Job Details - Countryside & Wildlife Team Leader Job Share

Countryside & Wildlife Team Leader Job Share

Ref: HRA16021/7755

Salary: £41,881-£44,863 per annum pro rata.
Closing Date: 12:00, 12 November 2020

The Countryside and Wildlife Team is a multi-disciplinary team, leading on countryside access, biodiversity conservation, green infrastructure, project delivery and provision of ecological advice across Neath Port Talbot. With increasing recognition of the need for action for nature recovery, climate change and well-being, this is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the current Team Leader in facilitating positive change, by shaping and driving forwards the many initiatives and activities being undertaken by the team.

The post holder will share the responsibility for direct management of the four teams comprising the Countryside and Wildlife Team, taking the lead on two of these teams, whilst supporting wider functions of the team as a whole. We are looking for an experienced manager, with a sound understanding of the technical areas of expertise within the team, and the ability to motivate and support staff in meeting their full potential. The Team Leader post is the Council lead on biodiversity, countryside access and green infrastructure, and as such will need to have a genuine passion for the natural environment, whilst being able to influence and deliver the Council’s goals and ambitions in this field.

The team is increasingly taking a lead role in regional and multi-disciplinary initiatives, consequently we are looking for somebody with excellent leadership and collaboration skills, and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship to achieve common goals. We are also looking to maximise what can be done within the organisation to improve the environment and lives of Neath Port Talbot residents; to achieve this, the post holder will need to have the necessary people and negotiation skills to develop a clear understanding of, and influence, the many services and functions being delivered by the Council.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, leading a well-established and expanding team, responsible for a range of initiatives and projects. The postholder will need to be organised and highly self-motivated, with excellent report writing and budget management skills. Candidates must also have the ability to travel to site and to attend meetings as necessary.

The post requires a degree or equivalent in an environmental / countryside management or relevant specialist field. Welsh language skills are desirable for the post.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Neath Port Talbot Council is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our employees are equally committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and young people/vulnerable adults and will take action to safeguard their wellbeing.

The recruitment process for this post will be underpinned by rigorous safer recruitment assessment to ensure that children and young people are protected. For an informal discussion, including the long term prospects for this post, please contact Lana Beynon, Planning Policy Manager on 01639 686314 or email You may apply online, download an application pack or contact the HR Recruitment Team by e-mail at or by telephone (01639) 686837 quoting post reference.

Welsh: Desirable

If you wish to conduct this process in Welsh, please contact the Employment Support Team on

Hours:The job share is 0.5FTE, at 18.5 hrs / week, with the potential of an increase to 0.6FTE (22.2 hrs / week) pending funding confirmation.
Location:Countryside and Wildlife Team, The Quays, Baglan Energy Park, Briton Ferry, Neath (due to Covid-19 restrictions, currently home working with occasional use of the office space).