Interim Environmental Protection Assessor

Welsh Government
£425 (daily rate)
Closing date
11 Oct 2020

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Interim Environmental Protection Assessor, Wales

Remuneration: £425 (daily rate)

Minimum of 20 days per annum

Are you interested in helping to shape a holistic approach to environmental protection in Wales?  If so, this could be role for you.

The Welsh Government is seeking to appoint an experienced specialist in environmental law to oversee the Interim Environmental Protection Assessment process in Wales.

This role will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to provide any individual, private company or other organisation with the ability to raise concerns about implementation of, and compliance with, environmental legislation.

In overseeing the interim complaints process, the Interim Assessor will have a key role in evaluating the process, helping to shape the permanent approach to environmental governance in Wales.

The Interim Assessor will oversee the receipt of complaints relating to environmental law submitted through an online complaints system. They will be responsible for the review of complaints and in conjunction with experts in the field, the determining their seriousness and urgency.  

A key responsibility will be to ensure all complaints are recorded, reported and prepared for transfer to the permanent environmental governance arrangement when established. For serious complaints which require urgent attention, the Interim Assessor will escalate matters.

The role requires an adept ability to evaluate complex evidence within a short time frame, coming to a reasoned conclusion on the severity of a complaint. Central to the role is the need for the Assessor to exercise judgement with due consideration to the legislative framework of environmental law in Wales, including the principles enshrined within the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015.

Crucially, for areas requiring further expertise, you will be expected to liaise with other experts in the field. Therefore, excellent communication skills and an ability to network are vital.

The location of the role is flexible and will be confirmed upon appointment.

It is the policy of the Welsh Government to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business including appointments to public bodies. 

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all groups and we ensure that no eligible candidate for public office receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, or pregnancy and maternity. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and appointments will be made on merit.

For further details and to apply go to or for queries contact email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11 October 2020.  Application forms received after this date will not be considered.  It is expected interviews will be held from 12 November 2020 and will be conducted virtually.

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The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. We are working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work.

The Welsh Government consists of:

  • The First Minister
  • Welsh Ministers
  • The Counsel General
  • Deputy Ministers

They are supported by civil servants who work across devolved areas that include key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment.

We aim to be open and responsive to the needs of citizens and communities and are one of the few governments in the world that publishes Cabinet minutes and papers. Responsibility for most key areas of public life including health, education and environment is devolved.

With offices across Wales, including Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth and Llandudno Junction, we are getting closer to the people we serve.


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