Exciting new job opportunities to join #TeamNRW in our flood and coastal risk management team

We’re hiring! Do you think you have what it takes to join our Flood Risk Management team and help make a difference to the environment and people of Wales?

We’re looking to recruit to a number of exciting new roles, from flood warning and informing to flood risk asset management,  to join our amazing Flood Risk team out on the ground and in our offices across Wales.

Meet Richard Kelland, our Flood and Coastal Risk Management lead for skills and development. In this blog, he tells us more about the incredible work our team does to help protect homes and communities across Wales from flooding, and what it’s like being part of #TeamNRW.

Why join our Flood Risk team?

I’ve been a part of #TeamNRW working in our Flood and Coastal risk team for over 20 years. It’s a really important part of the work we do - the impact of climate change means that we can expect to see more severe and frequent storms, higher sea-levels, and increased rates of coastal erosion in the future. This unfortunately means an increase in the risk of flooding and the negative impacts that is has on our people, our economy and our biodiversity.

We’re committed to making sure that we are in the best shape we can be to meet these future challenges. As part of that, we’re looking to expand our Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) team. We have a number of exciting and challenging posts available that cover the breadth of flood risk management work and we hope there are opportunities for people with a range of skills and experience to come and join the team over the coming weeks.

What’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management all about?

The work of FCRM is extremely wide ranging. The vital work that we do reduces the risk of flooding in Wales, here are just a few examples of how we do this:

• Building and maintaining flood defence assets and removing obstructions from our rivers
• Identifying the level of flood risk for locations across Wales by using new mapping and modelling technology
• Monitor and forecast river and tidal levels. We use this information to warn the public so that they can take appropriate action.
• We have teams on standby 24/7 to close flood gates and to operate pumps when needed.
• We run flood awareness campaigns to raise the issue of the risks of flooding and what actions you should take to reduce the risk.

Why work at NRW?

At NRW we’re at the heart of making sure Wales’ natural resources are being used sustainably so that future generations can benefit from them. FCRM has its part to play and we look to manage flood risk by using natural flood risk management techniques to store water in the landscape and to slow the flow of water reaching areas of risk downstream. We’re also passionate about helping our staff to develop. When you join the team, it’s my role to help you to build on your existing skills and qualifications and to develop your future career in the team.


What posts are available?

A list of the roles that are currently available to apply for can be seen below. We’ll be updating these as new positions become available so please check back and keep an eye on our social media pages for new updates!

We welcome applications for multiple posts (one application form per post) as well as applications for secondments. If you are interested in a secondment, please discuss with your employer and contact NRW as soon as possible.

Flood Risk Analysis Senior Advisor

We have an exciting opportunity in the Flood Risk Analysis (FRA) team based in North Wales. As a senior advisor in the FRA team you will produce timely and accurate flood risk information that underpins NRW’s flood risk work.You will lead and influence work with our professional partners, senior managers and Welsh Government, and actively contribute to specialist FRM sub-groups in developing policy and guidance. Project and budget management experience in delivering large complex projects is important and you will have excellent knowledge of hydraulic modelling and hydrological analysis (expert practical knowledge of 1D/2D fluvial or coastal modelling software).

Asset Performance Engineer

We have an exciting engineering opportunity in the asset performance team where you help to make sure that our flood risk assets are performing to the levels needed now and are ready to meet the future challenges of climate change.You will work alongside other engineers in the team in helping to manage flood risk by collecting and analysing flood risk asset information and to determine current and future asset management needs. In your role you will make sure that the principles of SMNR and Well-being of Future Generations Act are considered in your decision making.

Warning & Informing Advisor

This is an exciting new opportunity to join our Flood Warning & Informing team in North and Mid-Wales. Natural Resources Wales has a statutory duty to provide a flood warning service to communities at risk of flooding in Wales and we provide a service to over 120,000 people at risk of river and coastal flooding.
As part of the team you will manage and deliver the local flood warning service alongside incident preparedness for all incidents within the Operation Directorate. You will need to use your influencing skills when working with customers, and in establishing local partnerships. You will also need to consider the principles of SMNR and Well-being of Future Generations Act in your work.
You will help the team in the development and delivery of the flood warning service in North and Mid-Wales so that the area, it’s partners and the public are prepared to respond to flood events.

Data Management Advisor 

The Flood and Incident Management department have a vacancy for a Data Management Advisor in its Managing Flood Risk Asset Group. Your main responsibility will be to develop and deliver a data management plan for NRW’s Asset Management database (AMX). The work is cross cutting, and the postholder will be involved in several asset management related datasets and tasks under the direction and support of the data custodian.

