Local recruitment: Geomorphology - Hydrology and Water Resource Management Team Member (Higher Education Placement)

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Job Summary
Job title:Geomorphology – Hydrology and Water Resource Management Team Member (Higher Education Placement)
Post Number203129
Grade2, £20,255 rising to £23,008 over three years
LocationFlexible in South Wales
DirectorateOperations (South Wales)
TeamHydrology and Water Resource Management (Ops)
Reports toTeam Leader, Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Direct Reports0
Welsh Language requirementsEssential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrasesPlease note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified 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.
Contract typeFixed Term appointment for 12-months
Work pattern37 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Application information
Application closing date10 April 2022
Interview to take place on and whereVia Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed
To apply send your completed application form to[email protected]
If you have any queries, contactLloyd Jones, Team Leader, Hydrology and Water Resource Management[email protected]

Job Context

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic – rugged mountains and woodlands, beautiful landscapes and coastlines, and amazing wildlife.

They are vital for our survival and provide us with the basic things we need to live: clean air, clean water, and food. They create jobs for thousands of people like farmers, foresters, and tourist operators, creating wealth and prosperity.

They give us all a better quality of life and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors against a backdrop of Wales’ natural beauty and heritage. People come from far and wide to experience them. They are intrinsically linked with Welsh culture and language.

It’s our job in Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us: to help reduce the risk to people and properties of flooding and pollution; to look after special places for well-being, wildlife and timber; and to work with others to help us all to manage them sustainably. The people who work here in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality.

About the Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Further Education Placement programme

The climate emergency is something that will affect us all. It’s predicted that Wales can expect more severe and frequent storms, higher sea-levels, and increased rates of coastal erosion in the future.

To make sure that we’re in the best shape we can be to meet these future challenges and protect communities across Wales from flooding, our FCRM team are looking to develop the next crop of flood risk management specialists.

We have four exciting 12 month paid placement opportunities available, for students who have recently qualified at HNC, HND and degree level, or are undertaking a mid-year placement as part a relevant degree related to flood risk management.

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work with NRW’s Geomorphology specialists where you’ll help to provide both internal and external customers with advice and guidance relating to flood risk management, water resource management and the Water Framework Directive (WFD). You’ll also support the team to deliver a range of technical reports and provide comments on Flood Risk Activity Permits, Abstraction Licences, WFD assessments and Habitats Directive Assessments.

You may also be required to support the teams input to:

  • investigation of unauthorised in-river works;
  • river restoration projects;
  • natural flood management initiatives; and
  • catchment partnerships

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.

Other information relevant to the job:

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

Applying for this post

The following competencies will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making and Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Competencies
Essential Knowledge and SkillsAbility to demonstrate a good level of previous practical experience in a defined technical skill that enables the post holder to provide guidance and supervision to others, as well as undertake surveys and inspections and manage small discrete projects.   Roles may be graduate entry level roles.Technical, operational and project management skills are important.Able to demonstrate a good level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills, with a good knowledge and understanding of health, safety and wellbeing, as well as public safety and public liability.Able to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.Technical skills in CAD, GIS and project appraisal may be required.Ability to supervise contractors and have knowledge of safe working practices, together with the ability to undertake health and safety surveys and inspections. 
Evaluation of InformationAbility to understand and interpret requirements, procedure manuals and statutory codes.Ability to understand the obligations within contractual documentation, which may need to be measured and monitored.Work undertaken by the post holder may also involve the use of CAD/GIS and some project assessment and evaluation.
Decision Making and Autonomy RequirementsWork will be guided by defined policies, procedures and expected outcomes and will be managed, rather than directly supervised.Ability to interpret methods, allowing the post holder some discretion to vary or tailor the approach, within broad procedures.May manage small projects requiring decisions to be taken around how best to achieve results, with a degree of problem solving.Decisions may have a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.The post holder may be involved in contract design, tendering and project appraisal, although the post holder will generally make recommendations to others, rather than be the final decision maker.The post holder may supervise contracts, supported by making operational decisions on a day to day basis, escalating issues as required.
ImpactThe work primarily affects the direct environment, which may have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on the team, people and property.The impact would be known fairly immediately and could be rectified and addressed quickly without any longer-term issues arising.
Communication and Relationships with OthersThe post holder will have a high level of customer interaction requiring good communication skills, both verbal and written.The work may involve dealing with complaints and stakeholder liaison so that tact, diplomacy and the ability to deal sensitively with people or issues is important.The work may involve the supervision of contractors requiring the post holder to brief and advise others.
Role Description
Job Purpose:This is a one-year placement role for someone who has recently qualified (within 18 months) at HNC, HND or degree level, or is currently undertaking a higher education sandwich course requiring a year placement, in flood risk management related subjects such as engineering, earth sciences, geography, ecology or a related subject.Working with NRW’s Geomorphology Specialists you will help to provide both internal and external customers with advice and guidance relating to flood risk management, water resource management and the Water Framework Directive (WFD).Specifically, you will provide comments on Flood Risk Activity Permits, Abstraction Licences, WFD assessments and Habitats Directive Assessments.You may also be required to support the teams input to:investigation of unauthorised in river works;river restoration projects;natural flood management initiatives; andCatchment partnerships.
Key Job Accountabilities:You will:work in partnership with internal and external customers to improve the environment and maximise wellbeing benefits for the people of Walesattend site meeting with internal and external customersuse desk based and field-based data collection methods to assess the impact of changes to river form and associated habitatsupport the delivery of technical reports; andcontribute to the efficient and effective delivery of the team’s work.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:You will have:Recently qualified (within 18 months) at HNC, HND or degree level, or is currently undertaking a higher education sandwich course requiring a year placement, in flood risk management related subjects such as engineering, earth sciences, geography or ecology.A good understanding of geomorphological processes, hydrology, or ecology. Preferably you will have some understanding of the interaction between river form, hydrology, and ecology.Good communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus. Ability to build effective working relationship with colleagues and partners.Good ICT skills (essential).Full UK driving licence (essential).Ability to undertake fieldwork in sometimes physically demanding environments.Ability to Swim (you will be required to attend working in and near water safety training)

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 and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.


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