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Shetland Peatland Strategy Officer

This is a great opportunity to work in Shetland and help combat climate change and biodiversity loss through partnership working to conserve and restore Shetland’s peatlands.

Shetland Peatland Strategy Officer
Shetland Office
£28,420.00 - £31,529.00
18 months fixed term contract

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

What's the role about?

This role involves working with the newly formed Shetland Peatland Partnership to help deliver its aim: ‘to develop and implement a strategic, co-ordinated and collaborative approach to the conservation and restoration of peatland in Shetland, for the benefit of biodiversity, climate, water quality, flood alleviation and people.’

This new role will focus on the objective to develop a Shetland Peatland Strategy and include the following work areas:

  • Evaluate existing baseline data on peatland quality, condition and biodiversity to inform the strategy
  • Help identify areas of high-quality peatland in good condition and ensure their conservation is part of the strategy
  • Undertake partner and stakeholder interviews/workshops to facilitate co-design of the strategy and ensure buy-in from stakeholders
  • Undertake partner/stakeholder workshops to look at current problems/barriers to upscaling peatland restoration and help identify ways to improve peatland conservation/management and meet ambitious restoration targets
  • Collate, interpret, and disseminate information/research to partners, including emerging delivery mechanisms/models for peatland restoration
  • Help produce a first draft of the Shetland Peatland Strategy in conjunction with partners and key stakeholders
  • Act as a central point of contact for partners to ensure a coordinated and well-informed approach to peatland conservation and restoration.

Essential skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Proven ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners/ stakeholders
  • Experience of organising and facilitating workshops
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of gathering, collating, and analysing information/data.
  • Knowledge of peatland habitats, the species they support and the role they play in the climate and nature crises.
  • Degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience
  • Competent IT user, including MS Office programmes.

Desirable skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of landscape scale projects.
  • Experience of strategy and report writing.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Competency in the use of GIS.
  • Good problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions.
  • Understanding of peatland restoration techniques and funding streams.

Expiry date: 23:59, Sun, 7th Aug 2022

Interviews from 24th August 2022.

Apply HERE 

Closing Date: 07/08/2022  Location: Shetlands

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