Forestry Civil Engineer x2

Closing date: 29th January 2023 | Location: Ceredigion or Powys (Offices at Aberystwyth, Llandovery, Welshpool) | Salary: £32,876 - £36,229 (Grade 5)

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours. Compressed Hours (E.g. 9 day fortnight) discussions at interview stage welcome.

Post numbers: 200492 & 202602

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.  You will be required to attend meetings, training and one-to-one meetings with your manager at any of the offices stated above. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

The natural resources of Wales provide us with clean air, clean water, food and shelter. They give us all a better quality of life, opportunities to enjoy the outdoors against the backdrop of Wales’ natural beauty and are part of Welsh culture, heritage and language.

At Natural Resources Wales (NRW) we’re passionate about sustainably managing our natural resources and enjoy working in the mountains, woodlands and beautiful landscapes of Wales.

The post holder will join the Integrated Engineering team who, amongst other programmes, design and build the roads and infrastructure in the Welsh Government Woodland Estate to allow the careful management of this valuable resource.

As a Civil Engineer you will deliver projects which facilitate the extraction of timber from our forest estates.  You’ll be involved in the design, management, construction and maintenance of forest roads, bridges, culverts, junctions and tracks in our forest estate.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Manage the new construction, upgrade & maintenance of network roads and harvesting facilities for the area within the allocated budget.
  • Undertake inspection of roads and footbridges, at specific intervals, ensuring data is forwarded for recording and maintaining records.
  • Undertake regular inspections of quarries and borrow pits in line with current regulations. Ensure all health & safety and environmental standards are being applied and meet current requirements. Report any breaches.
  • Produce concise and persuasive written drafts, identifying the key issues, examining options and proposing a way ahead
  • Plan, prioritise and organise resources to ensure projects are delivered in line with agreed time, cost and quality standards 
  • Make informed decisions but know when to refer upwards for advice.
  • Monitor budget and advise engineer of any potential under or over spend.
  • Undertake EDM or level survey work and setting-out as required.
  • To produce working contract drawings and others as necessary
  • Liaise with statutory authorities and other stakeholders regarding proposed works.
  • Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will have knowledge and experience of the following (or similar transferable experience): 

  1. Experience in civil engineering contract management & project planning & understanding of NEC3 form of contract.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of CDM2015 and construction Health, Safety & Environmental risk management.
  3. Knowledge of forest road construction (wet bound macadam) and of working in a rural / upland environment.
  4. Knowledge of concrete and timber bridge construction techniques.
  5. Knowledge of Forest and Water Guidelines (V5) and the European Water Framework Directive. 
  6. Knowledge of the Quarry Regulations (1999) and quarry management procedures.
  7. Knowledge of CAD packages such as AutoCAD.
  8. Knowledge of MS Project.
  9. Knowledge of Project delivery via framework contracts.
  10. Knowledge and Experience of managing team/individuals.
  11. Experience of compiling tender documents/drawings.
  12. Member of professional body e.g. ICE.

Welsh language requirements:

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 relevant experience gained in a number of environments or range of roles, with a good grasp and understanding of organisational policy and procedures.
  • Has previous project management/contract management experience in a technical field and able to undertake the full range of tasks associated with managing projects.
  • Able to evidence a good level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • Post holders will typically have experience of supervising others/contractors.
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety and wellbeing as well as public safety and public liability.  

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to understand and interpret technical procedure manuals and statutory codes used whilst undertaking the role.
  • Able to produce business cases, reports, briefing notes and contracts, which will be signed off by others as part of agreed internal processes.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring objective judgment.
  • Able to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands or work activities.The post holder will be required to make decisions of a technical nature based on the scope of work, with guidance from others if necessary.
  • Objectives and targets will be delivered in accordance with a governance procedure and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • The post holder will be accountable to a Project Executive.
  • Able to apply prior knowledge to resolve problems based on known outcomes, with guidance from the Project Executive if required.
  • Has an understanding that the impact of their decisions will be wider than the immediate function or department and impact the environment and landscape over a long-term.


  • Demonstrates an understanding that their decisions and actions will influence others and that projects undertaken, may affect NRW’s reputation externally and impact members of the public.
  • Has an appreciation that decisions taken will have a lasting influence on the landscape with a short to medium term impact.
  • Able to take responsibility for the overall delivery and output of the range of projects, managed within a governance structure.
  • Health and safety considerations will be a feature of all projects and the impact of any risks will need to be identified and managed by the post holder.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good working relationships and networks to engage the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way.
  • Effective communication and persuasive skills, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings; giving advice and input as required.
  • Able to manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and third parties involved in project delivery, which may involve a degree of influencing.
  • Ability to produce technical documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion; which could have detrimental consequences and financial implications if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Able to source information and data from multiple locations, requiring external research and professional judgment to determine how the information should be interpreted.
  • Confidence to interact with people externally at all levels.
  • Whilst this is an external facing role; the work undertaken will impact externally and internally at a range of levels, depending on the nature of the project.

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

Please read our Guidance on completing a job application form before applying.

Application closing date: Sunday 29th January 2023

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact

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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