Ecosystems Evidence Specialist


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.

Our vision is thriving nature for a sustainable future. Our strategic priorities from
2023 to 2030 are:

  • Use our scientific expertise to facilitate a collective response to the global biodiversity
  • Use our trusted expertise and judgement, advising on the effectiveness of existing
    policies, and on the design of new policies and action, to underpin progress towards nature
  • Lead the discussion to align action for nature and climate change, to deliver outcomes that
    tackle the climate breakdown and accelerate nature recovery.
  • Continue to innovate and advance our learning on nature recovery, so that science,
    technology, and new digital knowledge is applied to tackle ecological collapse.
  • Work collaboratively to support the transition to a sustainable blue/green economy, linking
    nature recovery to societal prosperity and wellbeing.
  • Seek opportunities to integrate the value of nature into decision-making, mainstreaming
    nature recovery into other policy areas.
  • Invest in our people and culture to ensure a motivated, inclusive, and learning
    organisation, where staff wellbeing is prioritised, and our partners are engaged and respected.

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

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.

Location: 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.

Short Summary: Post background

JNCC is looking for an evidence specialist with experience synthesising evidence from diverse
sources to devise approaches to complex problems. You will work within a dynamic,
multi-disciplinary Ecosystems Analysis team. You will help deliver innovative ways of measuring
the trajectory of biodiversity as we strive to meet the Nature Positive 2030 vision and collate
evidence that integrates biodiversity into the complex decision making in areas such as land
management, sustainable production and overseas development projects.

You will be working with colleagues who sustain and develop, alongside NGO and
academic partners, the iconic long-term measure of biodiversity change in the UK. You will also interact with colleagues who have led the application of the new wave of Earth Observation data to the environment, and others finding novel evidence to support diverse
areas including sustainable consumption and plant health.

Our work involves devising practical evidence solutions to complex problems including
targeting investment for multiple ecosystem service outcomes, detecting the response of
biodiversity to interventions at the local scale, understanding the impact of consumption on
the environment, and devising workable indicators for soil health and biodiversity indicators
for Overseas Development Aid projects.

The ecosystems evidence specialist post has a cross cutting role, sourcing and packaging
evidence for colleagues, policy customers and public communication pieces. These are likely to
include a combination of research synthesis, finding novel ways of summarising evidence to
achieve impact, research commissioning, stakeholder engagement, and depending on skillset, more
technical data analysis.

As post holder, you will use your evidence and facilitation skills to help ensure that
environmental decision making is based on the best available evidence.

The precise duties and responsibilities will be determined depending on the skills of the
successful candidate.

Job Description: Post Duties

  • Establish the current state of knowledge, and the tools and techniques available to
    quantify environmental pressures, activities or responses through rapid or more systematic
  • Deliver outputs from the evidence-base, including case studies, research syntheses, proofs
    of concept, evidence for policy summaries, tools, standards, and research reports or published
    research, leading or working collaboratively with others.
  • Deliver stakeholder engagement activities, including the preparation, delivery and
    reporting of workshops and meetings. This includes the development of meeting and workshop
    materials (e.g. briefs, agendas, speaker briefs, exercises), facilitation, note taking,
    preparation of post meeting/workshop outputs, and building and maintaining good relationships
    with stakeholders.
  • Produce (drafting, editing, assembly) and disseminate appropriate communications material
    through a range of online and print media, communicating project objectives, outputs or
    practical tools to stakeholders and raising the profile of the team’s work nationally and
  • Manage projects or work packages, with support from senior staff, including contributing to
    work planning, scoping of potential future work, liaising with customers, staff and
    contractors, coordinating quality assurance processes for project outputs, and completing
    relevant project documentation.
  • Depending on skillset and interests of the selected candidate, there may also be
    opportunities to get involved with quantitative data analysis tasks using scripting languages
    such as R or Python, or GIS software.


To be a successful candidate you will be/have:

  • Educated to degree level in a science or relevant subject, or have recent equivalent
    experience, including a solid understanding of scientific process
  • An ability to undertake time limited literature/web reviews with different levels of
    systematic approach depending on quality needed and to synthesise the results into frameworks
    that communicate the knowledge to technical and non-technical audiences

Experience (Responsibilities)

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • A good understanding of the components of biodiversity and how these can be related to the
    services provided to society and to natural capital values.
  • A good understanding of the pressures and impacts on biodiversity and how these might
    affect sustainable development based on examples either within the UK, or other countries.


  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • 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 Communicating and Influencing

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, 26 March 2023

The anticipated interview date is week commencing Monday, 03 April 2023

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