Administrator, Nature Networks

Closing date: 6 July 2022 | Location: Buckley | Salary: £27,003 to £30,688 (Grade 4)


Contract type: Fixed Term to 31 March 2025

Work pattern: Flexible 37 hours per week

Post number: 203089

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 the NRW location stated in this advert, 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

The post holder will provide technical support to the Programme Manager Strategic Projects, supporting delivery of Biodiversity programmes and projects to help deliver work such as Nature Networks, Dynamic Dunes NHLF Project and NRW’s LIFE programmes. This will  include database management, financial tracking, procurement, and managing of contracts and programmes.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Principal Advisor Strategic Projects by effective planning and monitoring of the Biodiversity Programme and Projects, contributing to corporate programmes and key performance indicators.
  • Establishing both internal and external relationships with key customers and stakeholders and gain an understanding of respective roles delivering outcomes for the business.
  • Complementing the LIFE, Dynamic Dunes and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience Fund (BERF) teams and contributing to team targets and performance indicators.
  • Acting as a first point of contact for Biodiversity programme work
  • Updating and managing a corporate data set to include financial and BERF programme tracker. 
  • Improving ways of working and offering suggestions for change. Learning from experience and constructive feedback
  • Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will have experience of the following:

  1. Previous experience in a Finance, administration and technical support related role.
  2. Must be self-motivated and show initiative.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public.
  4. Good planning skills.
  5. Good organisational skills.
  6. The ability to work collaboratively with other team members and external land agents and with an understanding delivery aims of the operational teams.
  7. Ability to monitor progress of work, identify gaps in the delivery of priorities and take remedial action to enhance the service and recommend appropriate reallocation of time and effort.
  8. Experience in all Microsoft office applications and proficient in DMS.

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.


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

  • Ability to demonstrate a good level of previous practical experience in a defined technical skill that enables the post holder to provide guidance and supervision to others, as well as undertake surveys and inspections and manage small discrete projects.  
  • Roles may be graduate entry level roles.
  • Technical, operational and project management skills are important.
  • Able to demonstrate a good level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills, with a good knowledge and understanding of health, safety and wellbeing, as well as public safety and public liability.
  • Able to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Technical skills in CAD, GIS and project appraisal may be required.
  • Ability to supervise contractors and have knowledge of safe working practices, together with the ability to undertake health and safety surveys and inspections. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to understand and interpret requirements, procedure manuals and statutory codes.
  • Ability to understand the obligations within contractual documentation, which may need to be measured and monitored.
  • Work undertaken by the post holder may also involve the use of CAD/GIS and some project assessment and evaluation.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Work will be guided by defined policies, procedures and expected outcomes and will be managed, rather than directly supervised.
  • Ability to interpret methods, allowing the post holder some discretion to vary or tailor the approach, within broad procedures.
  • May manage small projects requiring decisions to be taken around how best to achieve results, with a degree of problem solving.
  • Decisions may have a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • The post holder may be involved in contract design, tendering and project appraisal, although the post holder will generally make recommendations to others, rather than be the final decision maker.
  • The post holder may supervise contracts, supported by making operational decisions on a day to day basis, escalating issues as required.


  • The work primarily affects the direct environment, which may have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on the team, people and property.
  • The impact would be known fairly immediately and could be rectified and addressed quickly without any longer-term issues arising.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The post holder will have a high level of customer interaction requiring good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • The work may involve dealing with complaints and stakeholder liaison so that tact, diplomacy and the ability to deal sensitively with people or issues is important.
  • The work may involve the supervision of contractors requiring the post holder to brief and advise others.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holder will be responsible for tools and equipment used to carry out their role and ensure the correct operation of plant and equipment on site.
  • Equipment out in the field will generally be of a high value and individuals will be expected take responsibility for the safe and legal use of such equipment.

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

Please send a completed application form to:

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Application closing date: 6 July 2022

Interviews will take place on: Thursday 14 July 2022 via Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact:

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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