environment Management, Protected Sites, Fisheries and Biodiversity.
Will work closely with Team Leader to ensure an effective delivery of Environment Team remit at place that maximises NRW, SMNR and Wellbeing objectives.
They will support the Team Leader in relevant partnership working and stakeholder engagement.
Your responsibilities will include to:
- Represent NRW in discussions with partner organisations.
- Act as technical mentor and advisor to team members.
- Closely assist Team Leader in the planning and delivery of compliance programme and enforcement.
- Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
- Where non-compliance is identified, determine and implement the most appropriate intervention option.
- Co-ordinate the technical development of team members.
- Play a key role in identifying opportunities for new Management Agreements and Partnership Projects to deliver NRW priorities at place.
- Play a senior role in supporting a resilient and competent NRW Incident Management Service that follows NRW process.
- Required to take part in incident response activities.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Experience of project development and management. (desirable)
- Overall understanding of the sustainable management of natural resources, with focused expertise in a distinct area of the Environment Team remit.
- Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.
- Good knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes.
- Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles. (cars and vans)
Welsh language requirements
Essential Level 3 – Able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations
Desirable Level 4 – Fluent in spoken Welsh, the candidate will be expected to develop their Welsh language skills to this level following an agreed training programme
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
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
Responsibility for Resources
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
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Application closing date:12 December 2022
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Arfon Hughes at 03000 655304 or Arfon.Hughes@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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