Post background

JNCC’s Marine Management Team provides evidence-based advice on the environmental impacts of activities taking place in the offshore marine environment to appropriate authorities responsible for their regulation. The advisory functions of the team are centred on helping government(s), regulators and developers meet the requirements of relevant legislation. Our teams core role focuses on advising on impacts of industry activity for example: marine cables, offshore oil and gas, aggregate extraction, and renewable energy, as well as other industry sectors. We also advise on the development of marine plans.

Job Description:

Post Duties

The post holder will join a team of experienced offshore industry advisers and contribute towards the team’s advisory role for nature conservation issues. Duties include:

  • Provision of fast paced, evidence-based nature conservation advice to regulators and industry, including but not limited to oil and gas, aggregates, renewables, cables, deep sea mining, marine planning and more. Both in UK seas and in some cases, overseas. Specifically:
    • Reviewing environmental assessments, licensing rounds, marine plans.
    • Understanding and advising on the impacts of offshore activity on protected habitats and species.
    • Working across nature conservation bodies to provide joint advice, achieving consistency across the UK, identifying and addressing issues that affect our advice (e.g. scientific, procedural or legal).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. developers, regulators and other nature conservation bodies across the UK)
  • Be trained in and lead specific areas of work within the team, for example decommissioning activity, pollution response, offshore renewables.
  • Participate on the roster for duty officer, providing a 24/7 response service for environmental information and advice in the event of an offshore pollution incidents (this includes on-call allowance uplift payments).


To be a successful candidate you will be/have:

  • A relevant qualification (or equivalent experience) in marine biology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, or other relevant discipline.

Experience (Responsibilities)

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Have a broad knowledge and understanding of marine biodiversity in offshore waters, particularly offshore benthic habitats.
  • A good understanding of legislation relating to the management of offshore industries and Marine Protected Areas in UK waters.
  • A good knowledge of marine conservation issues, particularly the impacts of offshore marine industries on offshore habitats and species (i.e. aggregate extraction, oil and gas activities, renewable energy and subsea cables) and the ways in which these impacts may be mitigated and managed
  • Experience in reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments and/or Habitat Regulations Assessments and their associated permit applications.


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

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on the Lead Behaviour of Making Effective Decisions

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

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

JNCC do not have the amenities for sponsorship.

Closing date and interview date

The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Monday, 06 May 2024.

The anticipated interview date is week commencing Monday, 20 May 2024.