Marine Protected Areas Management Adviser  


Post Details

Post title: Marine Protected Areas Management Adviser  
Ref No: 2018/38
Grade: H
Type of appointment:          Fixed term until end March 2020
Location: Aberdeen
Team: Marine Management Team
Closing date:

09:00 on 06 July 2018  (The anticipated interview date is during week commencing

30 July 2018)




Post background

JNCC’s Marine Management Team provides evidence-based advice on the environmental impacts of activities taking place in the offshore marine environment (beyond 12 nautical miles from the coast) 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, including the Habitats Directive, Birds Directive, Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Marine and Coastal Access Act. The majority of the team’s work focuses on advising on impacts of offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, aggregate extraction and fisheries, as well as other industry sectors. We also advise on the development of marine spatial plans.

As conservation advisers, JNCC have a significant role to play in the management of the offshore marine environment and we work closely with our partners and wider stakeholders to deliver sustainable management approaches. This includes advising on management of the network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) now designated in the UK offshore marine area.


Post Duties

The postholder will carry out the functions listed below, with the overall objective of meeting the advisory requirements of governments and offshore industries efficiently and supporting delivery of a sustainable management approach.  Many of the following functions will require working in close collaboration with external stakeholders and with other JNCC staff, both within the management team and with other teams;

  • Work with UK regulatory authorities responsible for the management of offshore marine activities to develop and maintain MPA management plans for offshore MPAs.
  • Undertake exploratory work to consider the ‘whole-sites approach’ to MPA management as outlined under Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan in collaboration with Defra and Natural England.
  • Work with the Country Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies to ensure coordination in the approach to developing a well-managed MPA network across the UK.
  • Within agreed deadlines, assess proposals for development relating to offshore marine industry and advise UK regulatory authorities on the extent to which the proposals meet criteria defined to achieve the conservation of marine species and habitats. 
  • Work with colleagues and stakeholders to identify and address issues that are affecting the provision of our industries advice (e.g. legal, scientific or procedural issues).
  • As required, manage research project contracts to address key conservation issues associated with offshore industries and MPA management.



Specialist and Technical

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

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of marine biodiversity in UK offshore waters, particularly offshore benthic habitats, seabirds and marine mammals.
  • Detailed knowledge of UK marine conservation issues, particularly the potential impacts of human activities (offshore marine industries, fisheries) and the ways in which these impacts may be mitigated and managed.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of marine nature conservation theory and practice (including MPAs), ideally with experience working on MPA networks.

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

  • A good understanding of UK and European legislation relating to the management of offshore industries;
  • An understanding of offshore fishing practices in the UK
  • Experience in reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments and/ or Habitat Regulations Assessments and their associated permit applications;
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g. Government, Nature Conservation Bodies, marine industry, NGOs etc).



Making Effective Decisions

  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations (Essential)
  • Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw key conclusions (Essential)


Leading and Communicating

  • Communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed (Essential)


Collaborating and Partnering

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


Managing a Quality Service

  • Implement, maintain and review [quality] systems and service standards to provide quality, efficiency and value for money (Desirable)
  • Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions (Desirable)


Delivering at Pace

  • Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands (Essential)



£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 06 July 2018
The anticipated interview date is during week commencing 30 July 2018