Marine Natural Capital Advice Specialist
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Aberdeen or Peterborough, GB
3d ago
source : GOV.UK


Want to make an impact on marine sustainability? Then JNCC is the employer for you.

What is JNCC?

We’re the environment’s best kept secret. 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. With most of our work being within Government, our public profile is low but our impact is high.

Our special combination of scientific and analytical excellence with deep knowledge of how to facilitate joint working across jurisdictions allows us to deliver a much-valued service to the UK and other governments.

What’s the role?

JNCC has been at the heart of UK marine conservation science, management and policy advice for decades, and we are proud of the UK’s record of marine protection, management and planning, which is globally recognised.

There is always room for improvement, and existing processes too often set environmental benefits in opposition to concerns about economic prosperity and jobs.

This is misleading. For lasting prosperity there needs to be a balance between short term, single-sector or market-based gains and wider benefits to society and well-being, and with long term stewardship of our marine assets.

As marine natural capital advice specialist, you will use your skills and knowledge to identify, share and promote solutions to improve decision-making, and develop and maintain strategic relationships with our customers and partners.

You will encourage the Natural Capital approach, articulate the benefits and drive dialogue to break down some of the unnecessarily polarised positions amongst competing marine uses.

The role will work closely with a specialist in data and analysis who will gather, organise and analyse the evidence on which your work will depend.

Together, you will identify and design products and outputs to support our mission, and frame the outputs to appeal to key audiences.

One of the advantages of working for JNCC is the opportunity to collaborate with different specialisms, including for this role economics, ecology, site and wider protection, monitoring, marine industries, modelling and policy.

Who are we looking for?

Someone with good understanding of marine policy, its drivers and stakeholders, and the ability to influence attitudes through clear and engaging explanations, constructive dialogue and excellent relationship management.

Effective communication is essential. A skilled project manager, you’ll ideally have strong experience of delivering rigorous and relevant advice in a public policy environment.

Post Background

JNCC’s strategy aims to incorporate the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services into our evidence and advice, so that decisions take the value of nature into account and deliver optimal benefits for human wellbeing.

The aims of the marine Natural Capital group of the Marine Ecosystems Team are to :

  • develop ideas and approaches to improve sustainability and increase the benefits to society from marine Natural Capital assets
  • keep JNCC at the forefront of marine Natural Capital expertise in the UK
  • improve our international leadership
  • further embed Natural Capital approaches into our existing marine work
  • show and explain the value we receive from seas and oceans, to promote better stewardship and a transition to a more resilient system
  • To achieve these aims we need to make best use of all available evidence and develop trusted products, examples and narratives to promote more sustainable management.

    This role, leading on influencing and strategic collaborations, will work closely with a counterpart who will concentrate on building and using our technical evidence-base, to promote Natural Capital in policy, governance, funding and action.

    Collaborative working with other specialists from JNCC and our partners, including operational marine management staff and advisers, policy advisers, ecologists and economists, makes this a dynamic and exciting job.

    JNCC’s remit covers terrestrial, coastal and offshore habitats; the focus of this role is coastal and marine. The majority of the work is in the UK, but there is scope to contribute expertise as JNCC’s portfolio of international projects grows.

    Post Duties

  • Maintain strategic relationships and up-to-date knowledge of policy drivers related to marine natural capital and customers across the four UK countries
  • Work with the MNC Evidence specialist to identify solutions for more sustainable decision-making in the marine environment, based on integrating knowledge of ecosystem services and socio-economic evidence to inform choices;
  • develop and deliver proposals

  • Lead on new and existing projects, such as case studies or proofs of concept, working collaboratively with various teams.
  • This will include leading and contributing to bids for additional income to maintain and expand our work in this area.

  • Lead for JNCC as an advocate for marine Natural Capital within JNCC and with partners and customers, including :
  • oarticulate the evidence and narratives to explain the benefits

    odrive dialogue to deepen our understanding of the opportunities and barriers

    otransmit the messages via meetings, groups, talks, training courses, presentations, reports, web material and other media

    Support the MNC Evidence specialist to develop our evidence base in line with strategic needs


    To be a successful candidate you will be :

  • Educated to degree level in marine ecology, ecosystems and / or nature conservation
  • Experience

    To be a successful candidate you will have :

  • Experience of working on or with marine policy in the UK, and good understanding of the drivers of policy and the needs of those affected
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience of fact-finding and synthesis of complex information, identification of key messages, and graphic presentation, communicating complex concepts to non-technical audiences in simple, succinct, and easily accessible terms.
  • Proven ability to engage in constructive dialogue to influence people’s ideas and form working partnerships
  • Good understanding of the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystems, services, sustainable development and benefits to society
  • Willingness to adapt and learn, to achieve broad understanding of environmental economics, as applicable in ecological / environmental analysis based on ecosystem services and natural capital
  • Sound computer literacy skills, including use of spreadsheets, word processors, computer presentations and the internet.
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Benefits

    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 supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

    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.

    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

    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.

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