U.K. nationals: Environmental Data Collection Officer

Natural Resources Wales

North West Wales, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job context  

Job Purpose

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team as an Environmental Data Collection Officer for northwest Wales. You would work as part of the NW Wales Environmental Assessment and Advice Team. We provide multifunctional advice and monitoring across NW Wales. This post will focus on delivery in the field across Gwynedd. You will be confident about working outdoors in different field environments, weather conditions, and sometimes in remote locations, and you will be comfortable working in water to carry out data collection and survey work. This varied role, based in the field, includes:

  • Collect routine water quality samples in rivers, lakes and bathing waters.
  • Ecological kick-sampling to detect invertebrates and diatoms.
  • Terrestrial monitoring support.
  • Drive from site to site, including some routes when a 4×4 vehicle is required.
  • Use technology to collect data in the field with a hand held meter and input data on a tablet device.
  • Operating equipment such as data sondes and passive sampling equipment in a river.

The data collected by our team are used to report against statutory requirements and are key evidence used by Place Teams in Wales, to inform their decisions and actions in the sustainable management of our natural resources.

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.

  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills

Other information relevant to the job:

This is fixed term post, ending 31st March 2021. Candidates must have a valid, UK, manual driving licence, and must be able to swim.  

Job Purpose:

A member of a multidisciplinary team that provides environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting.

Reporting to the Environmental Assessment and Advice Team Leader, the post-holder will undertake sampling and data collection activities in support of our environmental monitoring programmes, including  

  • Chemical samples (Marine and Freshwater water quality and
  • bathing water samples)
  • Ecological samples
  • Freshwater and Intertidal fisheries surveys
  • Terrestrial habitat surveys

The post-holder will also support place-based teams with undertaking monitoring activities for incident response and investigations to deliver positive environmental outcomes.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The postholder will;

  • Carry out survey work and data collection, in order to help deliver our monitoring programmes as part of the business plan and environmental outcomes.
  • Be familiar with current laboratory procedures and data entry requirement, and upload data directly to the laboratory databases.
  • Support EAO in scheduling their own and team members sampling on LIMS.
  • Provide good quality data via field sampling and undertake initial data quality assurance in the field.
  • Help support colleagues in developing and maintaining skills for specific sampling techniques.
  • Train and supervise seasonal assistants to deliver annual sampling work.
  • Be able to lead small team of staff in delivering operational sampling e.g. electrofishing Officer in Charge.
  • Interpret and implement basic scientific and technical procedures and principles in an integrated way to ensure monitoring activities are carried out to the required standards.
  • Provide sampling advice and support to other monitoring staff; test and apply improved sampling techniques / technologies.
  • Support investigations, identify concerns and respond to the team/other functions, in line with our own policies, to support positive environmental outcomes.
  • Maintain specialist sampling equipment.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have;

  1. Experience of operational sampling and/or monitoring.
  2. Experience of team working.
  3. Reasonable knowledge of terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, water quality, fisheries or earth science.
  4. Data and information management experience.
  5. A current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles (cars and vans).
  6. Ability to swim and be confident working in water. (Essential)
  7. IT competencies; MS Office and database experience.

What you will do

You will implement a modest programme of work, contribute to small projects and provide guidance and support to the team.

You will provide subject matter expertise in relation to a technical discipline including monitoring, regulation and 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 manipulate data from systems and gather information from different sources to produce documents related to the programme of work.

You will determine how best to achieve results by applying technical judgment and initiative.

You will work within a discrete area but where work that is carried out incorrectly will impact on third parties and the wider team.

You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role, which will include use out in the field.

Who you will be working with

You will have a high degree of interaction with people on a regular basis which will include both colleagues and external contacts.

You will advise, brief and provide guidance to others in relation to the projects that you lead, which may also include allocation of work.

You will at times engage with difficult or challenging customers which may be in sensitive or complex situations which will require tact and patience to manage such situations.

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 working conditions and environments, which will require carrying equipment with you as required.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have previous practical experience in a discrete technical discipline or scientific environment which enables you to implement programmes of work.

You will have subject matter expertise within a defined and discrete technical discipline that enables you to provide guidance to others.

You do not require any specific qualifications, but it is expected that you will have achieved the equivalent of Level 4 of the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales, or you will have the equivalent level of knowledge.

You will, given the technical nature of the work, be required to remain up to date with change that relate to your technical discipline.

You will have good communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills including systems knowledge.

You will have analytical skills that enable you to produce accurate reports and information based on sound analytical processes.

You will have good inter-personal skills and able to foster good working relationships and deal with potentially challenging and sensitive situations.

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.