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Marine Ecosystems Support Officer – 2022-80

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Whilst this role will be contractually based in a JNCC workplace/office (Peterborough/Aberdeen)
Salary Additional Information £24,735
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 17/10/2022
Company Name Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name
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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.
Also Listing:
Whilst this role will be contractually based in a JNCC workplace/office (Peterborough/Aberdeen) and the successful candidates are required to carry out all their duties from a UK location, JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach allowing colleagues to benefit from time in the office with the flexibility also to work from home. More detail can be provided at the interview and offer stages


Who are JNCC?

Established in 1991, we’re the UK’s statutory advisor on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four Governments of the UK. We also work with private sector organisations to support decision making on the sustainable use of marine waters and natural resources around the UK. JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair. Support is provided to the Committee by approx. 270 people who bring together scientific and technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels, and skills in working with other organisations. Staff are based in two main offices in Peterborough and Aberdeen.


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.  

Job description

Post Background

The Marine Support Officer will work in the Marine Ecosystems team. 

JNCC has been at the forefront of improving our understanding of how the marine environment functions for over 25 years. Our marine ecosystem monitoring and assessment advice work underpins the UK government’s need to understand the effectiveness of marine nature conservation policies and the role of human activities on changes to marine species and habitats.

The Marine Ecosystems team is responsible for developing and undertaking assessments of biodiversity and ecosystems at a variety of scales through the development of indicators to the production and coordination of reports on the state of biodiversity to international conventions and national policies. The team also provides scientific advice on marine policy implementation, including regional seas and global policy mechanisms. This advice is provided to the UK Government, the Devolved Administrations, the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, international organisations, and others.

Work in the Team covers a range of topics including:

•    The implementation of the 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator Framework, and associated marine indicators and targets;
•    Development of operational benthic habitat and ecosystems indicators suitable for describing the health of the marine environment (e.g. Good Environmental Status) for inclusion in a           monitoring programme and to provide evidence for management measures;
•    Research & development of assessment techniques (e.g. developing targets and indicators to determine Good Environmental Status for biodiversity);
•    Provision of expert advice to a range of governmental departments and other organisations including the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy, the European Commission and the OSPAR Convention (www.ospar.org);
•    Understanding the impacts of climate change on vulnerable ecosystems, and how we can measure and assess trends;
•    Development of modelling tools for integrated ecosystems assessments, forecasting and trade-offs with a focus on foodwebs and benthic ecosystems;
•    Streamlining and harmonisation of assessments, indicators and targets, in particular for international reporting.

Job Description:

The Marine Ecosystems Support Officer will provide crucial scientific administration and technical support to the Marine Ecosystems Team to support the work being carried out by the team. This post will assist other Marine Support Officers and Marine Ecosystem Scientists to manage, manipulate and map a range of different temporal and spatial data.
The work will involve close collaboration with colleagues within the JNCC, research agencies, and with the country conservation agencies. This post will undertake a range of duties which may include, but are not limited to:

Post Duties

•  Marine assessment and reporting data analysis and management – Support members  of the team with the collation, storage and analysis of data and information for marine assessment and reporting requirements, including database creation and management, the creation of tables, charts and graphs, quality checks and metadata cataloguing of incoming datasets. Manage or develop new statistical processes using R scripts or similar. Contribute to the work of JNCC Digital and Data Solutions Team to develop and implement a data management strategy with specific focus on managing externally derived assessment data sets.
•  Indicator development – Assist in the development and testing of models for integration of indicators and evaluation of trade-offs between environmental targets and management scenarios.
•  GIS and mapping support – Manipulate geospatial data (ecological, physical and human activities) using ArcGIS and/or QGIS to produce high quality and consistent GIS outputs to support marine status assessment reporting requirements, and presentation of data in reports and communications materials

•  Ecological, physical and human activities data – Assist with the maintenance and management of marine ecosystems datasets:
•   Assist in undertaking a series of comprehensive quality assurance checks on  existing centrally held data as necessary, including preparation of reports to ensure  key data and metadata fields are complete within the database;
•  Undertake data and information searches to support marine work. 
•  Answering internal and external data queries - Assist members of the Marine Ecosystem Team in responding to a variety of queries within 21 days of receipt
•  Website – Assist with contributing and maintaining information and data required for presentation on the JNCC website
•  Other tasks - Contribute to other aspects of the team’s work as required, including taking minutes and organising meetings and finalising reports for publication as part of the JNCC report series


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:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience that provides the following knowledge, experience and behaviours.
  • Knowledge of the marine ecology and its spatial and temporal variation.
  • A broad understanding of marine conservation work in the UK and overseas.
  • Skills in data manipulation, interpretation and statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, R, Python and ArcGIS/QGIS (transferable skills from other software can meet the requirement).
Hybrid Working (occasional travel) + 25 Days Leave + 12 Public & Privilege days + Civil Service Pension.

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 will be adopting a more flexible approach to working options and, once we are able to return to working in our office locations, our people will have more flexibility about where they choose to work. The expectation is that we will be expected to work from our office base for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages.

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 CV and 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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