Natura 2000 Sustainable Management Advisor

Closing date: 12 December 2022 | Salary: £32,876-£36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Buckley 

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2024

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours a week

Post number: 202701

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

Many species and habitats in Wales are in serious decline. You will be part of a local team delivering NRW’s biodiversity and ecosystem resilience strategy, ‘Vital Nature’ and work with partners, including Welsh Government, on specific projects that address the wider “Nature Emergency”. You will need enthusiasm and drive as well as experience of working with partners and stakeholders and have a good knowledge of terrestrial biodiversity. The role aims to deliver conservation management within North East Wales as well as specific habitat focused projects to bring sites into better condition over a wider area.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with NRW staff and external partners, particularly non-governmental Environment organisations to develop partnership projects that will reverse biodiversity declines.
  • Identify and develop proposals for capital and grant aid funding for actions and projects in Place driven by Vital Nature and Area Statement priorities, consistent with SMNR principles.
  • Monitor project progress and undertake regular reviews to ensure full delivery of projects within the project timeframe.  
  • Work with Environment, Land Management Team and Land owners to help deliver Management Agreements.
  • Ensure that implementation and reporting of the project fully adheres to NRW policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all projects have the necessary permissions/consents to proceed.
  • Monitor progress of work, which may include interpretation of data, contractor management, project delivery or compliance with management agreements Identify and support any remedial actions to ensure outcome delivery. Gather evidence to check that claim submissions are appropriate
  • 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: 

  1. Experience of nature conservation, biodiversity, protected sites & landscapes in marine or terrestrial environment.
  2. Experience of working with landowners and/or other stakeholders.
  3. Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.  
  4. The ability to influence, negotiate and gain cooperation of others. Experience of dealing successfully with difficult people / situations is important.
  5. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus.   
  6. Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and external partners
  7. Ability to write clear, concise technical reports.
  8. The ability to use specialised IT systems, such as GIS or NRW customised applications.
  9. Able to work well as part of a team.
  10. Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles

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.

Competencies

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

  • Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  • Experience of supervising others is desirable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
  • Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
  • Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues. 
  • Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.

Impact

  • The work undertaken is generally within a discrete area, so will primarily affect the direct environment, but may also extend across other subject and work areas.
  • Aspects of the work may also have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on third parties and a wider area.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of tools and equipment used to carry out their work.
  • Post holders will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.

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
  • Competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

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 using the post number as the email reference

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

Application closing date: 12 December 2022

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Anthony Randles at anthony.randles@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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