Local recruitment: Environmental Assessment Officer

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Job Summary
Job TitleOfficer 2 (Environmental Assessment Officer)
Post Number202335
Grade5, £30,873 rising to £34,218 over four years
TeamEnvironmental Assessment and Advice Team
Reports toTeam Leader Environmental and Advice Team
Direct ReportsNone
Welsh Language requirementsEssential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrasesPlease note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Contract typeFixed Term appointment until 31 Match 2022.
Work patternFull time, 37 hours a week.
Application information
Application closing date1 August 2021
Interview to take place on and whereVia Microsoft team, date to be confirmed.
To apply send your completed application form to[email protected]  
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Job context

Environmental Assessment and Advice Team are a multifunctional team undertaking terrestrial and freshwater ecology, water quality and fishery surveys and investigations. Our work provides evidence that enables delivery of environmental outcomes to Place whilst meeting statutory and national requirements.

We are looking to recruit an experienced water quality officer to help us deliver our water quality monitoring programme evidence and reporting requirements. Responsibilities will include the following:

  • undertake WQ data information requests for internal and external customers
  • support teams with improving compliance processes and risk based compliance monitoring programme reviews
  • WQ permit compliance assessment, tracking and reporting, including the OFWAT and directive returns,
  • develop systems for checking evidence against directive limits
  • update and maintain quality assured information on relevant databases

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
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
Essential Knowledge and SkillsExpertise 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 InformationDemonstrates 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 RequirementsAbility 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.
ImpactThe 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 OthersDemonstrates 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.
#TeamNRW Values
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​​​​​

Other information relevant to the job:

You will hold a relevant degree or equivalent. You must have experience with data custodianship and data systems management.  Ideally, you will also have experience of water quality chemistry analytical data and be familiar with current water discharge permit legislation.

There may be an opportunity to support others within this multi-skilled team with field work and so you will need to be able to swim and hold a full UK driving licence.

Role Description
Job Purpose:A member of a multidisciplinary team that provides environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting.  Support the planning and implementation of monitoring and assessment programmes and contributing to reporting programmes.Deliver environmental monitoring programmes (including freshwater and marine chemical water quality, ecology, fisheries and terrestrial species and habitats) by leading on survey and monitoring activity including, when necessary incident response, planning and scheduling of work programmes and delivery.As a technical monitoring officer in a particular monitoring discipline, the post-holder will support delivery of environmental monitoring programmes through analysis, interpretation and reporting of samples and or environmental data.Support the Team Leader in planning, co-coordinating and tracking delivery of monitoring programmes, as well as liaising with NRW Analytical Services, OMAR teams and other place-based teams on sampling requirements.  
Key Job Accountabilities:You will;Undertake ad hoc and routine system administration, data quality assurance, analysis and reporting.Provide specialist, monitoring technical advice and guidance to internal and external customers, from a range of sources; helping ensure that decisions are based on sound technical judgement, in line with current legislation and best practice. Produce technical reports analysing and interpreting national and local datasets for operational work, public enquiries, court appeals etc.Help ensure that NRW’s monitoring data is collected and stored to the quality standards prescribed by European and UK legislation and by NRW policy.Assist Senior EAO and TL in planning, scheduling and tracking the annual survey and monitoring programmes, with regards to sampling activities.Advise on specialist non-routine monitoring/survey work and the analysis of data including input on delivery of operational measures.Contribute to delivery of survey and monitoring programmes.Guide, advise and support internal and external customers, ensuring decisions are made on sound technical data and information.Help resolve local issues by providing scientific and technical advice/interpretation of monitoring data.Assist in the development, implementation of new monitoring and reporting methods, including collaboration with partner organisations at a local level.Respond to requests for information relating to monitoring data, within specified deadlines.Maintain and procure specialist sampling equipment.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:You will have;Experience of analysing samples, field-based monitoring / surveillance, interpreting and reporting on environmental data and practical knowledge of a wide range of monitoring activities and methodologies.Expertise in terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, water quality fisheries or earth science.Excellent report writing skills and knowledge of relevant legislation.Experience of monitoring data management systems, as well as practical understanding of technical monitoring solutions and practices.Good analytical skills including statistics, and knowledge of data handling including GIS.An excellent communicator with good organisational skills.Ability to undertake fieldwork in sometimes physically demanding environments.

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

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.

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