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Senior Marine Mammal Adviser

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 the authorities responsible for their regulation. One such area of advice relates to the protection of marine mammals and their habitats from activities that result in underwater noise. The expansion of offshore wind, added to the continued pressures from other industries, particularly when within or near Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) has highlighted the need for further evidence gathering and guidance to reduce uncertainty in impact assessment processes and develop proportionate and effective management measures. Key to achieving this is engagement between different stakeholders and JNCC collaborates with government, industry, NGOs and academia in order to aid the sustainable use of the marine environment. JNCC plays a significant role in identifying and reducing evidence gaps, advice provision, as well as in shaping policy and guidance in this area.

Post Duties

The postholder will carry out a range of functions with the overall objective of contributing to the provision of advice on the protection of marine mammals in UK offshore waters, such as:

  • Deliver technical advice on underwater noise assessment and management for all relevant sectors. This will involve working in collaboration with colleagues in the country conservation agencies, regulators, industry and NGO’s.
  • Contribute JNCC technical expertise to external research and policy programmes (e.g. Offshore Wind Evidence and Change (OWEC) programme, Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP), Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) programme, Government led initiatives etc).
  • Lead/ contribute to further consideration of appropriate mitigation measures and technology to manage underwater noise.
  • Effectively represent JNCC with a wide range of partners and stakeholders
  • Strengthen JNCC’s strategic role in evidence gathering and develop existing and new partnerships to seek opportunities for new work
  • Work with specialists from other teams within JNCC to support project planning and delivery.

  • Responsibilities


    To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Experience in assessing the effects of offshore industries on marine mammal species and their habitats, particularly in relation to underwater noise.
  • Detailed knowledge of the main provisions of UK and European policy and legislation on the protection of marine mammal species and their habitats.
  • The ability to critically review scientific information, appraise and effectively communicate uncertainty and provide high quality, risk- based, impartial advice.
  • Experience of developing and managing a wide range of stakeholder relationships.
  • Managed or significantly contributed to the successful delivery of research or evidence synthesis projects, preferably with multiple partners.
  • Experience of evolving established business areas or initiating new ones.

  • Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience.

  • Behaviours

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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • 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

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