[MARMAM] Job Vacancy - Cardigan Bay SAC Officer, West Wales , UK

Annalisa Bianchessi annalisab at ceredigion.gov.uk
Mon Jan 7 07:17:20 PST 2008




From: Annalisa Bianchessi [mailto:annalisab at ceredigion.gov.uk] 
Sent: 24 December 2007 11:07
To: 'marmam at lists.uvic.ca'


Details of a vacancy for the post of Cardigan Bay SAC Officer in West Wales,
UK outlined below: This post is being advertised from 2nd January with a
closing date for application of 17th January 2008. Post reference 40ESH
2301030/WM. Please visit www.ceredigion.gov.uk
<http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/>  for an application form or call 01545
572017 quoting job reference. Please note that the Council offices will be
closed from the end of today (24th December) to the 2nd January 2008.


 Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation Officer

Grade: Scale 6 Spinal: Point 26-28 (£21,412-22,845)

Fixed-term post to March 2009 with possible extension


Based at Penmorfa,  Aberaeron, West Wales

Department of Environmental Services and Housing (Planning Division)



a.    Cardigan Bay SAC


Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is part of a network of
sites identified under the EU Habitats Directive, 1992.  Cardigan Bay was
selected because of its importance for the Bottlenose Dolphin.  Since then
Atlantic grey seals, river and sea lampreys, reefs, sand banks and sea caves
have been added to the designation. 


A Management Scheme for the SAC was produced in 2000 and is currently being
reviewed and is out for public consultation. Further information about the
SAC can be viewed on the Cardigan Bay SAC web site
(www.cardiganbaysac.org.uk <http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/cbsac> ).


The SAC is managed by the Cardigan Bay Relevant Authorities Group[1] (i.e.
those authorities with specific responsibilities for the site).  A Liaison
Group has also been established as a means of ensuring that the wider
community can be involved in management. 


Ceredigion has two marine SACs, covering approximately 2/3 of inshore waters
(the other SAC being the Penllyn a’r Sarnau SAC).  In addition, the County
Council is developing an approach for the integrated management of the
coastal zone.  In 2006 the Council opened a small marine information centre
on the harbour at New Quay, the Cardigan Bay Boat Place, in order to promote
codes of conduct amongst boat users of the Bay. The post therefore
contributes to the wider aims of marine protected area management in the



b.     Overall objectives of post


1.        To assist in the development, maintenance and implementation of a
management scheme and related activities of the Cardigan SAC on behalf of
the Relevant Authorities Group 

2.        To provide a focal point for liaison and consultation between the
Relevant Authorities Group and statutory bodies, interest groups and local

3.        To provide information and interpretation on all aspects of the



c.      Duties and responsibilities


1.        To contribute to the development and implementation of identified
management actions within the revised management scheme

2.        To keep the management scheme under review and the management
scheme document updated. This will include the co-ordination of inputs, and
collation and preparation of sections of the document as required. 

3.        To maintain and promote the liaison framework established between
the public, user groups, local communities, and the Relevant Authorities

4.        To organize and coordinate occasional public consultations on all
aspects of the SAC; analyse and report the consultation responses to the
Relevant Authorities Group.

5.        Provide information to the wider public on the management scheme
via the production of occasional publications/press releases 

6.        To carry out regular marine patrols to raise awareness of
appropriate behaviour at sea 

7.        To assist with raising awareness of appropriate behaviour at sea
through the promotion of codes of conduct at the Cardigan Bay Boat Place. 

8.        The maintenance of the Cardigan Bay SAC website

9.        To liaise with other management and monitoring/research groups,
and establish or maintain effective working relations with representatives
of local and national agencies, authorities and bodies as appropriate

10.    Assist the Relevant Authorities Group with the identification of gaps
in current knowledge and research needs.

11.    Contribute to the establishment and management of scientific and
administrative information systems for the SAC.

12.    Identify and contribute to the development of appropriate protocols
and strategies for monitoring the effectiveness of the management scheme.

13.    Provide administrative and secretarial support for the Relevant
Authorities Group and Liaison Group.

14.    To contribute to the development of Local Biodiversity Action marine
habitats and species plans and their implementation



d.      Conditions of employment


The Relevant Authority Group (SACRAG) will provide overall direction to the
work of the post-holder.  The Countryside Council for Wales, in particular,
will provide technical assistance and supervision to the scientific aspects
of the post.  


The post-holder will be located in the Conservation Team in the Coast and
Countryside Section of Ceredigion County Council at Penmorfa in Aberaeron
and at the Cardigan Bay Boat Place, New Quay. The post-holder will be
line-managed by and responsible to the Conservation Management Officer.
Weekend and evening work will be required


e.      Post Requirements



*         Degree or equivalent in an appropriate environmental science or

*         Qualifications in a marine science would be an advantage, but not



*         A background in the management, regulation or study of maritime
operations would be an advantage.

*         Experience in environmental management (not necessarily marine)
especially managing public use would be an advantage.

*         Mature and self-reliant; able to work on own initiative 

*         Proven ability to work to timetables and target dates.


Essential Skills / Competencies:

*         Advanced RYA Power boat qualification. (Training will be provided
where necessary) 

*         Comfortable dealing with the public and with conflict management.

*         Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

*         Good writing skills and ability to collate summarise and present
complex issues to a wide range of individuals and organisations.

*         Computer literacy essential (especially in use of databases);
familiarity with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) an advantage.

*         Experience in, or knowledge of, a range of interpretation

*         Current full UK driving licence.


*	Extensive knowledge of, and interest in, the marine environment (not
necessarily in any professional capacity)


*        Working knowledge of relevant legislation (in particular the EU
Habitats and Species Directives, and UK Regulations) an advantage.

*         A knowledge of Welsh would be an advantage



f.        Additional information

Interviews will be held on February 1st with a view to the post holder
commencing duties at the earliest opportunity after that date. For an
informal discussion, contact Liz Allan, Conservation Management Officer on
01545 572142 from 7th January, 2008


This post is supported by Countryside Council for Wales and other Relevant




Liz Allan
Conservation Management  Officer
Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion / Ceredigion County Council
Aberaeron SA46 0PA
Ph. +44 (0) 1545572142




[1]  The Relevant Authorities Group comprises - Ceredigion County Council;
the Countryside Council for Wales; Environment Agency Wales; Dwr Cymru;
North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee; South Wales Sea
Fisheries Committee; Pembrokeshire County Council; Pembrokeshire Coast
National Park Authority and Trinity House

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