Marine Lead Adviser (Ref: 3253)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 28th June 2021


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Higher Executive Officer
Lead Adviser

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Both permanent and fixed-term roles available. Fixed-term roles run up to 31 March 2022 with possibility of extension

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job


This is a National Role

Job description

The team

Everything’s better with nature. You included.

We are the Government’s statutory adviser for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. This describes an ambitious vision, bringing new opportunities to protect and enhance, and to achieve real outcomes for the environment.

At Natural England, we love what we do. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. A healthy natural environment is fundamental to our wellbeing, prosperity and happiness – that’s why we collaborate with scientists, lawyers, project managers and experts to implement environmental policy and shape decisions.

We work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and customers on a huge range of projects, from influencing construction, advising farmers and landowners how they can manage their land in a sustainable way for the benefit of the environment, gathering and analysing environmental data, and carrying out vital statutory duties. Across the country, we’re helping nature to support people and our planet.

We are focusing our efforts on six key programmes:

Greener Farming and Fisheries – supporting those who manage land and sea to operate in harmony with the environment

Sustainable Development – creating great places for people to live and work

Connecting People with Nature - promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors

Resilient Landscapes and Seas – protecting and restoring wildlife and natural beauty for future generations

Specialist Science and Evidence - an evidence-led organisation that is driven by science

Managing the Organisation – gathering business data to enable decision-making.

Natural England staff are inclusive, motivated and ambitious to achieve results for our environment, for everyone. We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Wherever possible Natural England accommodates requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their health and wellbeing.

From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. Where appropriate there will be offers of training under our apprenticeship schemes.

See more about the work of Natural England at

Job description

We have a number of vacancies in our Area Teams across the country. These roles will be delivering our marine work which includes conservation advice, condition assessments, monitoring, marine casework (offshore wind/sustainable development) and fisheries management advice.

The successful candidate(s) will play a central role in the co-ordination and delivery of Natural England’s work in the marine environment.

The post holders will

• Take a leading role on the conservation and recovery of the marine environment through the provision of advice, monitoring and working with partners
• Marine casework specific roles will take ownership of casework, coordinating the provision of advice from across Natural England, building expertise to deliver quality-assured and robust advice on major marine projects.

Remit of all roles will include (but not be limited to):

• Contributing to the production of formal conservation advice packages for our Marine Protected Area (MPA) network
• Carrying out MPA feature condition assessments as part of our statutory duty and to inform advice
• Identification and completion of priority marine monitoring (may include field work)
• Provision of advice on Environmental Impacts Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments (including technical supporting information)
• Provision of statutory advice to competent authorities such as local planning authorities and the Marine Management Organisation within specified statutory time frames
• Responding to post-consent consultations on discharge of DCO and marine licence conditions
• Provision of advice to developers to inform survey and monitoring plans and reports through Natural England’s Discretionary Advice Service.
• Provision of chargeable advice through Natural England’s Discretionary Advice Service (DAS), to maximise early engagement opportunities to achieve better outcomes for the natural environment
• Building partnerships with customers and stakeholders to resolve complex or contentious planning issues in order to support nature recovery.
• Identification of any risks associated with the delivery of this work and ensuring they are escalated appropriately
• Participation in relevant internal technical networks, showing leadership and sharing best practice with others to support development of strategic approaches to challenges and promote skills development across the wider team.

Some roles may have a sole focus on marine casework, fisheries or our MPA work from the above descriptions.

Roles may involve working outside, and regular travel including to sites which are not accessible by public transport so a driving license is essential.

We have a number of roles available. Some roles on offer can only be done from specific offices. This includes Area Team roles where you would be expected to be based in the team’s geographic area. Some National Team roles have ‘hubs’ where you would be expected to join the rest of the team in a specific office. Many roles in National Teams can be undertaken from any office.

You can view a map of our office locations here:

Please specify your location preferences in the appropriate field on the application form.

Successful candidates will be allocated roles in merit order based on scores achieved at interview and in accordance with location preferences, taking into account the work area successful candidates are most suited to wherever possible

How to apply

We'll assess you against the competencies below during the selection process. When completing the application form you should present relevant examples using the STAR format. STAR stands for:

• Situation
• Task
• Action
• Result

Examples should be given in no more than 250 words for each competency. For full details see the attached Candidate Information Pack.

Next steps

If we receive a significant number of applications we may choose to sift applications on the first two competencies of Technical Skills and Knowledge and Personal Effectiveness only.

If you are successful in being invited to interview you will be asked to give examples for all four competencies.


Competence 1

Professional competency

Technical Skills and Knowledge

• A relevant degree or equivalent relevant experience (essential)
• Knowledge of legislation relating to the marine environment (essential)
• Understanding of habitat management (essential)
• Knowledge of marine ecology, processes and biodiversity in UK waters (essential)
• Experience of planning, monitoring and delivering projects (desirable)
• Knowledge of marine industries and their interaction with marine/coastal habitats (desirable)
• Experience of working with stakeholders, NGOs and other partners (desirable)
• Knowledge of the main challenges in delivering NE's sustainable development work in marine habitats (desirable)

Competence 2

Professional competency

Personal Effectiveness

• Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence (practitioner)
• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience (basic)
• Act with integrity, addressing challenging issues and managing conflict through being open and objective (practitioner)

Competence 3

Professional competency

Putting People at the Heart of the Environment

• Listen to and understand our diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and Natural England (practitioner)
• Understand and explain the outcomes that we seek in your local patch and how these fit in with local and national issues (basic)
• Deliver the environmental benefits that people and places need most and take practical steps to enhance opportunities for people to access, engage with, enjoy and take action for the environment (practitioner)

Competence 4

Professional competency

Creating Resilient Landscapes and Seas

• Understand how natural processes, land/sea management and use impact the conservation and management of geodiversity, the marine and historic environments (practitioner)
• Understand the environmental value of designated sites and explain that to partners, stakeholders and customers (practitioner)
• Use and contribute to the evidence base on environmental and landscape change to support resilient landscapes and seascapes (practitioner)


Please refer to Job Description


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


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

Please refer to Job Description

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 (or eligible for) status under 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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