Specialist Advisor, Woodland Programme Implementation

  • Location: Flexible
  • Grade & Salary: Grade 6 – £33,427 rising to £37,656 over four years
  • Post number: 201488
  • Type of contract: Fixed Term Appointment until 30 November 2021
  • Work pattern: Mon-Fri 37-hour week
  • Welsh language requirements: Essential Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases
  • Working environment: Frequent travel will be required across Wales, including travel to agricultural holdings and within a forest environment. A full driving licence is beneficial however we may consider other options or methods of travel proposed from candidates

Interviews to take place when/where: October using Skype

Role Purpose

As the Specialist Advisor within the Woodland Programme Team, you will be the main provider of advice, direction and technical services for the successful delivery of Welsh Governments’ Glastir Woodland Creation and Restoration verification processes respectively to support compliance with the UK Forest Standard.

You will provide mentoring advice and guidance for complex Glastir Woodland Creation and Glastir Woodland Restoration schemes. You will be expected to undertake site visits either independently acting as an arbitrator and or with Woodland Advisor colleagues as and when asked.

You will organise and attend regular liaison meetings with Welsh Government colleagues to review Glastir guidance and or discuss complex cases, being responsible for ensuring the delivery of any follow-up actions. You will organise annual Glastir training sessions in conjunction with up to two annual field-based workshops. As the technical specialist you will be expected to work with a range of organisations across Wales to promote woodland creation and with all three Welsh National Parks to integrate woodland creation into their plans and strategies.

Where this role sits: In the Woodland Programme Team, which is part of the larger Sustainable Land Use Group of staff located in Natural Resources Wales’ Evidence, Policy and Permitting Directorate.

Applying for vacancy: The following categories 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.

  • Managing Resources (non-financial and/or financial)
  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with Others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Qualification and Skills.

What other information is relevant to the job? Frequent travel will be required across Wales, including travel to agricultural holdings and within a forest environment, on a regular basis. A full driving licence is beneficial however we may consider other options or methods of travel proposed from candidates.

Salary range is from £34,427, rising to £35,503, rising to £36,579, and finally rising to £37,656. Please note NRW are willing to go above the entry point where justified, including for an internal candidate.

Qualifications and Skills

Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to forestry land management and agriculture; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in land management including forestry and agriculture as set out in the Welsh Government’s Glastir programme; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.

Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of environmental information and data; including analysing large data sets.

Working with/in Welsh Government, across the forestry sector and other land management organisations.

Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.

You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership.

Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in Natural Resources Wales’ Evidence, Policy and Permitting Directorate as required.

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