Senior Specialist Officer – National Action Programme for Peatland

Senior Specialist Officer – National Action Programme for Peatland

Full-time, Fixed term appointment to 31/03/21 

Flexible location across our offices in Wales 

£34,427 rising to £37,656 over four years

Post number: 202560

Closing date: 8 July 2020


• Civil Service pension, 

• 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over 5 years, 

• Flexible working options,

• Occupational health including counselling and advisory services and eye care and salary sacrifice schemes.

About us

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic - rugged mountains and woodlands, beautiful landscapes and coastlines, and amazing wildlife.

They are vital for our survival and provide us with the basic things we need to live: clean air, clean water, and food. They create jobs for thousands of people like farmers, foresters, and tourist operators, creating wealth and prosperity.

They give us all a better quality of life and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors against a backdrop of Wales’ natural beauty and heritage. People come from far and wide to experience them. They are intrinsically linked with Welsh culture and language.

It’s our job in Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us: to help reduce the risk to people and properties of flooding and pollution; to look after special places for well-being, wildlife and timber; and to work with others to help us all to manage them sustainably. The people who work here in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality.

The role

The Welsh Government has made a Ministerial Commitment to ensure that all peatlands supporting semi-natural habitats are under active management by 2030 by supporting, enabling and co- ordinating the restoration and sustainable management of peatland, as well as utilising and maximising associated funding opportunities.

As the Project Officer for the National Action Programme for Peatlands you will lead on coordinating and managing the delivery of a wide range of large-scale peatland restoration capital works projects across Wales to support this Government backed aim.

The role offers the opportunity to work amidst some of Wales’ most beautiful countryside locations and can be based within any of our locations across Wales. 


We’re looking for a specialist who can demonstrate:

• Detailed knowledge of the conservation of peatland ecosystems, the Welsh, UK and EU legislation and the consenting requirements associated with working on protected sites.

• Experience of developing, procuring and field-managing large scale, complex projects involving restoration groundworks projects.

• Experience of using GIS systems to plan and record project activities.

• A degree in a biological, environmental science, geographical or earth science subject or relevant experience in discipline.

• Experience of assessing the condition and restoration requirements of peatland ecosystems

• Expertise in work planning, budgeting and contract management.

• Excellent report writing skills, and knowledge and experience of implementing relevant UK and European legislation.

• Experience of effective communications with a wide range if partners, ranging from individual land managers/owners and occupiers through to key strategic partners.

• Ability to work collaboratively with others and also independently with high standards of governance, demonstrating personal initiative and good organisational skills.

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