[MARMAM] New vacancy at Natural England - Senior Specialist, Marine Mammals

Humphrey, Ophelie Ophelie.Humphrey at naturalengland.org.uk
Tue Feb 8 09:31:49 PST 2022

Natural England is currently seeking to fill various exciting roles, including:

Senior Specialist, Marine Mammal

Salary Minimum: £32,438

Post Type: Permanent

Location: Flexible location with UK (national travel required)

Closing date: Friday 25th February 2022

This Senior Specialist role will operate across Natural England's Sustainable Development programme to provide specialist advice and analysis for regulatory casework, consultations, and strategic solutions, with a particular focus on marine mammals. You will be based within our Chief Scientist Directorate, a great place to work with some of the country's leading environmental scientists, where you can play a leading role to both shape decisions and future reforms. The roles are highly varied, both building the evidence base and applying it to make a real difference to the natural environment. We offer strong support for flexible working and for personal development.

Your key tasks will include:

* Interpreting evidence to provide expert, practical advice to case officers and senior staff to assess and mitigate environmental impacts, whilst seeking environmental enhancement.
* Providing clear and timely evidence-based advice in relation to the protection and monitoring of domestic and European protected sites in relation to development pressures.
* Providing specialist advice in relation to assessing the impacts of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects upon the natural environment; and working to find practical solutions and mitigate impacts.
* Providing science and evidence advice and products to ensure that regulatory reform and efficiency initiatives are informed and led by science.
* Assisting in providing discretionary chargeable advice for developers and licence applicants.
* Assisting in the development of guidelines or standing advice to help assess impacts or guide developers or licence applicants.
* Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of the relevant evidence base and regularly horizon scanning for emerging issues.
* Building and analysing the required evidence base, together with highlighting important gaps in our understanding.
* Maintaining a high degree of integrity and expertise at all times and through continued professional development, whilst helping to improve the capability of other staff.
* Representing Natural England externally as a recognised expert and building relationships and links with key stakeholders and academic institutions.


We're looking for someone with an excellent understanding of marine mammals, their ecology and associated survey techniques. As a specialist, you will be keen to apply this to strategic solutions and evidence-based, practical advice to sectors such as oil and gas, renewable energy, nuclear and fisheries. With an excellent understanding of the relevant evidence base, you understand how marine pollution and climate change could be affecting marine animals. You also have a good understanding of broader English marine ecology and ecosystems, have the know-how required to inform the management of Marine Protected Areas, and understand wider policies and key stakeholders within the marine environment.

Further information

To view all of Natural England's current vacancies, including this one, and to apply, please visit Civil Service Jobs at https://civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/. More information about Natural England, including a case study of this role, is available at https://naturalenglandcareers.org.uk/. If you have any queries about this role, please direct them to Sandra.Unterhollenberg at naturalengland.org.uk<mailto:Sandra.Unterhollenberg at naturalengland.org.uk>.

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