U.K. nationals: Development & Flood Risk Enforcement Advisor
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.
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.
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
- Making and Autonomy
- Communications and Relationships with Others
- Responsibility for People
- Responsibility for Resources
Other information relevant to the job
Some out of hours work will be necessary.
You will be expected to participate in an incident response rota
Essential Knowledge and Skills
- Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
- Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
- Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
- Experience of supervising others is desirable.
Evaluation of Information
- Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
- Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
- Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
- Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
- Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
- Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues.
- Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.
- The work undertaken is generally within a discrete area, so will primarily affect the direct environment, but may also extend across other subject and work areas.
- Aspects of the work may also have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on third parties and a wider area.
Communication and Relationships with Others
- Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
- Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.
Responsibility for People
- No line management responsibility; but will supervise others in specific activities or pieces of work.
Responsibility for Resources
- Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of tools and equipment used to carry out their work.
- Post holders will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.
- We are passionate about the natural environment of Wales
- We care for each other and the people we work with
- We act with integrity
- We make a difference now and for the future
- We are proud to serve the people of Wales
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 & Wales) 2016 and other relevant legislation.
Assess, determine and check compliance of Flood Risk Activity Permits (FRAPs).
Provide operation enforcement support and guidance to the wider organisation where appropriate.
Consider the principles of SMNR and Well-being of Future Generations Act are considered in all decision making.
Key Job Accountabilities:
- Plan and manage own workload as part of a wider programme of work delivered by the team.
- Take appropriate actions to investigate and collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures
- Provide enforcement support to wider organisation.
- Deliver and support surveillance operations.
- Provide opinion and advice on enforcement procedures, evidence gathering and warrant applications, in line with current policies and legislation, to enable NRW to take appropriate action in accordance with its enforcement and prosecution policy.
- Coach and develop team members on new and existing enforcement policies, procedures and techniques equipping them with the knowledge and skills to deliver their work in an effective and efficient manner. Liaise with other internal teams and external organisations, to establish sources of intelligence and to collate and share advice and information so that all parties possess the necessary information to perform and deliver their work.
- Attend court to represent and give evidence on behalf of the organisation to secure appropriate enforcement action in line with NRW’s enforcement policies.
- Respond to incidents and complaints.
- Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:
You will have
- Knowledge of key legislation pertinent to our Flood Risk Activities
- Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public and gaining support and agreement through influencing.
- Understanding of flood risk mechanisms/sources of flooding and fluvial hydrology.
- Able and competent in dealing with challenging situations and individuals.
- Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
- Good knowledge and experience of GIS systems and data management.
- Good report writing skills
- Must have a full UK driving licence
What you will do
You will provide expertise to a defined area or function undertaking a range of work that supports regulation and environmental responsibilities of NRW.
You may be involved in work relating to incident response.
You will refer to procedure manuals, relevant statutory codes and legislation in undertaking the work, undertaking analysis and interpreting requirements as necessary.
You will process and analyse non-routine information that has an element of complexity and will be of a technical nature.
You will undertake work within a discrete area although the work has the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact across other subject areas and third parties.
You will provide guidance to less experienced colleagues in the resolution of problems
You will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.
You will determine how best to achieve results by applying technical judgment and creativity, altering priorities if there are conflicting demands.
You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role.
Who you will be working with
You will supervise others in specific activities or pieces of work.
You will work with a range of people across NRW functions, together with external parties.
Where you will be working
Your role will be primarily office based but may entail travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises.
You will also work outdoors at different sites and may be exposed to unpleasant conditions from time to time.
What knowledge and skills you need
You will have a degree level qualification in a relevant subject area or the equivalent level of knowledge.
You will have subject matter expertise within a defined area that enables you to provide guidance to others.
You may not be a subject matter expert in all areas but will have a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
You will have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
You will have analytical skills that enables you to process and analyse technical information.
You will have good inter-personal and influencing skills and able develop and sustain good working relationships.
You will, ideally, have previous supervisory experience.
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
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