Environment Team

United Kingdom
12 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Environment Team
Fixed term until 31 July 2020
Working hours:37 hours per week
Salary: Grade 4 - GBP25,076

Job Purpose:

High levels of agricultural pollution incidents in Wales have caused significant fish kills and impacted on water quality. NRW along with its partners are developing a strategy and influencing policy to tackle agricultural pollution in Wales.

As part of this strategy, NRW is delivering a programme of work to undertake pollution prevention and potential enforcement that complements our existing work and that of other bodies. To help deliver this ambitious project, we are recruiting Environment Officers (Dairy Project) to five posts throughout Wales to deliver agricultural projects and activities to reduce agricultural pollution in the dairy sector.
The successful candidate's primary role will be working proactively in poor performing catchments engaging with farmers and land managers. They will provide advice and guidance on pollution prevention and compliance, help influence and implement best farming practice and where necessary take protective enforcement action to achieve compliance. Officers will work closely with NRM team and agricultural leads within NRW to ensure a consistent approach and delivery of work.

The Officers will carry out targeted advisory and compliance visits at dairy farms. Visits will be followed up in writing detailing necessary improvements, timescales, potential cross compliance breaches and potential protective response (Notices). There would be no county boundary restrictions to where these target visits take place and a risk-based approach would be taken to determine which farms are visited.
The officers will work closely with and help coordinate current and planned catchment initiatives and partnerships. The partners include Farming Unions, D??r Cymru catchment team, Afonydd Cymru Catchment Officers and Farming and Forestry Connect. This will ensure a joined-up partnership approach to deliver agricultural pollution prevention advice and enforcement avoiding the potential for duplication of effort.

Key Job Accountabilities:
You will;
  • Support the assessment of compliance with relevant legislation, including the collation of information into technical documents that will inform regulatory or place priorities.
  • Provide technical input to team consultations as required and support NRW representation on external forums.
  • Provide support to investigative programmes.
  • Deliver enhancement projects directly by identifying opportunities, specify works, obtain permits and procure work.
  • Supervise contractors who undertake work for NRW.
  • Support a resilient NRW Incident Management Service that follows NRW process.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have;
  • A working knowledge of environment management, agriculture, fisheries, conservation or biodiversity.
  • An understanding of the sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers and partners; explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles (cars and vans)

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