Marine Assessment Support Officer


Post Details

Post title: Marine Assessment Support Officer
Ref No: 2017/06
Grade: O
Type of appointment:          Permanent
Location: Peterborough
Team: Marine Ecosystem Assessment & Advice
Closing date:

09:00 on 03 April 2017  (The anticipated interview date is during week commencing

17 April 2017) If you are applying for both O grade posts please indicate your preferred





Post background

The Marine Ecosystem Assessment and Advice Team is responsible for developing and undertaking assessments of biodiversity and ecosystems at a variety of scales for reporting to EU Directives, Conventions and national policies.  The team also provides scientific advice on marine policy implementation, including European and global policy mechanisms. This advice is provided to the UK Government, the Devolved Administrations, the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, international organisations and others. 


Post Duties

The Marine Assessment Support Officer will provide crucial scientific administration and technical support to the Marine Assessment Team to support the work being carried out by the team. This post will assist other Marine Support Officers to manage, manipulate and map a range of different temporal and spatial data. 

The work will involve close collaboration with colleagues within the JNCC, research agencies, and with the country conservation agencies. This post will undertake a range of duties to support the work of the Marine Ecosystem Assessment and Advice Team which may include, but are not limited to:


1          Marine assessment and reporting data analysis and management – Support members of the team with the collation, storage and analysis of data and information for marine assessment and reporting requirements, including database creation and management, the creation of tables, charts and graphs, quality checks and metadata cataloguing of incoming datasets. Contribute to the work of JNCC Data Services Team to develop and implement a data management strategy.

2          GIS and mapping support – Manipulate geospatial data (ecological, physical and human activities) using ArcGIS and produce high quality and consistent GIS outputs to support marine status assessment reporting requirements, and presentation of data in reports and communications materials.

3          Ecological, physical and human activities data – Assist with the maintenance and management of marine ecosystems datasets:

  • Assist in undertaking a series of comprehensive quality assurance checks on existing centrally held data as necessary, including preparation of reports from the database, to ensure key data and metadata fields are complete within the database;
  • Undertake data and information searches to support the marine work.

4          Marine survey equipment – Assist with managing the marine equipment inventory, complete an annual stock check and arrange for annual servicing of dive equipment

5          Answering internal and external data queries - Assist members of the Marine Ecosystem Assessment and Advice Team in responding to a variety of queries within 21 days of receipt.

6          Website – Assist with contributing and maintaining information and data required for presentation on the JNCC website.

7          Other tasks - Contribute to other aspects of the team’s work as required, including taking minutes and organising meetings and finalising reports for publication as part of the JNCC report series. There may also be opportunities to participate in offshore seabed surveys.

There may also be opportunities to participate in offshore seabed surveys. 



Specialist/professional knowledge and skills:

Degree or equivalent qualification and relevant recent practical work experience that provides the following essential knowledge and experience:

  • Ability to use standard office software (word, presentational software and the internet), in particular experience using spreadsheets to interrogate and manipulate data in a logical and methodical manner (preferably MS Office);
  • Experience using databases and GIS to map, manipulate and interpret datasets (preferably MS Access, ArcGIS/ArcView).

Additional skills and experience that would be desirable to the posts are:

  • Skills in data manipulation using R, or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of the types of data from remote-sensing and in-situ marine sampling, including acoustic survey, remote video, grab sampling, diving, shore survey & photographic techniques. Experience in collecting and processing any of these data types;
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control standards and procedures for marine survey and monitoring, and assessment/mapping data;
  • A broad understanding of marine nature conservation work in UK.


Core competencies

Changing and improving

  • Consider and suggest ideas for improvements, sharing this feedback with others in a constructive manner (Essential)
  • Understand and apply technology to achieve efficient and effective business and personal results (Desirable)

Making effective decisions

  • Monitor the storage of critical data and information to support decision making and conduct regular reviews to ensure it is stored accurately, confidentially (where necessary) and responsibly (Essential)

Leading and communicating

  • Express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others (Essential)
  • Confidently handle challenging conversations (Desirable)

Collaborating and partnering

  • Proactively seek information, resources and support from others outside own immediate team in order to help achieve results (Essential)

Managing a quality service

  • Ensure that levels of service are maintained – flag up risks or concerns in order to meet customer requirements (Essential)



£21,946 per annum
Hours of work
Normal hours of work for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.  Flexi time is available

Annual Leave Entitlement

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Staff appointed on a part time basis will receive this pro rata.
The closing date for this post is 09:00 on 03 April 2017
The anticipated interview date is during week commencing 17 April 2017