REF1864 - Northern Upland Conservation Advisers

Natural England

Closing date: 21 Mar 2018

Reference number





Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

18 Months

Business area


Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Bakewell , Kendal , Manchester , Nottingham , York


Kendal, Manchester, Nottingham, York

About the job

Job description

The team

The posts will be located in the Yorkshire, Cumbria, East Midlands and Lancashire teams as part of NE Operations Delivery

Job description

Role description;

As an Adviser you will be supporting our Area Teams to deliver our ambitions in the uplands through our Conservation Strategy. Our Advisers work within the Area Team to provide support internally and to work with partners, stakeholders and land managers to deliver outcomes aimed at creating resilient landscapes, growing natural capital and putting people at the heart of the environment.

We are seeking a range of skills and knowledge to support our Area Teams and these will include ecology, negotiation, mapping and upland land management. You will be a team player and be able to work with a range of staff in local and national teams. We are looking for flexible and adaptable individuals with effective communication skills who will be able to lead and progress projects, developing shared outcomes with a range of partners that deliver a real difference for landowners and the natural environment.

The post holder will also be responsible for delivering a range of terrestrial biodiversity work including project administration, communications support and the delivery of protected sites related activities.

The post holder will also assist with site visits and surveys predominantly on moorland habitat.

Skills and knowledge

A drive to learn and further improve technical knowledge and apply it to the job in a flexible, pragmatic and outcomes focused way.

A good understanding of protected sites legislation relevant to SSSIs and European sites.

An understanding of the aims, outcomes and priority actions in the Biodiversity 2020 Strategy, Lawton's 'Making Space for Nature', and an understanding of the work of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Group

A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook (ArcView GIS desirable).

Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, in conveying complex and and/or difficult messages/concepts to a range of audiences

Ability to prioritise and deal appropriately with fluctuating reactive workloads.

Ability to manage casework in line with statutory duty and published service standards.


A-level / GCSE

Degree / Postgraduate


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

  • Work Delivery – Practitioner


    • Identify, understand and follow the instructions, policies, procedures and standards relevant to your work
    • Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines.
    • Consider the value for money and return on investment of activity, and when to seek income from our products and services

  • Building Partnerships - Practitioner


    • Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners, stakeholders and customers

  • Communicating effectively – Practitioner


    • Listen well, be open minded, and take time to understand the other person’s point of view

  • Collecting, monitoring and analysing data & evidence – Practitioner


    • Interpret, evaluate and use evidence to inform your decision-making

  • Personal Effectiveness – Practitioner


    • Suggest innovations and reforms to improve the way your team and Natural England operates
    • Adapt your style, content and approach to communicate effectively with different audiences and across different media
    • Act positively to support the diverse needs of other people in everything you do



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Michael Woodhouse

07833 500908

Closing date for applications is; 21 March 2018 at 23:55pm

Sift/interview dates and location

week commencing 19th March 2018

Further information

To apply, please click on the link below;

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