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Title  

Senior Marine Ornithologist 2021/119

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location   Scotland (East)
Town/City   Aberdeen, Scotland,
Salary   £35,950
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Senior Level
Deadline   20/12/2021
Company Name   Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name  
Telephone   01733 562626
Email   recruitment@jncc.gov.uk
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Description  
Established in 1991, 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 with 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 around 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.

Post Background:

JNCC’s marine ornithologists provide advice to statutory bodies, regulators and industry on the conservation of marine birds and potential impacts of marine industries on seabird populations, as well as working jointly with government, industry, NGOs and academia to obtain evidence. The evidence required to make informed decisions that ensure sustainable use of the marine environment is a focus for JNCC’s work. We coordinate seabird monitoring in the UK, providing data, statistics, and assessments on the status of breeding and non-breeding birds. We also synthesise existing evidence, broker engagement between different sectors and, typically through collaboration, identify the most relevant new evidence that is required to fulfil conservation ambitions whilst reducing uncertainty in decision-making processes. 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. The marine ornithology group is part of the Marine Species Team; a leader in seabird monitoring and provision of strategic advice on pressures and solutions for marine bird conservation.

Job description

We are seeking a seabird ecologist with good knowledge of the pressures affecting UK seabirds, experience of synthesising evidence for a range of decision-makers, good relationship development skills and an ability to effectively represent JNCC with a range of partners and stakeholders. The post-holder will be working with statutory bodies, research organisations and industry partners on a range of projects. Current projects include seabird bycatch evidence and advice, monitoring seabirds at sea, advice on protected areas, and research on seabird interactions with Offshore Wind developments. We are looking for somebody who can adapt to new challenges and work across different themes within the scope of our seabird evidence and advice role; somebody with good project management and analytical skills, who is keen to develop new ideas, and both lead and support delivery of evidence. They will also assist in strengthening our strategic approach to evidence provision and represent JNCC in external forums when required. Coordination 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.

Responsibilities

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

Behaviours

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

  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • A seabird ecologist with a good understanding of anthropogenic influences on marine birds and ecosystems
  • 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), 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 of new projects
  • Successfully played a key role as part an effective team while also having experience of working independently

Benefits

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

Things you need to know

Security

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :   Recruitment Team
Email :   recruitment@jncc.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :   recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact recruitment@jncc.gov.uk in the first instance.
 
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