Job Description

Post Title: International Biodiversity Support Officer

Team: International Implementation

Ref No: 202295

Grade: O (EO)

Type of appointment:  Fixed-term

Location: Peterborough or Aberdeen

Salary: £24,735 per annum (pro rata)

This post will have a base in either Peterborough or Aberdeen.

JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach, allowing colleagues to benefit from time in the office, with the flexibility also to work from home. Employees are expected to work from our office base for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum, this will vary by team and the exact balance will depend on the nature of your role. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages.

Who are JNCC?

Established in 1991, we’re the UK’s statutory advisor on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four Governments of the UK. We also work with private sector organisations to support decision making on the sustainable use of marine waters and natural resources around the UK. JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair. Support is provided to the Committee by approx. 270 people who bring together scientific and technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels, and skills in working with other organisations. Staff are based in two main offices in Peterborough and Aberdeen.


We’re small enough (c.270 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. All our staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management provides employees with the freedom and tools you will need, and our friendly team will assist you in your role.

JNCC is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities as well as an exciting job in a unique environment.

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.

Short Summary:

JNCC’s International Implementation Team is seeking a biodiversity or environmental professional to support the delivery of a range of conservation and biodiversity projects. The International Biodiversity Officer will support the implementation of work packages and the development of funding bids. Ideal candidates should be detail orientated with a good knowledge of biodiversity, nature-based solutions and climate resilience. You will need to be a confident communicator, able to work with a wide range of partners and stakeholders from a diversity of cultures and fields.

IIT has long established partnerships with the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs) and has more recently developed partnerships in South America and Southern Africa. The strategic objective of these partnerships is to provide technical assistance and build capacity in partner Territories, countries and organisations enabling them to manage biodiversity, understand and respond to climate change impacts and build more secure food supplies.

The team implements a wide variety of projects on the ground with local partners in marine, terrestrial and coastal environments, maximising access to data, skills transfer through training and optimising land/marine management to protect and enhance biodiversity, maximising recognition of the economic and social value of biodiversity at national and community levels.

Current/planned projects include:

  • Implementation of coral reef action plans with the OTs, including response plans for stony coral tissue loss disease.
  • Natural capital valuations and development of asset registers and indicators to inform to inform nature conservation investment and decision-making
  • Ridge to reef land use modelling and planning decision support tools to aid biodiversity conservation.
  • Nature-based solutions to mitigate hurricane and other disaster-related risks in the OTs.
  • Post-Covid ‘green recovery’ and sustainable livelihoods initiatives with the OTs.
  • Advice to Defra and FCDO on high-impact investment strategies for nature-based solutions in the OTs and ODA-eligible countries.
  • ‘Whole island’ landscape scale planning in Overseas Territories to support biodiversity conservation.
  • Developing landscape scale decision support tools in Latin America to support agricultural production and land restoration programmes.

The work of the team supports and advises UK policy and departments in respect of the Overseas Territories and use of Official Development Assistance in the Territories and Latin America.

Job Description:

The main focus of the post will be to provide project support across the team and across a wide variety of projects, including the following:

  • Scientific projects: Support the team in harnessing the best science for impact through research and analysis, for example, collating and reviewing information from a range of different sources including scientific literature, undertaking quality assurance and critical review of outputs, and contributing to GIS and environmental modelling projects.
  • Partner engagement: Support the team in fostering productive and collaborative partnerships with our wide range of stakeholders, including organising and facilitating workshops and meetings, maintaining oversight of scheduling, supporting international logistics, taking minutes, answering internal and external queries and supporting project reporting.
  •  Website and communications: Support the team to maintain and develop materials for the JNCC website and internal and external communications. Contribute to the production, publication and subsequent communications of project outputs and reports, raising the profile of JNCC’s work nationally and internationally.
  • Data management: Supporting the establishment of data sharing agreements, managing third party data holdings, complying with internal data management protocols, quality checking and metadata cataloguing of incoming and existing datasets.


To be a successful candidate you will be/have:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience that provides the following knowledge, experience and behaviours.
  • A broad understanding of marine and/or terrestrial nature conservation work in the UK, our Overseas Territories and/or internationally.
  • Knowledge of marine and/or terrestrial activities, their pressures and impacts upon marine habitats and species and a broad understanding of management of human activities that affect habitats and species.

Experience (Responsibilities)

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Excellent communication and writing skills with an ability to synthesise and communicate complex technical information to an audience of varying levels of technical understanding and ability;
  • Excellent organisational and team-working skills with experience developing a logical approach to work delivery.
  • Experience managing website content and experience using GIS to map, manipulate and interpret datasets (ArcGIS or QGIS).
  • Ability to use standard MS Office 365 software, including Excel


  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on the Lead Behaviour of Delivering at Pace

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade:

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

Closing date and interview date

The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Sunday, 16 October 2022

The anticipated interview date is week commencing Monday, 31 October 2022

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