U.K./E.E.A. nationals: Environmental Economist

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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About the job

Summary

Develop and deliver advice on ecological/environmental economics, especially regarding natural capital and ecosystem services, including:
• Work closely with ecologists to understand the working of natural systems, terrestrial and marine, and identify the benefits that the natural environment provides the economy and society
• Evaluate the social and environmental costs, benefits and trade-offs of nature use and conservation and suggest ways in which this information could be incorporated into existing economic models and assessments to justify investment in the natural environment.
• Use economic analysis to advise or assist in the development, delivery or management of projects and programmes in the UK and abroad
• Identify key areas of evidence that should be developed to reduce uncertainty and improve assessments and advice regarding nature conservation
• Develop and maintain awareness of government policies that affect nature use and conservation and how these are influenced and implemented
• Participate in meetings with other agencies, academics, businesses and stakeholders regarding economics, ecosystem services or natural capital
• Support the JNCC Team Leaders and Senior Environmental Economist, for example, in responding to requests for evidence and advice, collating and synthesising information, publishing and disseminating outputs (including online), and representing JNCC in international panels, e.g., IPBES

Job description

Post Duties

Develop and deliver advice on ecological/environmental economics, especially regarding natural capital and ecosystem services, including:
• Work closely with ecologists to understand the working of natural systems, terrestrial and marine, and identify the benefits that the natural environment provides the economy and society
• Evaluate the social and environmental costs, benefits and trade-offs of nature use and conservation and suggest ways in which this information could be incorporated into existing economic models and assessments to justify investment in the natural environment.
• Use economic analysis to advise or assist in the development, delivery or management of projects and programmes in the UK and abroad
• Identify key areas of evidence that should be developed to reduce uncertainty and improve assessments and advice regarding nature conservation
• Develop and maintain awareness of government policies that affect nature use and conservation and how these are influenced and implemented
• Participate in meetings with other agencies, academics, businesses and stakeholders regarding economics, ecosystem services or natural capital
• Support the JNCC Team Leaders and Senior Environmental Economist, for example, in responding to requests for evidence and advice, collating and synthesising information, publishing and disseminating outputs (including online), and representing JNCC in international panels, e.g., IPBES

Experience

To be a successful candidate you will have:
• Good understanding of the principles and application of ecological and environmental economics, including ecosystem services, natural capital, natural capital accounting and valuation of non-market goods & services
• Experience of using, interpreting and delivering scientific and technical economic outputs and statistics to a high standard and in plain English
• Experience working in interdisciplinary teams of natural plus social scientists
• Willingness to adapt and learn, specifically to achieve broad understanding of ecology, marine and terrestrial, as applicable in ecological/environmental economic analysis
• Sound computer literacy skills, including use of spreadsheets, word processors, computer presentations and the internet.
• Excellent analytical and writing skills, including experience of literature review, statistical analysis, synthesis of complex information, identification of key messages, and graphic presentation, communicating complex concepts to non-technical audiences in simple, succinct, and easily accessible terms.
• Broad understanding of nature conservation -- policy and implementation in the UK, Europe and internationally.
• Understanding of the concepts of ‘blue’ and ‘green’ finance; ESG investing, value chain analysis; ‘net gain’; nature-based solutions; climate change mitigation and adaptation; carbon accounting; behavioural economics; GIS mapping and economic modelling
 

Responsibilities

To be a successful candidate you will have:

• Good understanding of the principles and application of ecological and environmental economics, including ecosystem services, natural capital, natural capital accounting and valuation of non-market goods & services
• Experience of using, interpreting and delivering scientific and technical economic outputs and statistics to a high standard and in plain English
• Experience working in interdisciplinary teams of natural plus social scientists
• Willingness to adapt and learn, specifically to achieve broad understanding of ecology, marine and terrestrial, as applicable in ecological/environmental economic analysis
• Sound computer literacy skills, including use of spreadsheets, word processors, computer presentations and the internet.
• Excellent analytical and writing skills, including experience of literature review, statistical analysis, synthesis of complex information, identification of key messages, and graphic presentation, communicating complex concepts to non-technical audiences in simple, succinct, and easily accessible terms.
• Broad understanding of nature conservation -- policy and implementation in the UK, Europe and internationally.
• Understanding of the concepts of ‘blue’ and ‘green’ finance; ESG investing, value chain analysis; ‘net gain’; nature-based solutions; climate change mitigation and adaptation; carbon accounting; behavioural economics; GIS mapping and economic modelling

Qualifications

Educated to degree level with a focus on economics, preferably ecological economics, environmental economics, or natural resource economics.

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Benefits

A Civil Service pension

Leave entitlement
JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.
JNCC also offers paid and unpaid special leave, available by agreement with line managers and in line with JNCC policy.
Part-time employees receive these benefits pro rata.

Work/life balance
JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.
Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements.
Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Employee Discount Scheme

Employee Assistance Programme

Civil Service Sports Club

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Salary sacrifice schemes

Trade Union

Equality and diversity

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on 29 June 2020
Interviews are expected to take place on 10 July 2020.

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).

Please be aware that at this time interviews will take place either over the phone or by video conference. We will aim to give you a minimum of 5 days’ notice before inviting any candidate for interview but please be aware that this may not be possible, and interviews may have to be changed at short notice.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Further information

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