Marine Lead Adviser (Ref: 3795)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 13th December 2021


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Higher Executive Officer
Lead Adviser

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Fixed term posts run for a period of up to 31 March 2024. Both permanent and fixed term available

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


Thee positions can be based in:

Ashford (Kent) , Cambridge , Eastleigh , Leeds , Lincoln , National , Newcastle-upon-Tyne , Norwich , Nottingham , Peterborough , Worthing , York

Job description

The team

Everything’s better with nature. You included.

We are the Government’s statutory advisor 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, projects 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 – Gather 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

We have a number of vacancies in our area and national 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 delivery of Natural England’s work in the marine environment.

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.

• Take a leading role on the conservation, and recovery of the marine environment through the provision of advice, monitoring and working with partners.

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

• Some roles may have a sole focus on marine casework, fisheries, aggregate extraction or our MPA work from the below descriptions. There may also be some cross over with terrestrial work areas.

• Provision of advice on Environmental Impacts Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments (including technical supporting information). Providing statutory advice on MPA site assessments –to a range of regulators, involving sustainable development advice (eg. offshore wind and aggregates; as well as advice on fisheries)

• Contribute to the production of formal Conservation advice packages for our MPA network

• Carry 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)

• Responding to post-consent consultations on discharge of DCO and Marine licence conditions

• 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 and tin order to support and nature recovery.

• Participate in relevant internal technical networks, showing leadership & sharing best practice with others to support development of strategic approaches to challenges, and promote skills development across the wider team

This role may involve working outside, and regular travel including to sites..

Roles available are:

• 2x Advising on impacts of fisheries in MPA’s – initially 24 months FTA, full time (National SGA team, can be done from any office)

• 1x Coordination of impacts of fisheries in MPA’s - permanent, full time (National SGA Team, can be done from any office)

• 1x Advising on impacts of aggregate extraction and assessment of benthic habitats – initially 24 month- full time (National SGA team, can be done from any office)

• 2x Marine major casework with terrestrial elements (one in Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough, Lincoln or Nottingham and one in Leeds or York)

• 3x generic marine Lead adviser role (two roles based in Newcastle and one in Ashford, Worthing or Eastleigh)

In addition further roles may become available and we will match successful candidates into roles in merit order taking into account their geographic preferences.

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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 (you do not have to use this format for Technical skills though). 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.


Competence 1
Professional competency

Technical skills and knowledge (STAR format not necessary)


• A relevant degree (please state) or equivalent relevant experience
• 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 (including fisheries and fisheries management; aggregate extraction) 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

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)
• 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 3
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)


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 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

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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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