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Senior Marine Industries Ornithologist

Ref No: 2020/28
Grade: S
Type of appointment: Permanent
Location: Aberdeen
Team: Marine Species

Published: .

Looking for an opportunity to have an impact in seabird conservation and best practice in sustainable marine industry growth? Then JNCC is the employer for you.

Who is JNCC?

Established in 1990, we’re the UK’s statutory adviser on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four governments of the UK. We also work with private sector organisations to support decision making on the sustainable use of marine waters and natural resources around the UK. JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair. Support is provided to the Committee by almost 200 people who bring together scientific and technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels, and skills in working with other organisations. Staff are based in two main offices in Peterborough and Aberdeen.

What’s the role?

The Marine Species Team is responsible for delivery of JNCC’s advice on the conservation of marine species and has a leading role in providing evidence and advice to support UK seabird conservation. JNCC’s marine ornithologists provide advice to a range of stakeholders, including industry, on the potential impacts of marine industries on seabird populations. We synthesise existing evidence, broker engagement between different sectors and, typically through collaboration, facilitate acquisition of the most relevant new evidence required to fulfil conservation ambitions whilst increasing confidence in potential environmental impacts of offshore development. We work in collaboration to progress useful, applied research, develop models and decision support tools, and advise on the adoption of new evidence and practices.

We are seeking a seabird ecologist with experience of assessing the potential impact of offshore wind development on marine birds, strong relationship development skills and an ability to effectively represent JNCC with a range of partners and stakeholders. The focus of this post will be working with industry partners to identify, facilitate initiation of and deliver research projects. The post holder will strengthen our strategic approach to evidence provision and develop new partnerships to add to our portfolio of projects.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced seabird ecologist who understands the interaction between Government nature conservation, net zero target and green-growth goals, the regulatory frameworks relevant to marine industries, and can confidently represent JNCC with private and public sector organisations. You will have experience of working in collaboration with partners from multiple sectors, can effectively identify evidence needs to support sustainable management decisions, and initiate and effectively manage new projects.


We’re small enough (c. 200 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. All our staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management provides advisers with the freedom and tools you will need, and our friendly team will assist you in your role. You will benefit from our supportive workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension benefits, as well as an exciting job in a unique environment.

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Post Duties

We are seeking a seabird ecologist with experience of assessing the potential impact of offshore wind development on marine birds, strong relationship development skills and an ability to effectively represent JNCC with a range of partners and stakeholders. The focus of this post will be working with industry partners on a commercial basis to identify and facilitate initiation of research that will inform assessment of impacts of offshore wind development within the context of relevant legal and policy frameworks. The post holder will work on established projects such as the Offshore Wind Strategic Monitoring & Research Forum and other aspects of JNCC’s commercial work, supporting management, delivery and promotion. They will work closely with stakeholders in the offshore wind sector, providing advice on interactions between seabirds and offshore wind development. They will also assist in strengthening our strategic approach to evidence provision, being a key representative of JNCC, developing new relationships and partnerships, and establishing opportunities for new work. Co-ordination of specialist inputs from other teams in JNCC will also be an important role and the post holder will support planning across groups and teams.




To be a successful candidate you will be:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience.
  • A seabird ecologist with a good understanding of anthropogenic influences on marine birds and ecosystems.



To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Knowledge of the process of assessing impacts of marine industry activities on marine birds, especially related to offshore wind, and regulatory procedures.
  • Experience of handling quantitative ecological information, including data management, analysis and modelling, interpreting information and presenting findings.
  • The ability to critically review scientific information, appraise and effectively communicate uncertainty, and provide high quality, risk-based, impartial advice.
  • Managed research or evidence synthesis projects with multiple partners, preferably from different sectors.
  • Represented an organisation(s) in a senior capacity, taking leadership on developing relationships with a range of different stakeholders and establishing collaborations.
  • Developed strategic plans for evolving established and novel work, and experience of leading the initiation new projects.
  • Successfully played a key role as part an effective team while also having experience of working independently.



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

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour.

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 3 – HEO and SEO or equivalent).



If you successfully reach the interview stage, you will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation (details of this will be sent to candidates before interview).

Hours of work: Full-time

Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.

Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share.

Annual Leave:

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. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.

Salary: £35,879 per annum

Find out more about the benefits of working at JNCC.


The closing date for this post is 09:00 on Monday, 26 October 2020.

The anticipated interview date is Tuesday, 10 November 2020.

Please be aware that at this time interviews are likely to take place by video conference.

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