Development & Flood Risk Enforcement Advisor (North and South)

The post holder will protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient investigation and enforcement (where necessary) of complex environmental offending, specific to Flood Risk and Water Management activities in relation to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2016 and other relevant legislation

Asset Performance Senior Engineer

Natural Resources Wales maintain over 4000 flood risk assets that include over 500km of flood defences. We have an exciting opportunity in our asset performance team where you will provide expert technical opinion and specialist technical engineering advice and guidance on asset management issues.
You will lead and manage the development of the Medium-Term Plan, taking into consideration strategic plans such as SMP2, and presenting sound business cases to programme board as required. You will manage capital and revenue projects, and will undertake a Senior User role and supervise consultants and contractors on frameworks to ensure a positive culture of Wellbeing, Health & Safety.

Senior Engineer - Mid Wales 

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Integrated Engineering team in mid Wales. The operational area is home to some of the most famous rivers in Wales such as the Wye, Severn and Teifi.  Your role will be to lead on the design and delivery of the flood risk asset maintenance programme, capital asset schemes, SMNR projects and Natural Flood Management projects. Contract and contractor management would also be an important element of the role. As lead Operations Engineer you would also be the key point of contact for advice on technical, H&S and Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the team. You would also be responsible for developing, testing and reviewing NRW’s ‘on the ground’ response plans for dealing with flood incident emergencies.

Senior Engineer - North West Wales

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Integrated Engineering team in North West Wales. The operational area is home to some of the most famous landscapes in Wales both inland and on the coast. Your role will be to lead on the design and delivery of the flood risk asset maintenance programme, capital asset schemes, SMNR projects and Natural Flood Management projects. Contract and contractor management would also be an important element of the role. As lead Operations Engineer you would also be the key point of contact for advice on technical, Health & Safety and Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the team. You would also be responsible for developing, testing and reviewing NRW’s ‘on the ground’ response plans for dealing with flood incident emergencies.

Warning & Informing Advisor

The post holder will be working as part of the team in the delivery of our flood warning service. They will be responsible for improving, maintaining and providing new service to communities identified at risk across South Wales. They will be responsible in preparing, planning and manage our response to flood incidents by ensuring local procedures are kept up to date. They will also be able to prepare and contribute to our incident management training and exercise plan to enable our duty officers and external partners to be better prepared for floods as part of their response.

Flood Warning & Informing Lead Specialist Advisor

We are recruiting a new Lead Specialist Advisor to lead the development of NRW's flood warning and informing policy and strategy and to deliver the transformation and continuous improvement of our flood warning and informing services. The role will lead programmes of work to improve our services and provide lead technical and specialist advice internally and externally on flood warning policy, systems and data. It will also be responsible for commissioning research and evaluating evidence.

Flood Forecasting Lead Specialist Advisor

We are recruiting a new Lead Specialist Advisor role to lead the development of NRW's flood forecasting policy and strategy and to deliver the transformation and continuous improvement of our flood forecasting capabilities. The role will lead programmes of work to improve our capabilities and provide lead technical and specialist advice internally and externally. It will also be responsible for commissioning research and evaluating evidence.

Flood Warning & Informing Specialist Advisor

We are recruiting a new Specialist Advisor to support the development of NRW's flood warning and informing policy and strategy and to lead, or contribute to, delivery projects to improve services. The role will also provide technical and specialist advice internally and externally on flood warning policy, systems and data.

Flood Warning & Informing Officer 

We are recruiting a new Officer to provide technical, programme and project support to this new team. Two posts are already in place within the team whilst another three new posts, including this one, will be recruited in the Autumn.
This role will support a growing team which will deliver an ambitious programme of work to improve our flood warning and informing services over the next five years, including drawing on lessons learnt from recent severe flooding in Wales. The team will also lead work to deliver a replacement Flood Warning System when our current contracted service ends in 2022. This will entail close working through our partnership with the Environment Agency in England as well as with customers in Wales to ensure any new system is resilient, meets customer needs and keeps pace with technological change.

x  4 Integrated workforce posts

We have a number of fixed term appointments in our Integrated Workforce teams across north east and mid Wales. As a member of the Integrated Workforce team you will carry out maintenance activities and help to deliver our capital projects on site. This involves working on flood risk assets and on other assets we own and maintain.  Incident response is a vital part of FCRMs role. A key element of your work in the Integrated Workforce team will be to carry out emergency response activities such as operating pumps and closing flood gates when needed.

 

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