Lead Specialist Advisor, Terrestrial Species Policy

Closing date: 21 August 2022 | Location: FlexibleSalary: £39,700 - £44,522 (Grade 7)

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2024

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours

Post number: 203239

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.

Job Description

There is increasing demand to develop and deliver key species policy areas to support the Nature Emergency and other areas of terrestrial species work. As an organisation we need to ensure linkages are made across all NRW’s work with respect to species conservation and management. In this post you will provide the expert lead on terrestrial species policy and approaches including the development of an NRW Species Programme to focus action, a review of NRW’s Conservation Translocations policy and process and  development of the NRW position on reintroductions including beaver and oversight of the Section 7 priority species. You will manage the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance relating to terrestrial species. This will translate Welsh & UK Government policy into practical approaches to the point of delivery. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and project manage specific and complex issues that require development of NRW policies, strategies, plans, programmes.
  • Provide advice to WG and other bodies in Wales and the UK as appropriate, and in-turn review and advise on the produced policy, plans and strategies.
  • Retain ownership and oversight of the terrestrial species policy area to ensure integrity of NRW approaches with Welsh Government, Central Government and EU Policy intent.
  • Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the technical specialist areas 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.
  • Steer the overview and ownership of engagement with Welsh Government on the specific policy areas related to terrestrial species.
  • Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan. 

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to biodiversity; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in biodiversity; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders involved with biodiversity in Wales.
  3. Specialist technical knowledge related to terrestrial species conservation and management techniques.
  4. Experience of: In-depth understanding of the relevant technical specialist area and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
  5. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  6. You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership
  7. Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena.
  8. 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.


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 complex practical or technical tasks or work, requiring advanced specialist knowledge in the relevant subject matter.
  • Able to provide objective advice to others on related issues based on their knowledge and experience, keeping up to date with advances and changes within their specialist field.
  • Demonstrates relevant substantial experience. Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, and personal and professional credibility, for example, able to act as an expert witness in a public enquiry.
  • Able to demonstrate good mentoring, knowledge sharing and supervisory skills as well as the ability to set strategic direction for themselves, their area and others.

Evaluation of Information

  • Able to interpret relevant delivery plans and understand their context in the wider national and NRW policy and strategy.
  • Able to analyse and interpret a wide range of information, which may be of a technical nature, extracting key points and communicate them to individuals at all levels.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

Ability to decide how best to achieve results, with the need for some judgment or creativity to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.

  • Responsible for making independent decisions based on input from line management and peers; an understanding of NRW policy; the range of options available; and their potential implications for the business.
  • Able to lead and project manage specific, complex and often challenging issues, that typically carry a high degree of reputational risk.
  • An appreciation that decisions (which may relate to national policy) may be made, leading to changes in established procedures/practices within the post-holder’s area of work.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the consequences of making wrong decisions and the adverse effect they may have on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.  


  • Demonstrates an awareness of how their decisions may encompass a broad range of matters and that the outcomes may not always be immediately clear or apparent.
  • An appreciation that the impact of decisions made by the post holder are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department, and likely to be medium term and from an external perspective, may be at a national level.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The post holder will have considerable external stakeholder connections and may be expected to represent the organisation externally, conveying specialist knowledge.
  • Able to interact and foster good working relationships with senior leaders internally and externally, at a national and UK level.
  • Able to discuss policy issues with others, which may be highly technical, specialist or detailed in nature, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately to the audience.
  • The work will involve written and verbal communications; and leading key projects with a high degree of complexity, requiring excellent communication and persuasive skills.
  • Able to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, providing advice on complex technical or specialist issues, including legislative changes and steering the direction of discussion or activities.
  • Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Ability to produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use, and would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations requiring external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted.
  • The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders may have a delegated budget and/or will have responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process and/ or the procurement of goods and services.
  • Post holders will be responsible for the safe and legal use and operation of equipment and data that they use to fulfil the requirements of their role.

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 Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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

Application closing date 21 August 2022

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Liz Halliwell at liz.haliwell@cyfoethnaturolcymru.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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