Strategic Coastal Lead Adviser

Natural England

Crewe or Manchester
£24,120 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: 1572467

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, marine conservation

Closing date: Monday, 26th February 2018   3 days left

The team 

The Cheshire to Lancashire Team area 

We provide environmental leadership in an area of 6 million people with magnificent natural assets including the Pennine and Bowland hills, the wetlands of Cheshire and Great Manchester and the wildlife-rich Irish Sea coast. 

Urban areas are a focus for major economic growth, and home to millions that not only enjoy the nearby wetlands, hills and the coast, but also rely on the environmental services they provide, such as clean water and high quality food. 

The expansive Pennine and Bowland moors contain significant tracts of blanket bog and are home to hen harrier and merlin. Our coastline is dominated by the Dee, Mersey, Ribble estuaries and Morecambe Bay - all of international importance for birds, alongside some of England’s most famous seaside resorts and a busy commercial port. 

The Cheshire to Lancashire Area Team 

All Team members work in partnership with communities, businesses, land/sea managers and other partners to build a resilient natural environment that contributes to a healthy, prosperous place to live and work. We do this across a series of geographical Focus Areas that contain landscape scale Flagship projects aligned to Natural England’s Conservation 21 Strategy. 

Our integrated flexible place based Teams, aligned to Focus Areas, bring together the skills and knowledge to maximise our ability to deliver more nature for more people.

We have offices in Crewe and Manchester, and currently use “hot desk” facilities at the DEFRA building (Lutra House) on the outskirts of Preston. We have a reserve base at Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve 

Job description 

As a Strategic Coastal Lead Adviser, you will work across terrestrial and marine environments to achieve the best possible outcome for the Cheshire to Lancashire coastal environments. This exciting vacancy falls with our Coast and Marine Team, covering the Dee to Ribble and Morecambe Bay Focus Areas. 

Dee to Ribble has extensive areas of open sea, shifting sand dunes and exposed sand and mud beaches that attract thousands of birds each winter. Whilst Morecambe Bay is the largest continuous intertidal area in the UK, with vast panoramas and shifting channels, surrounded by wetlands, grazing marsh and limestone habitats, a home to rare species such as lady slipper orchid. 

This is a challenging and rewarding role that provides great opportunities to develop the full range of key capabilities in support of your personal development 

You will be responsible for one of the areas flagship projects which is to find ways to minimise the impacts of recreational use of the coast. Working with key partners and local people you will devise solutions which will transform the health of the natural environment and empower people to make informed choices. 

With a good understanding of strategic planning systems relating to the coast and knowledge of coastal defence types you will be expected to engage with local plans and shoreline management plans to build relationships and develop strategic solutions. 

On a day to day basis you will work closely with the officers responsible for Morecambe Bay, Wyre Estuary, Lune Estuary, Ribble and Alt Estuaries as well as the Sefton Coast. This will include responding to consultations relating to coastal protection within statutory deadlines. 

As evidence lead for the Cheshire to Lancashire coast you will work with the team to identify evidence gaps and work with partners and academics to fill these. 

Another core purpose of the role will be identifying and taking up opportunities for income generation through our Discretionary Advice Service. This will include initiating discussions with potential customers to gauge their interest, securing agreements, preparing customer contracts, and delivering the services specified. 

Participate in relevant internal networks to ensure personal development and the timely exchange of information and best practice and identifying more effective ways of working through collating lessons learned. 

Using knowledge and skills consistently and flexibly to support the team’s work. Supporting managers by showing leadership, initiative and sharing expertise with others 


A relevant degree (e.g. ecology, environmental studies, coastal ecology etc.) and practical experience or alternative qualification and practical experience or proven suitable relevant experience.


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

  • With a good grounding in partnership working, combined with experience of working in an integrated way, the successful candidate will also bring specific skills and knowledge on strategic planning (understanding of local plans, shoreline management plans and marine plans), coastal birds, coastal processes and habitats. 
    • A relevant degree (e.g. ecology, environmental studies, coastal ecology etc) and practical experience or alternative qualification and practical experience or proven suitable relevant experience.
    • Knowledge of coastal processes, habitats and coastal bird ecology and relation to strategic planning.
    • Use of wide range of evidence to develop policy or advice.
  • Personal effectiveness - continuous improvement 
    • Identify, suggest and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and Natural England. [Practitioner]
    • Show innovation and creativity in finding solutions and encourage team members to do so in their day to day work within a framework of clear standards. [Practitioner]
  • Putting people at the heart of the environment 
    • Collaborate, negotiate and influence in a well-informed way to achieve pragmatic outcomes. [Practitioner]
    • Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers. [Practitioner]
    • Understand and explain the outcomes that we seek in your local patch and how these fit in with local and national issues. [Practitioner]
    • Understand the key drivers and agendas which motivate all partners and actors including local communities, who could be engaged to secure positive environmental outcomes for people and wildlife. [Practitioner]
    • Expect and demand excellent customer service, ensure lessons are learnt and success celebrated. [Practitioner]
  • Work delivery 
    • Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income from our products and services. [Practitioner]
  • Creating resilient landscapes and seas 
    • Understand the application of delivery at a landscape/seascape scale; understand how biodiversity outcomes interact with landscape, geodiversity and access outcomes, and understand the use of the ecosystem approach to deliver these integrated environmental outcomes for the benefit of people and wildlife. [Practitioner]
    • Understand the value of and the relationship and dependencies between protected sites and the wider landscape to wildlife and people. [Practitioner]

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