Senior Geomorphologist

Natural Resources Wales
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 26, 2022

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2024

Work pattern: 37 hours per week, Monday- Friday

Post number: 203206

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to a NRW office within the place base, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

You’ll be joining the Hydrology, Geomorphology and Water Resources Management Team in North Wales, within our Flood and Water Management Department. We are a large multi-functional team that covers North and Mid Wales. You’ll be working on some of Wales most iconic rivers including the Dee, Conwy and Severn. The role will include a mixture of site and office-based work, and you’ll have the opportunity to provide practical solutions that will help us address the Nature and Climate Emergency. 

We are currently increasing our Geomorphology capacity and you will be one of three Geomorphologists covering North & Mid Wales. You will also be part of a wider group delivering Geomorphology across Wales, working closely with our sister team in South Wales and our Head Office colleagues.

You’ll provide a comprehensive technical fluvial geomorphology support service, to internal customers and partners. You’ll support delivery of several high-profile river restoration projects across North Wales. Also, you’ll provide advice and guidance on Flood Risk Activity Permits and Water Abstraction Licences, helping us to maintain and enhance ecosystem resilience and improve wellbeing across Wales.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Respond to planning applications (including for nationally significant infrastructure projects), permits, consents, licences and enforcement action on internal and external works to promote geomorphologically responsible works and advise on compliance with the Water Framework Directive (WFD), and other relevant legislation.
  • Act as a specialist technical advisor on river restoration, bioengineering and natural flood management (NFM) measures.
  • Develop best practice and operational guidance notes, for geomorphology, as well as provide technical input into guidance for Flood Risk Management, Hydropower, Restoring Sustainable Abstraction, and Fisheries projects.
  • Share, promote and seek new industry best practice through national NRW representation at technical advisory groups.
  • Provide expert advice on the development of future geomorphological practices, particularly focussing on its role in the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.
  • Provide technical support to NRW colleagues on complex geomorphological issues.
  • Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Degree in relevant scientific subject (e.g. physical geography, environment science or civil engineering).
  2. Member of appropriate professional body (e.g. CIWEM or ICE) or working towards becoming chartered.
  3. Able to demonstrate competency in geomorphological  science and have the ability to apply practically and innovatively at an operational level.  Experience will have been gained over and number of years using geomorphological methods,  techniques  and calculations, with experience of working on site on rivers
  4. Expert knowledge of geomorphological methods, techniques, and calculations.
  5. Good understanding of hydromorphological elements of the Water Framework Directive, as well as the ability to write complex technical reports on such aspects.
  6. Ability to convey technical information to non-specialists.
  7. Experience of supervising, coaching, and mentoring.
  8. Ability to undertake fieldwork in sometimes physically demanding environments.
  9. Full UK driving licence. 

Welsh language requirements: Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.


Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

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