Soil & Land Use Specialist Advisor
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week.
Post number: 201467
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.
Are you passionate about soils and want to make a difference? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you.
Wales has world leading legislation on sustainability and Well-being and our aim is to inspire all land managers to achieve the sustainable management natural resources. Soil is a vital resource that underpins our natural environment, sustains life and provides multiple ecosystem services to Wales. This post will make a critical contribution to the State of Natural Resources Report and the sustainable management of land and soils across all terrestrial ecosystems, especially on agricultural land. This is especially important with the ongoing development of the Sustainable Farming Scheme and Wales’ first Soil Policy Statement. You will need good influencing skills, a strong background in soil science and soil management with an ability to work across a variety of technical and operational staff within NRW as well as colleagues in Welsh Government and external stakeholders. You will lead on the provision of Soil and Land Use technical assessments and advice to inform the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance.
Your responsibilities include:
- Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data sources.
- Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, advice and guidance documents. Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
- Liaise with external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, sector representatives, eNGOs and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
- Advise on evidence needs and opportunities and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
- Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, the Farming Sector/Farming Representative Organisations, Local Authorities, Land owners and other Environment bodies in Wales and the UK and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.
- Maintain knowledge of the Welsh and UK Soils agenda identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector(s).
- Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Soils and Land Use; Welsh & UK Government policy drivers related to Soils; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Experience of technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex environmental information and data sources; analysing large data sets.
- Working with/in WG, UK Government Departments, Academia and land use organisations.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.
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.
Please note - 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
Benefits of working for us
This role will offer a range of benefits, including:
- Agile and flexible working
- 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 31 January 2023
Interviews will take place in February 2023 through Microsoft Teams.
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.