Environmental Data Specialist and
Marine Data Specialist


Post Details

Post title: Environmental Data Specialist and
Marine Data Specialist
Ref No: 201843 (Environmental) and 201844 (Marine)
Grade: H
Type of appointment:          Permanent
Location: Environmental Data Specialist – Peterborough
Marine Data Specialist – Peterborough or Aberdeen
Team: Digital and Data Solutions Team (Environmental)
Marine Monitoring and Evidence Team( Marine)
Closing date: 09:00 22 June 2018  (The anticipated interview date is 02 July 2018)



Post background

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to Government on UK and international nature conservation. One of JNCC’s key roles is the provision of biodiversity related evidence.

Access to good evidence to underpin biodiversity and nature conservation advice has become increasingly important as the demands and pressures on the environment rise. Evidence activities relating to biodiversity and nature conservation, such as data collection, dissemination, analysis, and reporting, are all critical elements of JNCC’s core functions.

The Environmental Data Specialist will work in the Digital and Data Solutions team. This technical team provides support and creates innovative solutions to all digital, data and IT related work as well as providing information management advice and guidance to teams across JNCC. The Digital and Data Solutions team leads both internal and external projects across the full range of JNCC’s work.  The post holder will work across an interesting range of projects and will lead on the management of the UK Protected Areas database, collating the latest version of site boundaries and protected features; coordinating with other UK Nature Conservation Bodies, publishing data externally and reporting to EU and international protected sites hubs.

The Marine Data Specialist will work in the Marine Monitoring and Evidence team. The team covers a range of activities including: organising offshore seabed surveys; improving access to and managing marine biological and protected area data; understanding human impacts on the marine environment; and providing expert advice to national and international fora. The Marine Monitoring and Evidence team interacts with several other JNCC marine teams and works closely with the Data and Digital Solutions team to develop and improve data products. The post holder will work with these teams, and the other Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, to improve data access and delivery, particularly for Marine Protected Area data.


Post Duties

Environmental Data Specialist

The main duties of the Environmental Data Specialist post are to:

  • Lead on the management of the UK Protected Areas database including data ingestion, manipulation, reporting and publishing tasks as required.
  • Perform basic analyses on the UK protected sites network as required.
  • Lead on the collation and reporting of UK sites under the EU Natura 2000 network and the international Common Database on Designated Areas.
  • Contribute to the design and development of JNCC’s new central spatial data store.
  • Other reactive work to support programmes across JNCC with data management, processing and automation as required.
  • Line manage other staff within the team.


Marine Data Specialist

The main duties of the Marine Data Specialist post are to:

  • Work with the Digital and Data Solutions team to improve and maintain the UK Marine Protected Area database
  • Coordinate the collation and storage of UK Marine Protected Areas data
  • Analyse the status of the UK Marine Protected Areas network, for example spatial area calculations.
  • Support other teams in the reporting of UK Marine Protected Areas data for legislative requirements and to other national and international reporting calls.
  • Develop dataflows and data products to disseminate the biological evidence underpinning offshore Marine Protected Areas to the public.
  • Support the wider Marine Monitoring and Evidence team with a range of data handling and analysis tasks, as required.
  • Line manage other staff within the team.



Specialist and technical competencies

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

  • Ability to manage complex and large data sets, create metadata and audit trails, version control, establish processes/rules for changing and archiving them, and understand the principles of licensing.
  • Ability to design and use relational databases, especially to write SQL queries to manipulate and extract data from large and complex datasets (preferably with experience using PostgreSQL).
  • Ability to use GIS packages, including manipulation, interpretation and mapping of datasets and spatial databases; and automation of functions and establishing links to databases.
  • Ability to use R, Python, or a similar scripting language to manipulate data and automate processes.

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

  • Experience of using a data transformation tool
  • Knowledge of environmental data and formats
  • Knowledge of marine data and formats, including data from marine survey (Marine Data Specialist post only).


Core competencies

Seeing the Big Picture

  • Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and teams work. Essential

Making effective decisions

  • Identify a range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources. Essential
  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations. Desirable

Changing and Improving

  • Find ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources. Essential

Collaborating and Partnering

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes. Essential

Managing a Quality Service

  • Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards to provide quality, efficiency and value for money. Essential
  • Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions. Desirable



£27,247 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 22 June 2018
The anticipated interview date is 02 July 2018