Senior Adviser, Ecosystems and Land Management

Post Duties

The principal duties of the post are to:

  • Lead and project manage JNCC’s engagement with Defra and the other delivery partners in the development of ELM, bringing effective input of JNCC’s advice and technical capabilities;
  • Co-ordinate a small team within JNCC who input to ELM, bringing together active partner engagement and JNCC specialisms to enhance the effective development of ELM; line manage at least one team member;
  • Develop and maintain a good understanding of relevant policy and legislation which impacts on land management (e.g. agriculture, forestry, nature conservation, environment), the drivers for change, and their post-CAP development in the United Kingdom;
  • Develop and maintain a sound understanding of innovative approaches to implementing land management policy, which reach beyond traditional agri-environment measures, to integrate biodiversity with other public goods e.g. natural capital modelling, nature-based solutions, conservation covenants, nature recovery networks;
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts with the Devolved Administrations and Country Nature Conservation Bodies across the UK, to ensure effective collaboration and ideas sharing, both within the UK and, where relevant, internationally;
  • Work closely with JNCC’s Ecosystem Analysis Team to deploy specialist and technical input in ecosystem analysis, earth observation, and modelling effectively, to strengthen these skills in the ELM pilot;
  • Support JNCC’s engagement more broadly in the ELM programme, e.g. on advice and guidance, strategy development, business case, programme management, stakeholder engagement and communications, and end to end design workstreams;
  • Maintain effective liaison with other delivery partners to ensure co-ordinated and complimentary delivery in key work areas.


To be a successful candidate you will have:

A relevant degree or equivalent qualification, and subsequent demonstrable relevant experience.


If you successfully reach the interview stage, you will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation.  Details of this will be sent to candidates before interview.


To be a successful candidate you will have:

  •  Good general knowledge of ecology and nature conservation in the UK, including the current policy and legislative framework, with demonstrable experience of one or more of agri-environment schemes, land use policy, landscape scale conservation, ecosystem services;
  • Experience of integrating multiple environmental benefits and outcomes using environmental evidence, at the farm, landscape or regional level, either through the deployment of delivery schemes, through modelling and data analysis, or through knowledge of relevant policy development.
  • The ability to work within a team, to contribute to wider team and organisational goals, working effectively with team leaders and other team members, together with the ability to work independently and to manage personal workloads by assessing priorities and planning work programmes.


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture

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 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 Thursday, 08 April 2021

The anticipated interview date is Friday, 23 April 2021