Lead Specialist Advisor Forest Operations
Closing date: 17 April 2023 | Salary: £41,150 - £46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Flexible
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week- discussions at interview stage welcome
Post number: 203492
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.
To help Natural Resources Wales (NRW) achieve the highest standards of sustainable forest management as befits the longest running continuously certified state forests in the world and an institution and nation that aims to be a global leader for sustainable management of natural resources (SMNR). The role holder will do this by leading on Timber Harvesting and/or Forest Management operations for how we manage the land in our care by managing the preparation of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance. These will translate Welsh & UK Government policy, UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) requirements and industry standards into practical approaches to the point of delivery. You will work with colleagues from other teams in Evidence, Policy and Permitting, Commercial, and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives.
Your responsibilities include:
- Lead and project manage specific and complex issues that require development of NRW policies, strategies, plans, programmes.
- Retain ownership and oversight of forest operations functional policy area to ensure integrity of NRW approaches in relation to UKWAS requirements, regulatory and industry standards.
- Commission and deliver monitoring procedures and audits.
- Advise and define knowledge and competency gaps, commission resources, training and programmes to fill the gaps; manage projects, in line with the agreed programme.
- Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the forestry sector, identifying the implications of legislative, technological and market changes for NRW
- Lead or contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Land Stewardship Business Board, to prepare defined products as required.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed personal objectives.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh and UK legislation and policy drivers related to forestry and the issues and opportunities for sustainable forest management in public forestry in the UK.
- Knowledge and experience of timber harvesting operations and/or sustainable forest management.
- Knowledge and understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders involved with the forestry sector and sustainable land management in public forestry in the UK and how to apply this in Wales.
- Working with companies in the Forest Industry and where necessary with, local authorities, environmental non-governmental organisations, and National Park Authorities.
- Experience of a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will have Professional membership or will be working towards professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or another relevant professional body
- Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena.
- 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 - 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
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 17 April 2023
Successful applicants will be notified of the interview date which may be face to face.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Sally Tansey at Sally.Tansey@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.
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