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Senior Marine Mammal Adviser

Ref No: 2020/27
Grade: S
Type of appointment: Permanent
Location: Aberdeen preferred but Peterborough is a possibility
Team: Marine Management Team

Published: .

Looking for an opportunity to have an impact in marine mammal conservation and best practice in sustainable marine management? 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. 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?

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 the 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 UK and European policy and legislation.

As advisers, JNCC has a significant role to play in the management of the offshore marine environment through advice provision, identifying and reducing evidence gaps, as well as in shaping policy and guidance.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for candidates experienced in the assessment of the effects of offshore industries on marine mammal species and their habitats, in particular the effects of underwater noise. Candidates should be able to critically review scientific information and also have managed or significantly contributed to the successful delivery of research projects.

You will provide robust advice to regulators and industry on the assessment and management of underwater noise and the protection of marine mammal species and their habitats. You will establish productive relationships with colleagues at JNCC and statutory nature conservation country agencies as well as regulators, industry, academia and Non-Governmental Organisations to identify opportunities for novel work, seek funding and support projects’ specifications, bids and delivery. Full details of the role are included in the job description


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

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 NGOs.
  • 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.



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


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.


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

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on the 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 26 October 2020

Interviews are expected to take place on 12 November 2020.

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