Specialist Water Quality Policy Advisor

Natural Resources Wales
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Benefits: 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, childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes.

Role Purpose

To lead on the provision of Water Quality technical assessments and advice primarily in relation to NRW’s role in delivering improvements in water quality in Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) river catchments.

This technical/specialist advice will inform the development of NRW policy, Programmes, plans, strategies and guidance for SAC rivers, and will support other priority water quality work areas.  You will work closely with colleagues in the SAC Rivers Project to deliver a planned Review of Permits and with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Water Quality; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers, strategic plans and initiatives in Water Quality (WG Water Strategy, wider UK strategies); and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex water quality and environmental information and data sources; analysing large data sets using spreadsheets and relevant models.
  3. Working with: water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, Governments (UK), farming unions; representing NRW on key policy groups (Wales/UK).
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. You will be a member of CIWEM or another relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership.
  6. Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.

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