Policy & Advice Officer Marine Ornithology (2 posts)

Scottish Natural Heritage is the leading public body responsible for advising Ministers on matters relating to the natural heritage. The natural environment is a key asset that underpins Scotland’s wealth, health and quality of life. Our job is to conserve this resource, to promote its sustainable management and to encourage people to access and enjoy it responsibly.

Ref: 052-333 & 052-331 37 hours per week, Permanent Contract Starting Salary: £23,839 Location: Battleby Office, Perth

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced marine ecologist to work in the rapidly expanding marine renewable energy sector in Scotland and be directly involved in helping Government achieve its targets for renewable energy generation. The purpose of this post is to provide advice and guidance to SNH staff and external partners on the implications for marine and costal birds of marine renewable developments.

You must have a degree or equivalent in a relevant natural science such as zoology, biology, ecology or environmental science plus relevant post-graduate experience, with a sound understanding of marine renewable technologies, their potential impacts on the natural heritage and relevant legislation and consent process applicable in Scotland, including the EC Birds Directive, Habitats Regulations and the Marine (Scotland) Act. You must also have detailed knowledge and understanding of ecology of the sea birds of northern Europe and an interest in their practical conservation, with a good understanding of the Government’s drive for sustainable economic growth and the importance of renewable energy to meet this ambition. Finally, you must have excellent communications skills, with strong interpersonal skills to enable effective representation to a variety of stakeholders, including the ability to persuade and influence.

We’re as supportive, committed and proud of our people as we are of the natural world around us. Find out more, and apply, online. Alternatively, call 01463 725182.

Closing date: Thursday 7 June 2012.

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