Senior Conservation Officer

Closing Date: 13 February 2023 | Salary: £25,208-£27,571 which is pro rata to a full time salary of £37,308-£40,806 (Grade 6) | Location: Llandarcy

Contract Type: Fixed Term appointment until 22 January 2024

Work Pattern: Part Time, 25 hours per week                                           

Post Number: 202567         

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.

Job description

This is a Senior Officer post within the Environment Team that covers Swansea.  Our ‘patch’ is varied and interesting including a dynamic city, numerous bathing waters, a world class protected landscape, a plethora of conservation designations, an internationally significant estuary, exposed coastline, and bunch of challenging WFD waterbodies.

The Senior Officer role is pretty variable depending on the local context, environment, and balance of skills within the team.  In this case we are seeking an experienced conservation officer who can lead on our conservation and protected sites work whilst being able to serve as a technical mentor on conservation issues within the team and a safe pair of hands in dealing with, contentious issues, queries and complaints.


Your responsibilities include:

  • 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: 

  1. Experience of project development and management. (Desirable) 
  2. Overall understanding of the sustainable management of natural resources, with focused expertise in conservation management.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing. 
  4. Good knowledge and experience of conservation management and relevant legislation
  5. Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles (cars and vans) 

Welsh language requirements

Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable Level 3 – ability to use Welsh with confidence 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

  • Able to undertake practical or technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/ expertise.
  • Expert in a range of subjects relating to their specialism and able to act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small area, in an advisory capacity.
  • Demonstrates substantial experience and specialist knowledge in their field, with the ability to manage projects, including the project budget and team.
  • Possess analytical, influencing, persuading, supervisory and mentoring skills, together with project management skills. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Able to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy. 
  • Able to interpret developments in their area of expertise, contributing to business planning and the design and delivery of team-work programmes.
  • Demonstrates the ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and able to communicate them to individuals at all levels and contribute to the development of policy.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams, and for the success and delivery of the project.
  • Able to decide how best to achieve results, with guidance from peers, requiring the need for some degree of judgment and creativity which may lead to changes in established procedures/ practice in the work area.
  • Post holders will be delivering often significant programmes of work, which may require the need to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.
  • Responsible for making independent decisions at an operational level, with input from line management and peers, together with an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business.
  • Understands the consequences of taking wrong decisions, which would have an adverse effect in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. 
  • Decisions taken may concern a broad range of matters, the outcome of which may not always be immediately clear or apparent; and are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department.
  • Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good relationships and networks, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. 
  • Communication with others will be at an operational level both internally and externally and will typically be specialist in nature. 
  • Able to act as an advisory or functional specialist, providing advice, which may be technical, specialist or detailed; tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience. 
  • Demonstrates effective communication and persuasive skills with the ability to lead projects, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to produce documents, reports, programs, contracts, with some complexity; containing advice, guidance or opinion; which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to research and gather information and data from multiple locations or sources and apply professional judgment in how the information should be interpreted.

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

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Application closing date 13 February 2023

Interviews will take place on 23 February 2023 through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Hamish Osborn at

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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