U.K. nationals: River Restoration Officer (Dee LIFE)

Natural Resources Wales

Bala or Buckley, , GB

Job Summary:

River Dee LIFE Restoration is a £6.8m project funded by the EU LIFE programme, Welsh Government, Environment Agency, Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water and Snowdonia National Park to transform the river Dee and its catchment in order to restore populations of declining species and habitats. The project aims to help restore populations of salmon, lamprey and freshwater pearl mussels.

A full copy of the bid can be requested from Joel Rees-Jones (email above), containing details of the details of the river restoration work to be carried out.

You will work with the Project team, NRW staff, partners and external organisations to deliver a range of habitat improvements across the Dee catchment to improve habitat type and availability for the target species.  You will assist the Senior Officer, River Restoration to deliver the work involved in the LIFE project.  You will also be required to assist the Senior Officer, Monitoring, to ensure the monitoring objectives of the project are realised. 

It is expected that you will have experience managing contractors on small scale projects, with a knowledge of fisheries management and river restoration techinques an advantage. 

You will give presentations to interested groups, such as Angling Clubs, farming and recreational groups, to raise awareness of the river and it’s wildlife’s importance, and to raise the profile of the LIFE project.

You will support the Senior Officer, River Restoration and Senior Officer, Monitoring in their work as required. 

You will ensure good governance of the project, including strict adherence to NRW’s procurement and wellbeing, health and safety practices.

Applying for this post:

The following categories 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.

·         Managing Resources (non-financial and/or financial)

·         Forward Thinking

·         Analysing and Judgement

·         Collaborating with others

·         Advising and Influencing

·         Customer Focus

·         Qualifications and Skills

Other information relevant to the job:

The job will require occasional evening and weekend working

Job Purpose:

As a member of the LIFEDeeRiver project team, you will deliver the ambitious work programme (from 03/09/19 to 31/12/24) of practical site restoration, weir removal, fish pass construction, monitoring and stakeholder engagement work planned across the river Dee Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in Wales.

Together with other project team members, you will support the Team Leader in ensuring delivery of the project objectives and targets and in reporting progress according to agreed milestones.  You will ensure good governance of the project, including strict adherence to NRW’s procurement and wellbeing, health and safety practices.

Key Job Accountabilities:

Work with other project team members, external stakeholders and other NRW staff, to plan and develop the detailed programme of site restoration, weir removal, fish pass construction, monitoring and stakeholder engagement work across the river Dee for the project period.

Deliver all practical on-site management, restoration and monitoring works to exemplary standards through a combination of first-hand on-site work and close supervision of specialist contractors.

Develop and manage multiple and overlapping contracts covering all aspects of the project.

Maintain detailed records of progress with project implementation to support reporting at key milestones. Collate and analysis project monitoring data to quantify the effectiveness of project actions. Present and share results and learning via written reports and other methods.  

Attend and actively contribute to regular meetings of the LIFE project team, and supporting the Team Leader at Project Board and Steering Group meetings.

Attend events and give talks to a wide range of interest groups

Manage the budget allocated to project elements you are responsible for and maintain relationships with third party suppliers to meet value for money and spend profile requirements.

Work with a wide range of stakeholders using a variety of engagement methods to increase understanding and appreciation of the requirements for and societal benefits resulting from river restoration, LIFE and the Natura 2000 site series.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

Detailed knowledge of river restoration techniques, formal fish pass design and construction,  

Experience managing contractors.

Excellent team working and communication skills and the ability to represent the LIFE project to a variety of audiences including external land managers.

The ability to undertake physically demanding field work in a variety of weather conditions and terrains. Where necessary/appropriate this includes lone working.

The ability to currently and legally drive a car in the UK.