Marine Lead Adviser(Ref: 4166)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 25th July 2022



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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 posts run to the end of March 2023

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



East Midlands (England), East of England, London (region), North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber


This position is based at Ashford (Kent) , Bridgwater , Bristol , Cambridge , Crewe , Eastleigh , Exeter , Kendal , Leeds , Lincoln , London, Manchester , National , Newcastle-upon-Tyne , Norwich , Nottingham , Penrith , Peterborough , Reading , Telford , Truro , Wallingford , Worcester , Worthing , York

Job description

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a team? Can you see yourself advising communities and customers to maximise gains for the Natural Environment?

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and nature.

The priority work Natural England is delivering includes:

• Establishing a Nature Recovery Network to help wildlife thrive
• Monitoring environmental changes to identify and help reduce the effects of climate change
• Working with farmers and landowners to develop greener food production methods
• Advising on plans for new developments to maximise gains for nature
• Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing

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

See more about the work of Natural England at:

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 we will accommodate 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.

Natural England is adopting hybrid working – which means that our staff will work from a flexible range of locations, encompassing home, offices (ours and our partners) and relevant sites. By default, all new staff will be formally linked to one of our 25 offices across England and the expectation is that all new staff will be able to access their local office to be part of the community of staff in their geographic area.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties working in this way and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

National team roles can be linked with any Natural England office while Area Team roles will be linked with an office in the relevant geographic area.

View a map of our office locations here:

Job description

This is a rewarding role with fantastic opportunities to secure positive environmental outcomes for the marine environment.

We are looking for someone with a passion for nature’s recovery and an understanding of the potential impacts of developments on the natural environment, and who is driven to work with colleagues, stakeholders and our customers to find solutions and secure positive outcomes for all

Key tasks:

• Provision of advice on Habitats Regulations Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments. Providing statutory advice on Marine Protected Area (MPA) site assessments – to a range of regulators, involving sustainable development advice (e.g. offshore wind and aggregates; as well as advice on fisheries)
• Contribute to the production of formal conservation advice packages for our MPA work
• 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 Development Consent Orders and marine licence conditions
• Building partnerships with customers and stakeholders to resolve complex planning issues and in order to support nature recovery
• Take ownership of casework, coordinating the provision of advice from across Natural England, building expertise to deliver quality-assured and robust advice on major projects.
• Take a leading role on the conservation and recovery of the marine environment through the provision of advice, monitoring and working partners.
Some roles may have a sole focus on marine casework, fisheries, aggregate extraction or our MPA (Marine Protected Area). There may also be coastal work and cross over with terrestrial work areas.

The roles may involve working outside and regular travel including site visits.

How to Apply

We will 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

A maximum of 250 words is allowed for your response to each competency. The Candidate Information Pack has lots of useful information – read it before you begin completing the application form. Please note STAR format is not required for the ‘Technical Skills and Knowledge’ competency.

If we have a significant number of applications, we may decide to sift on the first two competencies which are 'Putting People at the Heart of the Environment' and 'Creating Resilient Landscapes and Seas'. Candidates who are invited for interview will be assessed on all four competencies.

As this is a large recruitment campaign, the expected timeline may be extended. Candidates should expect to hear if they have been invited to interview by mid August. Unfortunately, due to the size of this recruitment we are unable to provide feedback to candidates.

Competence 1
Professional competency

Technical Skills and Knowledge (STAR format not necessary)

• A relevant degree (please state) 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 (including fisheries and aggregate extraction) and their interaction with marine / coastal habitats (desirable)
• Experience of working with stakeholders, NGOs and other partners (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 the organisation you represent (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).

Competence 4
Professional competency

Work Delivery

• Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines (practitioner).
• Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures (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


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

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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