U.K. nationals: Hydrology & Water Resources Advisor

Natural Resources Wales
United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job context

The 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 secure proper use of water resources, 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 join a team providing a hydrology, water resource assessment, flood risk assessment and geomorphology service across North West and North East Wales including the Upper Severn Area. The team also manage day to day operations for the Dee Regulation Scheme managing flows in the Dee from Bala down to Chester Weir.

The post holder will support other team members, internal and external customers, by quality assuring and analysing a wide variety of water quantity data and other information. You will produce reports to inform and to support decisions made across NRW, that rely on an understanding of river flows and water levels, that impact on peoples wellbeing and on the environment.

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

Job Purpose:

The post holder will provide technical assessments and professional advice on hydrological issues to customers and partners, to inform decision-making and contribute to protecting and enhancing the environment.

Consider the principles of SMNR and Well-being of Future Generations Act are considered in all decision making.

Key Job Accountabilities:

You will:

  • Provide accurate and timely support for operational decisions and environmental issues by carrying out analysis and interpretation of data and preparing reports from information and field investigations.
  • Contribute to investigations, identifying concerns and providing a first level technical response to the team / other functions, in line with NRW policy, to help influence and support environmental outcomes.
  • Check compliance with environmental standards and service levels and undertake front line investigation e.g. inspection, monitoring, survey work, to carry out and support the business plan and environmental outcomes.
  • Contribute to the successful implementation of emergency plans including drought and flood incident management.
  • Produce water situation and drought monitoring reports using hydrometric data and information provided by water companies.
  • Co-ordinate responses to correspondence and enquiries, ensuring that internal and external information is effectively processed and tracked to ensure compliance with NRW policy and procedure.
  • Develop and maintain a strong customer focus to ensure effective relationship building and partnership working to achieve environmental goals.
  • Maintain and develop information storage and retrieval systems and ensure that information is up to date and readily accessible to facilitate departmental workflow.
  • Participate in the development of team work plans and undertake any agreed actions effectively, to contribute to business planning and delivery.
  • Support health & safety best practice by actively promoting awareness and ensuring the provision of safe working practices to comply with Natural Resources Wales policies and standards.
  • Support the management of the River Dee to ensure the effective, timely and safe response to incidents and other operational requirements associated with flow management and flood warning in the catchment.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have:

  1. Degree in relevant scientific subject (e.g. physical geography, environment science or civil engineering).
  2. Member of appropriate professional body (e.g. CIWEM or ICE) or working towards membership.
  3. Relevant work experience in hydrology/water resources management/flood risk management/statistical data analysis and processing.
  4. Ability to demonstrate a basic understanding of hydrological or related issues e.g. different hydrological parameters, types of hydrological data, data measurement methods etc.
  5. Computer literate, experience in technical report writing and data manipulation.
  6. Full UK driving licence.

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.

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