Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Natural Resources Wales
Closing date
21 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Geomatics, Project Management, Rural
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Job Details

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

  • Location: Flexible
  • Grade & Salary: G7, £39,700-£44,522
  • Post number: 201479
  • Type of contract: Permanent
  • Work pattern: 37 hours, full time

Closing date: 25 July 2022

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

  • Provide technical advice on planning applications for new developments, including assessment of site investigation reports, risk assessments, remediation statements and remediation verification reports
  • Assess permit applications which pose a risk to land and water
  • Assess stability risk assessments for landfills, ensuring sites comply with their permits
  • Advise our environment management teams on instances of pollution to land and groundwater and support enforcement action where required
  • Develop and manage projects to improve our understanding of groundwater, land contamination and geotechnical issues in Wales
  • Develop and provide advice on policy and guidance for compliance with EU Directives & domestic legislation.
  • Advise the Welsh Government on developing legislation and guidance and provide support to relevant EU, UK and Wales Working Groups.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Geotechnical issues, Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality, Planning, & Waste; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in Geotechnical issues, Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality and Planning & Waste; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders and industries involved with Geo Technical issues in Wales.
  3. Experience of: In-depth understanding of the Hydrogeological Geotechnical discipline/ topic and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and have achieved Corporate Membership of a Professional body (e.g. Geological Society, MICE, MCIHT, MCIWEM or MRICS) at Chartered status (e.g. CGeol) or working towards chartership.
  6. Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena.
  7. Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.


Our roles and responsibilities

  • Adviser: principal adviser to Welsh Government, and adviser to industry and the wider public and voluntary sector, and communicator about issues relating to the environment and its natural resources
  • Regulator: protecting people and the environment including marine, forest and waste industries, and prosecuting those who breach the regulations that we are responsible for
  • Designator: for Sites of Special Scientific Interest – areas of particular value for their wildlife or geology, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), and National Parks, as well as declaring National Nature Reserves
  • Responder: to some 9,000 reported environmental incidents a year as a Category 1 emergency responder
  • Statutory consultee: to some 9,000 planning applications a year
  • Manager/Operator: managing seven per cent of Wales’ land area including woodlands, National Nature Reserves, water and flood defences, and operating our visitor centres, recreation facilities, hatcheries and a laboratory
  • Partner, Educator and Enabler: key collaborator with the public, private and voluntary sectors, providing grant aid, and helping a wide range of people use the environment as a learning resource; acting as a catalyst for others’ work
  • Evidence gatherer: monitoring our environment, commissioning and undertaking research, developing our knowledge, and being a public records body
  • Employer: of almost 1,900 staff, as well as supporting other employment through contract work
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