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Marine Survey Manager 2022-43 (Peterborough/Aberdeen)

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Location   Scotland (East)
Town/City   Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 9QA
Salary   £35,950
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   20/06/2022
Company Name   Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name  
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JNCC are looking for a Marine Survey Manager to join the Marine Monitoring Team. You will work under the guidance of JNCC’s Marine Monitoring Team Leaders, with a range of other specialists, both within JNCC and in other organisations. Using your knowledge of marine biodiversity and offshore benthic surveys, you will help develop, plan and implement surveys and manage delivery of survey data analyses for marine monitoring of offshore UK MPAs. You will also work with colleagues in the country nature conservation bodies (NatureScot, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland) and other public bodies (e.g. CEFAS, Marine Scotland, MMO, Environment Agency).

• Manage the MPA monitoring project to ensure all targets are met and budgets are well-managed;

• Ensure offshore MPA monitoring surveys are well planned and fit for purpose through the development of MPA monitoring objectives and survey specifications, identifying the needs of other JNCC
marine teams and liaising with external partners to manage survey delivery;

• Ensure new and outstanding offshore MPA survey reports are completed and published;

• Manage sample processing and analysis contracts, including the drafting of specifications and undertaking of procurement;

• Ensure quality assurance of survey deliverables;

• Liaise with other organisations on offshore survey related activities;

• Line-manage and supervise a small team to deliver the work described above.

Most of the work will be office based, but there may be opportunities to participate in field surveys at sea (for up to several weeks at a time). The post-holder will be required to work with colleagues in JNCC’s Peterborough and Aberdeen offices, and may also be required to attend meetings in UK and overseas, involving overnight stays away from home.


Please demonstrate in your statement of suitability your reasons for applying. You will then be asked later in this application to provide a short statement against how you meet each of the technical and experience requirements


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

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

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience that provides the required technical skills and behaviours
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the marine biodiversity in UK waters, including knowledge of the UK and European marine habitat classifications
  • Experience in planning and undertaking seabed monitoring surveys using a variety of techniques, including seabed imagery, grab and core sampling, and acoustic survey.
  • Knowledge of seabed data interpretation techniques across a variety of data types, such as seabed images, grab and core samples, and acoustic data.
  • Good understanding of data management principles and practice, including quality assurance and quality control procedures for marine biodiversity data.
  • Verifiable experience in the use of standard office software, databases, GIS and statistical packages, to manipulate, interrogate and interpret spatial datasets, including experience of integrating and analysing different types of data from multiple sourc
Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.
JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

Leave entitlement

JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

Work/life balance

JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Civil Service Pension

Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC makes a significant contribution to the cost of employee pensions.

Employee Assistance Programme

JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life's ups and downs, events and challenges.

Trade Union

JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Employee Discount Scheme

Civil Service Sports Club


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and a statement of suitability. In your statement, refer to the responsibilities and experience section of this advert to show how you’re suitable for the role. Make your statement no longer than 1250 words.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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