The post holder will undertake and project manage the assessment of environmental risks and opportunities of NRW and Welsh Government projects and strategies. This will require facilitation and liaison with technical staff across NRW and WG to ensure project and plan objectives are met, whilst also meeting the objectives of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) and contributing to the Wellbeing Goals.
The role will:
- Deliver the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of WG’s National Flood Risk Management Strategy, influencing the strategy development in line with SMNR and Sustainable Development (SD) principles.
- Lead on the management of environmental risk across a portfolio of NRW projects and plans using environmental assessment to ensure NRW is legally compliant, including embedding SMNR and SD principles.
- Work with Environmental Assessment Team Leader to produce Operational Guidance notes on SEA, using experience from SEA practice and seeking innovative ways to streamline the process.
- Work closely with the Area Statement leads across the organisation to advise on statutory SEA and also to ensure they are developed in a way that maximises their influence over future internal and external plan development.
The successful applicant will need to be a confident communicator and team player, with good data and evidence handling skills. The post holder will have a good understanding of SMNR, and of the role of NRW within environmental assessment. The post holder will be able to communicate complex subjects effectively with staff from across the organisation and to external stakeholders, including WG. The post holder ensures that all environmental assessment work meets national standards which are recognised within the environmental sector.
Job Specific Criteria
- Educated to degree level or equivalent, preferably in environmental science or a related subject. Significant professional experience relevant to environmental assessment Essential.
- Experience in environmental assessment at an operational and strategic level and knowledge of, and experience in the application of, environmental legislation (eg EIA, SEA, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Water Framework Directive) is essential.
- Project Management experience and qualification (eg. PRINCE2) is essential.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills together with influencing and negotiating skills are essential. You will be required to problem solve and implement innovative work practices. Essential
- An ability to work independently demonstrating personal initiative and good organisational skills. Excellent interpersonal skills to build effective relationships and influence project and plan managers and stakeholders. Essential
- Chartered Environmentalist in the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, or equivalent professional institute, or be willing to pursue this professional qualification. Desirable.