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Marine Planner

Posted: 13 Feb 2020 Closes: 8 Mar 2020
East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber £28,530 - £37,634
Fixed term & Full time defra/20200213175802

This position can be based in Nationally or in Newcastle

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

We license and regulate marine activities in the seas around England and Wales so that they're carried out in a sustainable way.

We’re responsible for:

• Managing and monitoring fishing fleet sizes and quotas for catches.
• Ensuring compliance with fisheries regulations, such as fishing vessel licences and quotas for fish and seafood.
• Managing funding programmes for fisheries activities.
• Planning and licensing for marine construction, deposits and dredging that may have an environmental, economic or social impact.
• Making marine nature conservation byelaws.
• Dealing with marine pollution emergencies, including oil spills.
• Helping to prevent illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing worldwide.
• Producing marine plans to include all marine activities, including those we don’t directly regulate.

More information about our work is on the GOV.UK website.
Job description

The marine plan-making process is entering a busy phase as the marine planning team finalises the remaining marine plans ahead of adoption in early 2021.

Reporting to the Senior Marine Planner, the Marine Planner will undertake a range of tasks to prepare, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on marine plans, including stakeholder engagement.

The Marine Planner will contribute towards the management and delivery of statutory assessments, including the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment of marine plans.

The Marine Planner will sit within one of the key theme groups: environment, social, economic. The Marine Planner will also work across the wider team to ensure task integration.

A merit list may be created from this round of recruitment to fill future vacancies at the same level.


Newcastle is the preferred location. Other Defra Group locations will be considered subject to capacity. There is a requirement to undertake induction and training in Newcastle at the start of the appointment. How that will be delivered can be discussed with the successful candidate. After this period, if the Marine Planner is located in another office, there will be a need to travel to the Newcastle office on a regular basis.

Contact point:

Name: Claire Hedley

Tel: 0208 2258 320



Name: Carl Jönsson

Tel: 0208 2256 704



Please refer to job description



• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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Selection process details

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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.

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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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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