Forest Regulation and Tree Plant Health Officer x 2

Closing date: 11 December 2022 | Salary: £32,876-£36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible in Wales

Contract type:

  • 203397 - Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2024
  • 203398 - Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2023

Work pattern: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Post numbers: 203397, 203398

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

As a Tree Health Officer within the Forest Regulation and Tree Health Team you will help deliver our regulatory response to controlled pests and diseases that affect forests and trees across Wales.

Our team covers the whole of Wales, providing a service to and regulating both the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and private woodlands. We are looking for an officer who can contribute to the delivery of our work with the public and private forestry sector, businesses, and individuals. The role is predominantly office / home based (to be discussed on appointment), but has opportunities for field work, and you will work with a wide range of internal and external customers.

You will have a big role to play in the response to controlled pests and diseases throughout Wales, taking part in survey work, issuing and compliance monitoring of Statutory Plant Health Notices, and providing advice and guidance to internal and external stakeholders regarding tree health on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and private woodlands.  You need to have integrity, be tenacious, and able to build good working relationships from Day 1. These work areas are likely to dominate your workload, but you may be called on to contribute to other areas within the Forest Regulation and Tree Health teams’ remit.

Over time you will further develop your skills in being able to provide technical advice to internal and external stakeholders, and your ability to undertake investigations and subsequent enforcement action as a result of non-compliance with statutory notices.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and professional officer who can work at a fast pace, often to tight deadlines and who is able to effectively prioritise their workload to deliver more for the environment.

We are looking for a person with previous experience in using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).


Your responsibilities include:

  • Undertake surveys and inspections in relation to the control of regulated pests and diseases affecting forestry and trees.
  • Assess compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
  • Production of relevant procedures and documentation
  • Issue Statutory Plant Health Notices in line with government policy and regulatory principles.
  • Provide advice to customers regarding tree health queries and concerns.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Knowledge and experience of the forestry sector.
  2. Good understanding of commercial forestry and agricultural business processes and pressures.
  3. A good understanding of pests and pathogens with the potential to affect trees in the UK, and appropriate management measures.
  4. Ability to identify a wide range of native and non-native species of trees in the UK
  5. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.
  6. Knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes.

Welsh language requirements:

Essential Level 3 – able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations

Desirable Level 4 - fluent in spoken Welsh


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

  • 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.


  • 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.

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
  • 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 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 11 December 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Callum Stone at or 03000 653405

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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