Environmental Data Collection Officer

Closing date: 11 October 2022 | Salary: £27,003 - £30,688 (Grade 4) | Location: Flexible within North East Wales 

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment to 31 March 2023

Work pattern: Full time – 37 hours a week

Post number: 200442

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

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team as an Environmental Data Collection Officer for North East Wales. You would work as part of the NE Wales Environmental Assessment and Advice Team. We provide multifunctional advice and monitoring across NE Wales.  You will be confident about working outdoors in different field environments, weather conditions, and sometimes in remote locations, and you will be comfortable working in water to carry out data collection and survey work. This varied role, based in the field, includes:

  • Collect routine water quality samples in rivers, lakes and bathing waters.
  • Ecological kick-sampling to detect invertebrates and diatoms.
  • Terrestrial monitoring support.
  • Drive from site to site, including some routes when a 4x4 vehicle is required.
  • Use technology to collect data in the field with a hand held meter and input data on a tablet device.
  • Operating equipment such as data sondes and passive sampling equipment in a river.

The data collected by our team are used to report against statutory requirements and are key evidence used by Place Teams in Wales, to inform their decisions and actions in the sustainable management of our natural resources.


Your responsibilities will include to:

  • Carry out survey work and data collection, in order to help deliver our monitoring programmes as part of the business plan and environmental outcomes.
  • Be familiar with current laboratory procedures and data entry requirement, and upload data directly to the laboratory databases.
  • Support EAO in scheduling their own and team members sampling on LIMS.
  • Provide good quality data via field sampling and undertake initial data quality assurance in the field. 
  • Help support colleagues in developing and maintaining skills for specific sampling techniques.
  • Train and supervise seasonal assistants to deliver annual sampling work.
  • Be able to lead small team of staff in delivering operational sampling e.g. electrofishing Officer in Charge.
  • Interpret and implement basic scientific and technical procedures and principles in an integrated way to ensure monitoring activities are carried out to the required standards.
  • Provide sampling advice and support to other monitoring staff; test and apply improved sampling techniques/technologies.
  • Support investigations, identify concerns and respond to the team/other functions, in line with our own policies, to support positive environmental outcomes.
  • Maintain specialist sampling equipment.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

  1. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
  2. Experience of operational sampling and/or monitoring.
  3. Experience of team working.
  4. Reasonable knowledge of terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, water quality, fisheries or earth science.
  5. Data and information management experience.
  6. A current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles (cars and vans).
  7. IT competencies; MS Office and database experience.
  8. Ability to swim and be confident working in water. (Essential)

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

  • Demonstrable previous practical experience gained in a technical discipline or scientific environment, at a level that enables them to implement programmes of work of a modest size and complexity and provide guidance and supervision to others.
  • Able to evidence subject matter expertise in a discrete area of their work.
  • Ability to process and analyse routine information and produce accurate reports and information based on sound analytical processes.
  • Has good literacy, numerical and communication skills together with IT and systems knowledge.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to understand and interpret procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation used whilst carrying out the role.
  • May lead and implement a programme of work requiring the gathering of data and information from different sources and systems, to produce standard documents.
  • Able to undertake routine analysis of samples and simple data following formal procedures, resulting in the production of analytical reports and documentation that will be used by others.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to apply some technical judgment to deal with issues; or know when direct them to others.
  • Able to consider options from a small range of solutions to make decisions, possibly having to tailor some work methods to achieve the required results without making fundamental changes to procedures or processes.
  • Whilst the work will predominantly involve a variety of similar, well defined tasks; it will require the initiative to resolve issues and apply different techniques or methods.
  • The post holder will manage discrete programmes of work and need to solve problems and make decisions which have a degree of complexity, around how best to achieve results.
  • The work of the post holder may be part of a larger project, so that the degree of autonomy will be limited.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The role will require a high degree of interaction with people with the ability to foster good working relationships, with internal and external contacts.
  • Demonstrates good communication skills with the ability to adapt style and content depending on the person and nature of the relationship.
  • Able to advise and brief others, requiring the ability to clearly explain and share information with a variety of people, adapting their style and approach as necessary.
  • Communication includes dealing with difficult or challenging customers, often in sensitive or complex situations; requiring the need for tact, patience and the ability to remain calm.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of tools and equipment used to carry out their work, which could include vehicles or technical equipment.

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 as you choose

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

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

Application closing date: 11 October 2022

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact James McClymont at james.mcclymont@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.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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