Job opportunity – Maritime Environmental Protection Adviser – DL 15 Apr 18


Portsmouth, South East

About the job

Job description

Navy Command Headquarters (NCHQ) on Whale Island, Portsmouth, is the nerve centre of the Naval Service. It supports operations around the globe and provides the ships, people, aircraft and equipment to deliver the UK’s defence policy. NCHQ supports all the Royal Navy’s activities from front-line operations to personnel selection and training. Civil Servants work in many different disciplines here alongside uniformed personnel fulfilling a range of interesting roles.

The Maritime Environmental Protection Adviser (EPA(M)) will be involved with a variety of maritime environmental protection aspects across Navy Command (NC). This primarily concern the vessels and activities of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and our Naval Bases. The successful candidate will work to the Senior EPA(M) but will have no subordinate staff.

EPA(M) will provide subject matter advice to NC and other MOD staff, support the assessment of environmental impacts of maritime activities and maintenance of NC’s environmental management system. Based principally at NCHQ, regular travel across the UK should be expected and some overseas travel is possible.

The specific functions of the post will initially be dependent upon the successful candidate’s experience but is anticipated to include:

• Support NC’s maritime environmental management processes related to environmental impact identification and assessment.

• Manage NC’s interactive Environmental Protection Guidelines system.

• Provide a NC “help desk” for marine conservation and maritime pollution control policy and practice.

• Maintain NC’s “Navysafe” maritime environment web pages.

• Represent the NC’s operational interests to other MOD areas to ensure that MOD environmental policy and practice is effective.

• Support the MOD lead for environmental protection policy related to underwater sound created by MOD activity.

• Provide NC senior management with reports and briefs as necessary.

Person specification

This post is suited to a candidate with either a working knowledge of MOD shipping operational and procurement activity or a background in marine biology, environmental protection, management or regulation. Appropriate training and support will be provided to a successful candidate who lacks some of this knowledge but it is improbable that a candidate with none of the above knowledge would be effective in post and therefore is unlikely to be selected at interview.


We’ll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace
  • Leading and communicating

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


The MOD provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills through personal development and offers flexible working, good annual leave and maternity allowances and a very competitive pension scheme.

In Navy Command our aim is to provide staff with the flexibility to maintain a great work-life balance whilst delivering stimulating and worthwhile output. Our Headquarters in Portsmouth offers a range of on-site facilities including a gymnasium, tennis courts and other sporting facilities, parking, a children’s nursery, a bistro restaurant, 2 cafes and a handy shop.

Further information about working in the Civil Service can be found at:


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.
The post does NOT offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer). Non Standard move applicants will be eligible for the full package, subject to eligibility.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Candidates will be required to complete an online Verbal Reasoning Test/Numerical Reasoning Test/Civil Service Judgement Test as part of the application process. The test must be completed by midnight on the closing date, so please allow sufficient time. Internet access will be required for the duration of the test. Please refer to the attached Candidate Guidance for further information.

If you require any particular arrangements (for example due to a disability or health problem) to be made in order for you to complete the online test you MUST contact the DBS Enquiry Centre on 0800 345 7772 BEFORE accessing the online test.

Banked Scores
Candidates that reach the minimum required pass mark will have their results saved as a banked score against the following tests:
· Numerical Reasoning Test
· Verbal Reasoning Test
When a candidate has a banked score they’re not asked to re-take the same test providing it is set at the same level. Scores will be banked for a 6 month period from the date of test completion. If a candidate is invited to take the same test against multiple vacancies, the banked score will be recognised against all vacancies and all active candidates will progress. CSJT scores cannot be banked as each test is generated from the competencies required for a specific role which will vary between recruitment campaigns.
If candidates have a banked score for the CSIST test prior to the 1 December 2017, this will not be saved as a banked score against any of the new tests (e.g. Numerical Reasoning or Verbal Reasoning).

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Rod Jones
Senior Maritime Environmental Protection Adviser
Leach Building
Whale Island
Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 8BY
Tel Mil: 93 832 5062
Tel Civ: (023) 9262 5062
E-Mail: Jones, Roderick (NAVY SAFETY CNTR-EPM SO1)
External E-Mail:

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews TBC.

Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Applicants that are invited to interview will be asked to forward their last two completed Performance Appraisal Reports to the Recruiting Line Manager at least 2 working days before the date of the interview.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information.

If you need to contact Defence Business Services (DBS) regarding this vacancy, please indicate that your vacancy is being handled by Resourcing Team 5.


Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS does not play any part in the selection and interview process itself.

Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your markings, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint. by writing to DBS at the following address:

Defence Business Services
Scanning Hub
PO Box 38
Cheadle Hulme

Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment.

Applications here 

Via POGO Office