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Peatland Conservation Advisor

Peatland Conservation Advisor – North East Scotland (lowlands)
Location: RSPB Scotland – Aberdeen
Salary: £28,420 - £31,529 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave
Duration: Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2024
Hours: Full Time for 37.5 hours per week

Job Purpose

To provide conservation advice to landowners/managers and decision-makers to improve the status of lowland peatlands in NE Scotland and create/maintain the relationships required to achieve this.

Raise awareness of peatlands and improve landowners/managers understanding of the significance, value and needs of these priority habitats on their land.

Provide specialist knowledge to landowners and advisory bodies to influence the implementation of restoration and carbon financing schemes, and ensure they are appropriate for the priority sites.

Contribute to the development and delivery of landscape scale peatland restoration programmes (as appropriate) to ensure integrated, effective and efficient delivery of the agreed objectives.

Build positive relationships with key external partners and stakeholders so that key conservation messages are understood and furthered within relevant partnerships and fora.

Provide operational experience to the development of the relevant UK/country/regional policy and advocacy and specialist knowledge to the development and implementation of UK, Country or regional objectives to improve the coherency of conservation delivery across the RSPB.

Carry out relevant survey and monitoring activities as required linked to the priority areas for conservation advice.

Manage relevant data and reporting systems. 

Essential knowledge

  • Excellent knowledge of peatland ecosystems and the role of these in the climate and nature crisis.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of delivery mechanisms for peatland restoration, including emerging carbon financing schemes.
  • Understanding of the pressures on lowland peatlands.
  • Understanding of the land management practices that we are seeking to influence e.g. farming, forestry and peat extraction.
  • Understanding of the concept of landscape scale conservation.

Essential skills

  • Proven ability to influence others and negotiate desired outcomes.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational) - including an ability to speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences.
  • Confident advocating a position to landowners and managers, land use agents, local politicians and members of the public who have different views.
  • Ability to form effective teams (both internal and partnership) and work effectively as a team player.
  • Competent user of core MS Office programmes.

Closing Date: 23:59, Thu, 7th Jul 2022

We're looking to conduct interviews for this position on 18th July 2022.


Closing Date: 07/07/2022  Location: RSPB Scotland - Aberdeen, AB10 1YP

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