Environmental Monitoring Advisor, Data Services

Closing date: 2 October 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 (Grade 5)Location: Flexible within Wales

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2023

Work pattern: 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

Post number: 203345

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.

Job description

We are looking for someone with excellent data management skills to join our Monitoring Strategy and Planning Team. You will support our team’s use of Excel and Power Bi and contribute to improvements in our team’s data management e.g. the planning and tracking of our environmental monitoring in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments. This is an opportunity for a data specialist to work with our expert environmental monitoring teams who are a key part of NRWs response to the climate and nature emergencies.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Support the development of NRW's suite of monitoring data tools (e.g. The Protected Sites Management System – Evidence and Monitoring Module) by providing technical database/service administration and configuration; managing user permissions; working closely with colleagues in ICT, EPP, Operations, external contractors or partners on developments and upgrades.
  • Import, export, transform, validate and quality assure NRW data following NRW/industry standards.  This will be across a variety of data themes, data formats and from a range of IT applications. 
  • Provide technical support, training and draft guidance for NRW staff, contractors and external customers; dealing with complex technical support queries from staff in the use of NRW's monitoring data tools.
  • Advise and assist NRW data custodians, Information Asset Owners and subject matter experts to manage publishing and exchange and assess datasets against our open data criteria for publication or restricted/licensed exchange.
  • Create data products that meet operational and external customer needs across a range of data themes and formats.
  • Support the team leader and monitoring data specialists to deliver improvement projects and solutions by contributing to the specification, testing and service introduction of new solutions (e.g. planning and tracking of marine, freshwater and terrestrial monitoring programmes).
  • Represent monitoring data services in relevant task and finish groups, networks and governance groups.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Excellent data management skills and experience in managing data in a business context e.g. collating, warehousing, publishing, managing, transforming, manipulating, interrogating, archiving, extracting, analysing and using data; including experience in using enterprise cataloguing, publishing or transformation tools.
  2. Experience of database administration of either a corporate database, a data warehouse, data catalogue, data integration tools, data interrogation or publishing tools.
  3. An understanding of external policies and legislation that govern the way that we share and publish our data, data sensitivities and experience of managing sensitive and confidential information.
  4. Degree in a relevant subject or a good grounding in data management, natural, environmental or computer science.
  5. Experience of providing users support and written guidance in a data or IT environment.  An understanding of the ITIL framework or similar governance framework for application development and user support is desirable.

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.


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

  • Range of technical/specialist knowledge and skills gained through previous experience.
  • Provide professional/technical/specialist advice to others on their subject area.
  • Good communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills, with ability to organise and manage their own workload.

Evaluation of Information

  • Analysis and interpretations of data and information. Provide guidance and advice to others on technical/specialist matters.
  • Produce documentation from a variety of sources which may require some degree of originality. The content will have some technical or specialist element to it.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Will be guided by expected results but the post holder may be able to decide how best to achieve these, within defined parameters.
  • Guidance provided by others but there will be some degree of judgment or creativity applied based on  technical knowledge and/or specialist skills.
  • Ability to problem solving and make decisions with a range of solutions, requiring some investigation/analysis before coming to a conclusion. There will be a limited range of options with known solutions, which will require a technical/specialist insight to the issue.
  • Adaptable and able to manage workflow. May take responsibility for management of small, less complex projects.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Communication across a range of NRW functions and possibly to external contacts and third parties. To provide advice and guidance to individuals who are not familiar with the technical/specialist discipline. This will require an ability to translate and present technical/specialist information in a way that others can understand.
  • Well-developed skills to develop and sustain good working relationships/networks which are likely to be on-going and 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
  • competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

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

How to apply

Please send a completed Application form to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk using the post number as the email reference.

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 2 October 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Sue Byrne at sue.byrne@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or Timothy Ellis Timothy.Ellis@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk


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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