U.K. nationals: Team Member 1 (Environmental Conservation Apprentice x5)

Natural Resources Wales

Various, , GB

Job Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an Integrated Workforce team within South Wales to deliver our commitment to SMNR and embed this principle in everything that we do. This is an apprentership role.  The post holder will receive learning and development opportunities to enable them to provide a maintenance service and deliver a capital work programme for NRW assets. Our work includes routine maintenance of flood defense structures, construction work, vegetation management, work within our National Nature Reserves, work in our forests and responding to flood and environmental incidents.     

You will attend Further Education College via day-release to complete an NVQ Level 2 in Environmental Conservation

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.

  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills

Other information relevant to the job:

The role requires some of out of hours work during emergency response and to be on an appropriate standby rota.

Key Job Accountabilities:

You will provide a manual labour service for the maintenance of NRW assets which include flood risk assets and NRW managed land. 

You will have the ability to operate equipment such as hand-held tools which may include chainsaws. 

You will have the ability to operate as a banksman and slinger/signaller.

You will have the ability to understand technical and utility plans and operate in compliance with the Construction Design and Management Regulations.

You will be a user of small plant and machinery i.e. Aebi/Reform, pedestrian mowers, woodchippers etc.

You may be part of an incident response team.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

ICT competence. (basic level)

Previous forestry, construction, agricultural, environmental or plant operators experience is desirable. 

This is a physically demanding role so reasonable levels of fitness are required.    

Confident working in and near water. 

Basic literacy and numeracy skills are required for the role.  GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and Maths are essential.   

Full UK driving licence ideally to include cat B + E. (trailer tow)  

What you will do

You will undertake a range of technical and practical tasks and activities that involves the maintenance of assets.

You will follow an agreed work plan set either by NRW or a service provider.

You will carry out work in line with agreed instructions ensuring compliance with health and safety requirements and legislation.

You will be responsible for the health and safety of others in your team, as well as members of the public or other individuals you interact with through your work.

You will maintain accurate records of work activity and complete documentation in line with any statutory requirements.

You will undertake work that will involve a range of physical activity, for example lifting, carrying, climbing etc.

You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role, which may include vehicles and large machinery.

Who you will be working with

You will work with colleagues from your team who are undertaking similar work but will also work alone out in the field.

You will interact with members of the general public in the course of your work as well as individuals from other organisations, dealing with basic questions and queries.

Where you will be working

You will work on different sites which will include working outdoors and which will most likely involve working in some unpleasant environments and potentially with some hazardous conditions, for which the appropriate training and PPE will be provided.

You will travel to and work at different sites and NRW offices.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have completed an approved apprenticeship in your discipline or have gained some practical work experience.

You will have attained a Level 2 Certificate in the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales or will have the aptitude to attain this within two years of appointment.

You will have undertaken the relevant statutory training certificates or operator licences or will be willing and able to attain such certificates with appropriate training.

You will be willing to undertake relevant training to ensure compliance with statutory regulations.

You will have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills to enable the completion of documentation and work records.

You will have reasonable communication skills to enable you to interact with members of the public whilst out in the field and communicate with others within your team and function.

You will be self-motivated and able to work alone, when required, with the ability and judgment to know when to seek guidance and advice.

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

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.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

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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