Biodiversity Advisor - Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Biodiversity Advisor - Sustainable Management of Natural Resources  

• Location: Flexible in any NRW office

• Post Numbers:  102892 

• Contract type: This is a fixed-term appointment until September 2019 

• Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week.

• Grade / Salary: 6 - £32,411

• Application closing date: 23 July 2018

Job Purpose: One of the key element of the Environment (Wales) Act is the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources which enables Wales’ resources to be managed in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.  The Biodiversity Advisor – Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) role will be responsible for supporting the work of Natural Resources Wales in developing our approach for delivering our Biodiversity duties under Section 6 and 7 of the Environment (Wales) Act. The post will be pivotal in supporting the development of Area Statements, evidence for Public Services Boards and readiness for the second State of the Natural Resources Report. This will require the ability to work with a large range of Welsh Government and NRW colleagues often in collaboration with external stakeholders. 

Job Specific Criteria: 

1) Education / professional experience. Educated to degree level or equivalent, or able to demonstrate comparable technical knowledge, in a relevant subject. Significant relevant professional experience.   Working knowledge and good understanding of the legal framework and EU, UK and Welsh legislation applicable to their sector(s) or area of responsibility. Essential.

2) Self-motivated, proven problem solver with strong communication skills. Proven ability to work independently demonstrating personal initiative, good organisational and analytical skills to deliver high quality work to tight timescales and ability to communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences effectively. Essential.

3) Clear natural resources knowledge base. A sound working knowledge of relevant legislation, regulation, policy, evidence and research. Essential.

4) Knowledge of spatial ecology theory and tools. A sound working knowledge of My Map, Arc GIS, spatial ecology and how opportunity mapping can help guide better decision making compliant with the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources for better land use and land management outcomes. Demonstrate an understanding of how this can be applied to influence opportunities via Area Statements, Public Services Boards and NRW customer interfaces. Desirable.

5) Able to apply the principles of SMNR in practice.  Ability and experience of working successfully in collaboration with others to develop policy, solve problems, deliver strategic programmes, plans or projects. Desirable.

6) Professional membership of a recognised professional body (e.g. Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers etc.) or working towards Professional Membership. Desirable.


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