Environmental Pollution Adviser

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Peterborough or Aberdeen
£28,390 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, environmental policy & campaigning, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 22nd August 2022   2 days left

Environmental Pollution Adviser

Type of appointment: Permanent
Location: Peterborough or Aberdeen
Salary: £28,390 per annum (pro rata)

There is one post being advertised that will have a base in either Peterborough or Aberdeen. The role is also open for secondment.

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 almost 200 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.

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

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to Government on UK and international nature conservation working at the science-policy interface.

Pollution is recognised globally as one of the top 5 drivers of biodiversity loss and its effects on people and nature are raising in profile. All UK countries have or are developing strategies to tackle air and chemical pollution and specifically mention the need to address interactions with biodiversity loss, ecosystem function and global issues such as land use and climate change. Now is an opportune time for someone with scientific knowledge in contaminant fate and transport in the environment to help us deliver advice and evidence projects in the UK and internationally.

Within the Nature Conservation Policy and Advice team, JNCC leads and co-ordinates joint-working with the UK Country Nature Conservation Bodies (CNCBs), devolved administrations, research institutions and non-governmental organisations. This role will provide project and evidence support for addressing pollution effects on ecosystems over a range of scales, from local assessment to national reporting, and is driven by national and international policy. The work includes:

  • Coordinating evidence and advice from across JNCC teams to contribute to the Reducing Pollution through Partnership, an Official Development Assistance project;
  • Contributing to assessment, evidence and reporting on impacts from pollution;
  • Contributing to advice to Government e.g. on research and evidence requirements, links between biodiversity and contaminant regulation or policy;
  • Collating, providing and sharing information and best practice; and
  • Networking with other organisations and countries.


To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • A relevant degree in environmental science, physical sciences or environmental management or similar.


To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Understanding and experience with ecology and nature conservation in the UK and/or internationally, preferably with in-depth knowledge in air or chemical pollution;
  • Verifiable experience in using standard MS Office software. Some roles within the team may benefit from competence in data manipulation using spreadsheets and databases, GIS skills or the ability to manage web content. Additional skills in these areas are welcome.


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on Technical Skills/Experience and the lead Behaviour of Making Effective Decisions

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

Closing date and interview date

The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Monday, 22 August 2022

The anticipated interview date is Friday, 09 September 2022

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