Local recruitment: Sustainable Water Advisor

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Job Summary

Job TitleSustainable Water Advisor
Post Number201329
Grade4.  £27,003 rising to £30,688 over three years
DirectorateEvidence, Permitting and Planning
TeamIntegrated Water Planning Team
Reports toTeam Leader
Direct ReportsNone
Welsh Language requirementsEssential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrasesDesirable Level 3 – Able to pronounce Welsh in some work situationsPlease 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 typePermanent
Work patternFull Time

Application information

Application closing date5 May 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, contact[email protected]

Job Context

The integrated Water Planning team takes a holistic view of management of the water environment. The successful candidate will play a critical role in bringing various activities together across the Sustainable Water Group and provide a focus for internal and external communications. This will include developing communication material, arranging for translation and website services, supporting governance groups, and developing other areas of work as required. This is an exciting period for the water environment and stakeholder interest is very high. This role will help protect and improve our interests in rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

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
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and SkillsAbility to undertake a range of practical or technical tasks requiring some specialist knowledge.  Post holders will have gained experience in different environments, which could be within NRW or partnering organisations. The post holder will have the ability to continuously develop their underpinning theoretical and technical knowledge.The post holder will provide advice to others in relation to their area of expertise. They will keep up to date with the external operating environment and how it may impact on NRW’s work.The post holder will have specialist technical knowledge, good communication, literacy and IT skills as well as good organisational and planning skills.
Evaluation of InformationAbility to interpret and understand a range of information including technical data, extracting key points and principles upon which they will provide the building blocks for the development of internal policy, strategy and plans.Ability to produce documents with technical/specialist content which may require some original thought, creativity and understanding.
ImpactThe post holder’s work will extend beyond the immediate team and will inform and influence the work of others.
Communication and Relationships with OthersRelationships and communication will be across a range of people and functions and will be of both an internal and external nature.The post holder will be able to communicate articulate matters relating to policy, strategy and plans, which may encompass leading programmes of work, providing technical support and guidance to the team.The post holder will be able to produce written documentation in relation to policy and strategy which will require good written skills. They will have the ability to undertake research, distil information and to translate this into meaningful policy advice.

Role Description

Job Purpose:To provide specialist support for NRW on integrated water planning through delivering the building blocks for the development of policy, strategy, plans and deliver support the Water Groups roles and responsibilities, including working with other members of the EPP Department. 
Key Job Accountabilities:The post holder will:Support the development of technical assessments, drawing on a range of information and data sources.Support the preparation of material to inform  NRW Policy and  Guidance documents, and statutory advice to WG and other bodies in Wales.Support the provision of regular accurate information to managers on progress, to adapt and ensure delivery of work to time and cost.Process queries relating to Integrated Water Planning from internal teams, Welsh Government and customers, and take advice from operational and regulatory staff to ensure resolution.Provide secretariat support to relevant governance groups or meetings with Welsh Government and sectors.Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, Environment Agency, SEPA and NIEA, and other Environment bodies in the UK; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to WFD; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in WFD; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of environmental information and data and analysing large data sets.Working with/in water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, National Parks.Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.Working towards professional membership or aspiration to become a professional member of a relevant institution.Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.

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.

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