Kickstart your career with our placement opportunities

We’re pleased to announce that we have joined the U.K governments Kickstart scheme and will be providing paid job placement opportunities for young people across Wales.

These placements are for a duration of 6 months and are open to 16-24 years old’s who are on Universal Credit whose job and career opportunities have sadly been impacted by the current economic and public health crisis.

Why join #TeamNRW?

As Wales largest environmental body, we have a huge remit and a really important role to play in looking after the environment – from marine, forestry and fishery to our flooding, education and industry waste and regulation teams.

There are lots of opportunities to come and work with us as we tackle some of the biggest issues of our time and help make a real difference to the environment and people of Wales.

We’re also passionate about helping people to develop. When you join #TeamNRW, we’ll help you to build on your existing skills and qualifications, to help you develop your future career.

What Kickstart placements are available?

A list of the Kickstart placements that are currently available to apply for can be seen below. If you think you have what it takes, we’d love for you to speak to your Kickstart work coach to find out more.

We’ll be updating this blog as new Kickstart placements become available, so please check back and keep an eye on our social media pages for new updates or subscribe to our newsletter

Remember - you don’t need loads of experience to be able to apply - we’re looking for enthusiastic candidates who are willing to learn, are passionate about the environment and want to help our teams make a real difference.

Visitor Centre Support Officer - Ynyslas and Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Visitor Centres

In this role you will work with Jenn and her team who ensure the smooth running of the Visitor Centres at Ynyslas and Bwlch Nant yr Arian. These are located in our unique and special National Nature Reserve and Forest Centre.

This role is practical, hands on and field based. You will be working at the Visitor Centres in Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ and Ponterwyd, SY23 3AB, Ceredigion.You will act as a point of contact for the public visiting the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and the Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Forest Centre.

Catering Assistant

In this role you will work with Jenn and her team who ensure the smooth running of the Visitor Centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian. This unique and special forest is well-known for its long-established tradition of daily feeding of red kites, and has trails for walkers, mountain bikers, runners and horse riders. Bwlch Nant yr Arian makes an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for its visitors.

This role is practical and hands on. You will help ensure that a high-quality front of house and catering service is available daily between hours of operation. You will be working at the Visitor Centre at Bwlch, Nant yr Arian, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AB, Ceredigion.

You will prepare food and drink to a high-quality standard ensuring that all food safety guidelines are adhered to. You will ensure that menu items are prepared and presented to the highest possible standard. You will interact with the public representing Natural Resources Wales in the best possible manner through excellent customer care and service provision.

Administrative Support Legal Services

Natural Resources Wales has a wide range of legal powers and duties. Amongst other duties, we are also a regulator – protecting people and the environment including marine, forest and waste industries, and prosecuting those who breach the regulations that we are responsible for.

In this role you will work with Sarah and her team in the Legal Services department. This role is practical and hands on. You will support the daily functions of a busy Legal department. You will be predominantly home- based, but expected to work in the office once a week. Your office of work will be at Ty Cambria, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0TP. We will provide you with a laptop to undertake your work and communicate with colleagues.

You will support the Legal department with the delivery of administrative duties and other supporting activities. You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across Natural Resources Wales.

Administrative Support - Asset Performance South West.

In this role you will work with Gareth and his team in the Asset Performance South West team.

This is a hands-on role and you will support the Asset Performance team with the delivery of administrative duties and other supporting activities. You will be both home-based and office-based. Your office location will be at Natural Resources Wales, Heol Parc Mawr, Cross Hands, Llanelli SA14 6RE. We will provide you with a laptop to undertake your work and communicate with colleagues.

Operations Assistant

In this role you will work with Neil, Gareth and their operations teams. You will be part of our front-line team who work to reduce the risk of flooding and respond to environmental incidents.

Covid has affected the way we work. We are spending less time at our depot and need your help improving our systems so that we can access information from any location. You will scan and save training certificates. We also want you to store training details on ‘smart cards’ so that our staff can access this information out on site.

Permitting Officer

In this role you will work with John and his team in the Permitting Service. This is a hands-on role and you will work with teams across Natural Resources Wales. You will be home-based. We will provide you with a laptop to undertake your work and communicate with colleagues.

You will support Permitting Service responding to customer queries relating to felling, marine, species, waste, water quality or water resources.

Field based team member

In this role you will work with Claudia and her team in the Forestry Operations South West team.

This role is practical, physical, hands on and field based. You will be working at Resolven, Neath, SA11 4DRWe will provide training so that you have recognisable qualifications and great experience for your next job.

You will work on re-stocking and tree planting programmes. You will work on weeding and cleaning programmes.  You will carry out maintenance and any other required tasks such as tree shelter removals and surveys. You will be part of our front-line Forestry Operations team at our Resloven office in the Neath Valley.

What if I don’t meet the Kickstart criteria but am still interested in a placement opportunity?

We’re proud to offer range of placement opportunities at #TeamNRW – from Apprenticeships and Higher Education Placements through to Volunteer opportunities. Find out more on our Placements page here

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