Open Position: Marine Species Advisor – Deadline 7 December 2021

Job description

Post Duties

• Work with JNCC and country agency staff to provide advice to Government(s) on issues relating to the conservation of marine mammals.

• Support the production of marine mammal conservation status assessments and other reports relating to the UK’s international conservation commitments, such as those under OSPAR and ASCOBANS.

• Organisation of project and/or partnership meetings and events, providing secretariat functions where these are necessary, and producing papers and giving presentations when appropriate.

• Working with staff in the JNCC Marine Species Team, and other teams, identifying opportunities to develop new work areas and supporting preparation of project specifications and bids.

• Support wider Marine Species Team and cross team working (e.g. noise and marine mammal tasks for the Marine Management Team).


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:

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Strong background in the science and ecology of marine mammals
  • Knowledge of the main provisions of UK/international marine conservation policy relevant to marine mammals and turtles
  • Competent user of GIS to manipulate, interrogate and interpret spatial datasets
  • Knowledge of marine industries, such as offshore renewable energy and fisheries
  • Experience of using data manipulation and analysis software, such as R
  • Experience of drafting technical documentation and bid writing
  • Experience of project development and strategic thinking

Things you need to know


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 1250 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.

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Contact point for applicants

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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 in the first instance.

Who are JNCC?

We’re the environment’s best kept secret. Established in 1991, we’re the UK’s statutory adviser on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four Governments of the UK. With most of our work being within Government, our public profile is low but our impact is high.

To find out more, follow this link, or to apply by 7 December, click here.

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