Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

Current Vacancies

Coastal Process Scientist

£21,322 - £27,041 per annum
37 hours per week
Temporary Maternity Cover: Fixed Term Contract or Secondment (up to 12 months)  Fixed Term until 31 March 2021 with likely extension to 31 October 2021 
What it's like to work here: With its diverse mix of coast, countryside, seaside resorts, market towns, villages and moorland, Teignbridge is a great place to work and live. 

The South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme is an exciting project which is being managed and led by Teignbridge District Council in partnership with other South West maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency.

The Programme extends from Portland Bill in Dorset to Beachley Point on the Welsh border, including the Isles of Scilly – approx. 2450 km of coastline. The output from the project is the basis for the ongoing strategic management of the coast, the response to storm or erosion events and the design of future coastal defences in the region. This is of considerable importance to everyone especially in the South West, particularly in view of rising sea levels and climate change.

For this role: You will be part of the Economy and Assets team and will be based at Plymouth University, within the Plymouth Coastal Observatory which is the data management centre for the South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme.
You will be mostly office based with occasional business travel which may include remote site working, surveying and walking substantial distances. This will also include driving one of our vehicles around the South West region.

This post is funded until 31 March 2021 however is a strong possibility of extension to 31 October 2021 subject to confirmation of funding (which is highly likely to be agreed).  Part-time work could be considered for this role.

What you'll be doing: You will be part of the team managing the collection of coastal monitoring data and will receive, download, quality assure and analyse the coastal process information.  

You will prepare and maintain appropriate scientific records, review analysed and historical data, carry out scientific reviews and liaise with our partners involved in the project.
Who we're looking for: The successful candidate will have the capability to research problems and develop innovative solutions with experience of the GIS coastal environment and GNSS surveying systems. To be successful in this role you will need: 

  • Honours degree in civil or maritime engineering, oceanography, marine science, environmental science or similar plus preferably experience in coastal processes, GIS or GNSS surveying.
  • Data Analysis experience
  • Knowledge of data management
  • Knowledge and experience in oceanography, marine science, geography and environmental science are essential requirements for this role. 

We value our staff and offer an excellent working environment, employee rewards and benefits include: 

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave
  • Family friendly leave, pay and working arrangements
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Discounted gym membership at Teignbridge District Council Leisure Centres
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Career development through professional learning and development 

As an accredited Investor in People and a Disability Confident Employer, we value diversity and celebrate individuality across our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and service provision and are only interested in your ability to do the job.
Important, please also read the full Job Description and Person Specification to inform your application and supporting statement.
Data protection: The organisation processes information about an individual's criminal convictions in accordance with its data protection policy / policy on processing special categories of personal data. In particular, data collected during recruitment is held securely and accessed by, and disclosed to, individuals only for the purposes of completing the recruitment process as per the General Data Protection Regulation.
The organisation is also committed to going through the proper DBS channels to establish whether or not an individual has a criminal record. The organisation will not require job applicants or existing employees to use their subject access rights under data protection provisions to provide criminal record details.
All information is processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulation
Safeguarding Commitment: Teignbridge District Council will comply with its legal obligations in relation to recruiting people to work with children/vulnerable adults.
Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification to inform your application and supporting statement.

Closing Date: Sunday 11th October 2020
Interview Date: W/C 19th October 2020

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For an informal discussion please contact Joseff Saunders, Coastal Process Team Leader at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory, 01752 586155,

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