Specialist Environmental Planning Advisor
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2023 (with the possibility of extension)
Work pattern: 37 hours
Post number: 203293
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 nearest NRW office to your home, 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.
We are looking for a team member to help us make a positive difference to the environment in Wales. As part of a dedicated project-team, you will lead on developing advice and guidance to help ensure the integrity of riverine Special Areas of Conservation which are sensitive to increases in phosphorous from development. The role will involve working closely with various environmental specialisms within NRW as well as a range of external stakeholders. You will be a planner with a good understanding of how to consider potential effects from development on catchment processes (including water quality) or have worked in environmental management with a good knowledge of the planning system.
Your responsibilities will include to:
- Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data.
- Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, advice and guidance documents.
- Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
- Liaise with external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, planning authorities, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
- Advise on evidence needs and opportunities and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
- Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, POSW, PEDW, PINS, sector and business leads, professional and other statutory bodies in the UK to influence development projects at the earliest opportunity; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.
- Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the assigned sector(s) identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector(s).
- Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as require.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to land use planning. Welsh, UK Government policy drivers and strategies in land use planning and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex land use planning and spatial information and data sources including the preparation of LA development plans, development planning and environmental assessment (SEA, HRA and EIA) processes.
- Working with Welsh Government, PINS, Local Authorities, Designated Landscapes, professional bodies business and sectors.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will be a member of RTPI/other environment professional body and/or working towards membership.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.
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
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
Responsibility for Resources
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 as you choose
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date 21 August 2022
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Adrian James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03000 654534 / Gideon Carpenter at email@example.com or 03000 653562
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.
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