JNCC - Environmental Economist

Location:                                  Peterborough or Aberdeen

Type of appointment:          Permanent 

Team:                                        International Advice

Salary:                                       £35,879 per annum

Background

JNCC’s strategy aims to embed the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services in our evidence and advice with the objective of better incorporating the value of nature, especially biodiversity, in decision-making to provide solutions that deliver optimal benefits for human wellbeing.  Accordingly, and following government goals after EU exit, JNCC looks forward to increasing its international engagement. The work will be cross-cutting, demanding joint working with various teams across JNCC, as well as with country conservation bodies, HMG, various international bodies and other customers and collaborators of JNCC. Thematic work areas will be diverse and dynamic; emerging areas of work develop rapidly and are often of high importance to JNCC, UK Government and Devolved Administrations.  The post-holder will work closely with JNCC’s Senior Environmental Economics Adviser as well as enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with JNCC staff of different backgrounds, such as data scientists, geospatial analysts, environmental modellers, international negotiators, among others.  He/she will have the chance to contribute to thinking that helps shape JNCC’s priorities and future directions as we move forward in advising the government on a true ‘green’ renewal in our advance into this post-COVID, climate-stressed, economically challenged period.

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).

Competencies

Technical 

To be a successful candidate you will be: 

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

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.

Behaviours

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

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 3 – HEO and SEO or equivalent):

Application

The job description and new application form can be found on the internet at https://jncc.gov.uk/about-jncc/careers/

Completed applications should be sent to recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on 29 June 2020

The anticipated interview date is 10 July 2020