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Marine Species Adviser

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Salary Additional Information £27,946 per annum
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 20/08/2020
Company Name Joint Nature Conservation Committee
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Telephone 01733 562626
Email recruitment@jncc.gov.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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This post will have a base in either Peterborough or Aberdeen. Under current circumstances we can be flexible around remote working options until such time that we are able to return to the office.

The successful candidate would then be expected to be able to work from one of these locations for the first six months of their employment. Flexible and remote working options can then be considered after this period.

Hours of work:  Full-time. Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.

Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share. 

Annual Leave:

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.            

Looking for an opportunity to have a genuine impact on Government policy across the UK and around the world? Then JNCC is the employer for you.

Who are JNCC?

Established in 1990, 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. 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 almost 200 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.

What’s the role?

The Marine Species Team is responsible for delivery of JNCC’s advice on the conservation of marine species (particularly European Protected Species). JNCC is responsible for the provision of clear, evidence-based advice to UK and devolved governments on measures that will be required to meet conservation targets including obligations under domestic and international instruments. JNCC works with partners to assess status and develop scientific advice on management for marine species, including marine mammals and seabirds. Our work informs the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters and also on impacts of human activities on marine species and the measures required to mitigate such impacts throughout UK waters.

We are seeking a Marine Species Adviser to support high profile ongoing species and impacts advice work within JNCC. The post-holder will be expected to take the lead on tasks and to work closely with others to seek their input where needed. They will routinely work with colleagues in the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, regulatory agencies, Defra and the Devolved Administrations. They will also be required to support work on national and international reporting where necessary.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for an individual with strong GIS skills to support the management and analysis of biophysical and human activities data.  Candidates would also need to have relevant marine mammal ecology and marine industries knowledge. Full details of the role are included in the job description.


We have a very flexible and welcoming organisational culture.  Our Executive Management focus on supporting advisers with the freedom and tools they need to get their jobs done.  You will benefit from our supportive workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension benefits (which in many cases exceeds the statutory minimum, including the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements), as well as an exciting job in a unique


To be a successful candidate you will be:

  • 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  


To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Strong background in the science of marine mammals
  • Knowledge of the main provisions of UK/international marine conservation policy relevant to marine mammals
  • Competent user of GIS to manipulate, interrogate and interpret spatial datasets
  • General knowledge of UK marine biodiversity
  • Experience of using data manipulation and analysis software, such as R
  •  Lead Behaviour: Working Together
  •   Communicating and Influencing
  •   Managing a Quality Service
  •   Making Effective Decisions
  •   Delivering at Pace


  • Working Together
  • Communicating & Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at pace

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour.

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade:



£27,946 per annum

Closing date and interview date

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on Thursday, 20 August 2020

The anticipated interview date is Thursday, 10 September 2020

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