Senior Marine Ornithologist

Team: Marine Species
Ref No: 2021/119
Grade: S
Type of appointment: Permanent
Location: Aberdeen

This post will have a base in Aberdeen.

Under current circumstances we can be flexible around remote working options until such time that we are able to return to office locations.

The successful candidate would then be expected to be able to work from our Aberdeen office for the first six months of their employment. Flexible and remote working options can then be considered after this period.

Hours of work:Full-time
Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.
Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share.

Annual Leave:
The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.

Post Background

JNCC’s marine ornithologists provide advice to statutory bodies, regulators and industry on the conservation of marine birds and potential impacts of marine industries on seabird populations, as well as working jointly with government, industry, NGOs and academia to obtain evidence. The evidence required to make informed decisions that ensure sustainable use of the marine environment is a focus for JNCC’s work. We coordinate seabird monitoring in the UK, providing data, statistics, and assessments on the status of breeding and non-breeding birds. We also synthesise existing evidence, broker engagement between different sectors and, typically through collaboration, identify the most relevant new evidence that is required to fulfil conservation ambitions whilst reducing uncertainty in decision-making processes. We work in collaboration to progress useful, applied research, develop models and decision support tools, and advise on the adoption of new evidence and practices. The marine ornithology group is part of the Marine Species Team; a leader in seabird monitoring and provision of strategic advice on pressures and solutions for marine bird conservation.

Post Duties 

We are seeking a seabird ecologist with good knowledge of the pressures affecting UK seabirds, experience of synthesising evidence for a range of decision-makers, good relationship development skills and an ability to effectively represent JNCC with a range of partners and stakeholders. The post-holder will be working with statutory bodies, research organisations and industry partners on a range of projects. Current projects include seabird bycatch evidence and advice, monitoring seabirds at sea, advice on protected areas, and research on seabird interactions with Offshore Wind developments. We are looking for somebody who can adapt to new challenges and work across different themes within the scope of our seabird evidence and advice role; somebody with good project management and analytical skills, who is keen to develop new ideas, and both lead and support delivery of evidence. They will also assist in strengthening our strategic approach to evidence provision and represent JNCC in external forums when required. Coordination of specialist inputs from other teams in JNCC will also be an important role and the post holder will support planning across groups and teams.


To be a successful candidate you will be:

  • A seabird ecologist with a good understanding of anthropogenic influences on marine birds and ecosystems


To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Experience of handling quantitative ecological information, including data management, analysis and modelling, interpreting information and presenting findings
  • The ability to critically review scientific information, appraise and effectively communicate uncertainty, and provide high quality, risk-based, impartial advice
  • Managed research or evidence synthesis projects with multiple partners, preferably from different sectors
  • Represented an organisation(s), developing relationships with a range of different stakeholders and establishing collaborations
  • Developed strategic plans for evolving established and novel work, and experience of leading the initiation of new projects
  • Successfully played a key role as part an effective team while also having experience of working independently


  •  Lead Behaviour: Working Together
  •   Making Effective Decisions
  •   Communicating and Influencing
  •   Seeing the Big Picture
  •   Changing and Improving

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour.

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade ( Level 3 – HEO and SEO or equivalent ):

Closing date and interview date 
The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Monday, 20 December 2021
The anticipated interview date will be in the week beginning 31st January 2022

How to apply:

Click here to view the vacancy on the Civil Service website.

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