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Natural Heritage Management - Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)


JNCC is the UK Government's adviser on UK and international nature conservation. It was originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 but was re-constituted by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

JNCC acts as a bridge between the work of the UK conservation bodies and the international arena. JNCC delivers the UK and international responsibilities of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC), the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), Natural England, and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

A Partnership Agreement exists to clarify the relationships, ways of working and partnership values of and between JNCC, Defra, the devolved administrations and the four nature conservation bodies listed above.

JNCC's role is to:

  • Advise Government on the development and implementation of policies for, or affecting , nature conservation in the UK and internationally
  • Provide advice and disseminate knowledge on nature conservation issues affecting the UK and internationally
  • Establish common standards throughout the UK for nature conservation, including monitoring, research, and the analysis of results
  • Commission or support research which it deems relevant to these functions


Current Vacancy - Independent Member JNCC Board

Department:               Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Location:                    Peterborough

Number of Vacancies:  2

Remuneration:            £9,836 per annum

Time Requirements:    2.5 days per month

Closing Date:              04/07/2014

Interviews:                 15th September 2014 (indicative)


Independent members of the Joint Committee contribute to the Committee’s work in providing UK Government and the Devolved Administrations with effective support for their evidence needs and policies for nature conservation across the UK and internationally.
Independent members need to understand the natural environment and its vital importance to everyone including its contribution to achieving better outcomes for the economy and for society on a sustainable basis.
They need to promote a positive and constructive relationship with everyone that works with the JNCC including Defra, the UK country nature conservation bodies, Devolved Administrations, other Government Departments, EU institutions, UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and a wide range of non-government organisations and other interest groups both within the UK and internationally.
They support the Chair of the JNCC in holding the executive to account for achieving work programmes agreed in annual business plans and delivering good value for money

Further details and the application pack are available on the Cabinet Office website: