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Local Change Detection Lead 202284 (Peterborough or Aberdeen)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 9QA
Salary Additional Information £46,264
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 04/09/2022
Company Name Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name
Telephone 01733 562626
Joint Nature Conservation Committee logo
Directory Entry : The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. Originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. For Careers with the JNCC visit the Civil Service Career Portal.
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Location: This post will have a base in either Peterborough or Aberdeen. JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach, allowing colleagues to benefit from time in the office, with the flexibility also to work from home. Employees are expected to work from our office base or at external meetings or events for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum, this will vary by team and the exact balance will depend on the nature of your role. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages



We’re small enough (c.270 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. All our staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management provides employees with the freedom and tools you will need, and our friendly team will assist you in your role. 

JNCC is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities as well as an exciting job in a unique environment. 

Short Summary:

JNCC has a pivotal role working with the four countries of the UK to understand the different approaches, share experiences across the countries and ensure best use is made of JNCC’s evidence sources to ensure a ‘high nature, low carbon’ approach.

An important part of JNCC’s core role has been assessing change in national biodiversity through a range of citizen science species surveillance schemes and, more recently, developing the capability to use Earth Observation data to assess change in habitats. However, there is now a huge opportunity to expand this capability to detect more localised change such as the impact of specific interventions both to assess effectiveness of policies and improve models of broader change.

The post holder will lead this area of work. They will work to build a good overview of the requirements and opportunities and direct how the methods and analytical techniques can be developed to meet these to provide cost effective change detection at local scales and ensure the outputs can be integrated within other processes and systems. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining the funding to support the work, working closely with the four country governments and their agencies. Much of the delivery will be through bilateral funding with individual country governments where the post holder will need to ensure robust project management to ensure transparent delivery.

The post holder will:

  • Take the lead on delivery for key components of this work but will work collaboratively with co-team leads to build, motivate, manage, and deploy the multi-disciplinary team needed to undertake this work as well as related national monitoring and applied monitoring work.
  • Work within the UK programme board with other Team Leaders to develop JNCC’s strategy to support the four UK countries. This involves building an understanding of JNCC’s broader portfolio and supporting balancing resources across teams to strengthen the overall role of JNCC.

Job description

Post Duties 

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key policy and delivery customers within the country governments and their agencies to promote JNCC’s work and identify priority areas for further engagement;
  • Lead the planning and delivery of a coherent programme of work to assess demand and provide solutions to local change needs, and equivalent areas of work as JNCC’s strategy evolves.
  • Maintain a broad overview and understanding of JNCC’s strategy and contribute to the evolution of this in response to customer needs and priorities.
  • Work collaboratively with co-team leads to maintain vision for the team within the organisation’s strategy, ensuring a good fit with other teams within JNCC
  • Work collaboratively with co-team leads to manage and direct the team’s capacity and skills to meet customer needs, ensuring staff have manageable and fulfilling outcome-focused workloads and development of individuals.
  • Ensure that the team operates within JNCC’s corporate policies and procedures including planning, progress reporting, risk management and quality assurance of outputs.
  • Be an effective member of senior management teams and programme boards


Please demonstrate in your statement of suitability your reasons for applying. You will then be asked later in this application to provide a short statement against how you meet each of the technical and experience requirements


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Educated to degree level in a science or relevant subject, or equivalent experience
  • A logical analytical approach to understand complex scientific or societal issues and to identify the data and models likely to help inform them
  • Relevant experience in identifying and translating into practice analytical techniques, approaches that can determine state and change in biodiversity or other aspects of the physical or natural environment. Includes understanding how approaches change at
  • Experience of designing and delivering complex projects from idea and requirements gathering to phased delivery that builds momentum and user engagement whilst developing skills in those delivering projects to tackle the technical and management challenge
Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.
JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

Leave entitlement

JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

Work/life balance

JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Civil Service Pension

Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC makes a significant contribution to the cost of employee pensions.

Employee Assistance Programme

JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life's ups and downs, events and challenges.

Trade Union

JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Employee Discount Scheme

Civil Service Sports Club


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a statement of suitability. In your statement, refer to the responsibilities and experience section of this advert to show how you’re suitable for the role. Make your statement no longer than 1000 words.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Recruitment Team
  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact recruitment@jncc.gov.uk in the first instance.
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