Cockle Fishery Management Officer, Burry Inlet
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment until 15 June 2024 with possibility of extension
Work pattern: 37 hours per week
Post number: 200109
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.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Collect, input and analyse catch returns to allow assessment of annual fishing effort, spatial distribution and commercial activity.
- Produce an annual report on the fishery.
- Support review of management plan for the fishery.
- Implement the fishery management plan for the fishery.
- Liaise with Dee Estuary or Bury Inlet cockle fishers and producers.
- Process, assess, issue and monitor licenses, keeping accurate records.
- Work with external auditors to ensure continuation of the Marine Stewardship sustainable fishery accreditation.
- Work closely with Enforcement colleagues regarding regulation and enforcement.
- Keep records of and submit intelligence into central system.
- Liaise with relevant environmental health departments, WG DEFRA and on the Dee the NWIFCA and EA (NW).
- Liaise with Dee conservancy officer and with local area counterparts on Bury.
- Provide the administration for the Dee Estuary Cockle Fishery Advisory group (DECFAG) and the Dee Estuary Joint Agencies Group.
- Work closely with, and be steered by, the senior cockle fishery advisor on all aspects of management of the fishery.
- Work with relevant Area Advisors, and Marine Monitoring Assessment and reporting and marine All Wales Advice teams, especially regarding cockle surveys.
- Provide technical advice on cockle fishery related issues.
- Support the management of the Cockle fishery management budget.
- Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Experience of working with shellfish sector.
- Experience of building effective relationships.
- Experience of dealing with difficult customers and hostile situations.
- Ability to interpret and communicate marine environmental data.
- An understanding of the Dee or Bury inlet issues and conservation.
- Good interpersonal skills and experience of working collaboratively both internally and externally.
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.
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
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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
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Application closing date: 25 August 2022
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Charlotte Gjerlov at
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