Marine Officer (Planning) East (Ref: 2338)
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) licences, regulates and plans marine activities in the seas around England so that they are carried out in a sustainable way.
In April 2014 the Secretary of State adopted the first ever marine plans for the East Marine Plan areas. Marine plans for the South Marine Plan areas followed in 2018. More recently the process of marine planning was launched in the North West, North East, South West, and South East Marine Plan areas. Marine plans covering all the seas around England are expected to be in place by 2021.
Marine plans inform and guide marine users and regulators across England, managing the sustainable development of marine industries, such as offshore wind farms and aquaculture, alongside the need to conserve and protect marine species and habitats.
Reporting to a Higher Executive Officer (HEO), the post will contribute to the production of marine plans for England. You will deliver marine planning tasks as directed by the Marine Planner HEOs, working with the other Marine Planners to ensure task integration. The role is expected to contribute to all aspects of the plan-making process e.g. stakeholder engagement, data and information management, assessment processes and promoting constructive relationships.
The post holder will apply an in-depth understanding of preparing and implementing marine plans, and undertaking engagement with decision-makers and applicants. You will represent marine planning effectively, supporting the development and delivery of marine plans with stakeholders, forming and maintaining positive and productive relationships that promote dialogue, which is essential for marine plan development, implementation and monitoring. This will contribute to effective use of marine plans and enable plan-led management across England.
The post will be based in the Lowestoft office. The post holder will be expected to travel to attend meetings on a regular basis.
The post is a fixed term appointment (FTA) until April 2020, with the possibility of permanency in the future. For FTAs existing Civil Servants are expected to join on loan/secondment and will require approval from their line manager.
A merit list may be created from this round of recruitment to fill future vacancies at the same level, including in other marine plan areas.
Please refer to the attached Candidate Pack for full details of the vacancy.