Geomorphologist

Closing date: 5 July 2022 | Salary: 5, £31,490-£34,902 | Location: Flexible within North Wales

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: 37 hours a week. Monday-Friday

Post number: 202862

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to a NRW office within the place base, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

You’ll be joining the Hydrology, Geomorphology and Water Resources Management Team in North Wales, within our Flood and Water Management Department. We are a large multi-functional team that covers North and Mid Wales. You’ll be working on some of Wales most iconic rivers including the Dee, Conwy and Severn. The role will include a mixture of site and office-based work, and you’ll have the opportunity to provide practical solutions that will help us address the Nature and Climate Emergency. 

We are currently increasing our Geomorphology capacity and you will be one of three Geomorphologists covering North & Mid Wales. You will also be part of a wider group delivering Geomorphology across Wales, working closely with our sister team in South Wales and our Head Office colleagues.

You’ll provide a comprehensive technical fluvial geomorphology support service to internal customers and partners. You’ll support delivery of several high-profile river restoration projects across North Wales. Also, you’ll provide advice and guidance on Flood Risk Activity Permits and Water Abstraction Licences, helping us to maintain and enhance ecosystem resilience and improve wellbeing across Wales.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  • Analyse, interpret and prepare reports on technical scientific data, providing good quality information to the relevant teams, to support their decisions and to help them to protect the environment.  
  • Investigate and comment on referred permit applications, providing a technical response to NRW permitting centre, authorities, developers, NRM teams in line with current NRW policy, to influence and promote sustainable permitting and development.  
  • Advise on compliance with the Water Framework Directive (WFD), and other relevant legislation.
  • Act as a technical advisor on river restoration, bioengineering and natural flood management (NFM) measures
  • Provide technical input into guidance for Flood Risk Management, Permitting, Enforcement, Restoring Sustainable Abstraction, and other appropriate projects.
  • Provide technical input to the development of future geomorphological practices, particularly focussing on its role in the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.
  • Provide technical support to NRW colleagues on complex geomorphological issues.
  • Contribute to the successful development and implementation of emergency plans including drought and flood incident management. 
  • Support health & safety best practice by actively promoting awareness and ensuring the provision of safe working practices to comply with Environment Agency policies and standards. 
  • Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Degree in relevant scientific subject (e.g. physical geography, environment science or civil engineering).   
  2. Graduate member of appropriate professional body (e.g. CIWEM or ICE) working towards becoming chartered. 
  3. Able to demonstrate competency in geomorphological  science and have the ability to apply practically and innovatively at an operational level.  Experience will have been gained over and number of years using geomorphological methods,  techniques  and calculations, with some experience of working on site on rivers.
  4. Good understanding of hydromorphological elements of the Water Framework Directive, as well as the ability to write technical reports on such aspects.
  5. Ability to convey technical information to non-specialists.
  6. Ability to undertake fieldwork in sometimes physically demanding environments.
  7. Full UK driving licence. 

Welsh language requirements: Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement 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.

Competencies

Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

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.

Impact

  • 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.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • weekly well-being hour to use at your choice

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Application form 

Guidance on completing a job application form

Send completed applications forms to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Application closing date: 5 July 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Rob Bissell or Oly Lowe at :

Robert.Bissell@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

07468 742442

oliver.lowe@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

03000 654549

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. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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