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Image: CJS Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity - now published

Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity - our first career focussed edition in association with CIEEM

Articles on: the variety of jobs available in the ecology sector ranging from government, private consultancies to research and teaching roles with CIEEM; what exactly an ecologist does with the Ecology Academy; a Day in the Life of an ecologist from James at Arbtech & also from Laura at Total Ecology; setting up as a freelance ecologist – the good and the bad with Eco-Habitat; Ecology Training UK run through the skills you need to work in conservation and how to get them; the job of a Biodiversity Officer and the tasks undertaken by local authorities; early career ecologist Julia is on the career ladder – what’s it actually like and what tips has she got to help you; career progression in ecological sciences with British Ecological Society.

This edition also carries some ecology jobs. Read it here

Principal Ecologist - EcoNorth Ltd

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Salary up to £45k, depending on experience, plus participation in profit share and pension schemes

With a great and growing range of ongoing work and projects, EcoNorth is seeking to appoint a highly experienced individual to the role of Principal Ecologist. This will be a lead role within the organisation and comprises a great opportunity to shape the company and the projects we work on, lead complex elements of project delivery, promote staff development and contribute towards the organisation’s Quality, Health & Safety, and Environmental Management systems.

EcoNorth’s core team is based in Cramlington, Northumberland, just north of Newcastle upon Tyne, and service client requirements primarily throughout Northern England and Scotland. However, we would also welcome applications from candidates based in Scotland, North West England or Humberside who would consider working remotely for part of the time.

Rural Payments Administrator - The Future Forest Company

Logo: The Future Forest Company

We are on a mission to remove as much excess CO2 from the atmosphere as we can, in order to avoid the most disastrous effects of global warming and the climate crisis. Weu2019re achieving this by planting forests that are profitable, meaning we can scale up our land holding, plant millions of trees, and grow a climate solution which removes significant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. 

Property Manager - The Future Forest Company

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£35-£42K (depending on experience)

We are recruiting a permanent role of Property Manager for our large site (800 ha) on the beautiful Scottish island of Mull. The diversity of habitats and buildings across the site have been underdeveloped previously and we are looking for an experienced, energetic and talented individual (or couple) to lead its transformation. A new herd of highland cattle is being created alongside an established sheep flock and drove of wooly pigs.

Aigas Field Centre Ranger/Naturalist Guide Posts - Aigas Field Centre

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Seasonal Aigas Rangers (up to 4 posts available) - Remuneration £20,000+ pa (pro rata)

The Aigas Ranger Training Scheme starts at the beginning of February 2022 and takes seven/eight weeks. After training you will commence a six week shadowing period, followed by a term work experience contract until the beginning of November. During that time you will take groups of adults around the Highlands providing a very high level of environmental, cultural, historical and archaeological interpretation. You will also work regularly with our environmental education team, providing outdoor education to school children of all ages. You will provide excellent customer care and work with the Aigas team in a unique and exciting environment. You will be involved in animal husbandry (of our wildcats for example) and a range of other nature conservation projects on the estate.

Regional Land Manager - The Future Forest Company

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Salary range £40K+ (depending on experience)

The Future Forest Company: We are on a mission to remove as much excess CO2 from the atmosphere as we can in order to avoid the most disastrous effects of global warming and the climate crisis.

You will be responsible for the comprehensive land management of a group of properties in Scotland. Reporting to the COO, you will: manage staff at each of our sites; help plan the development of new sites; oversee core land management and forestry administration; and, develop our existing sites in line with our business strategy. Activities on the sites include tree planting, forestry operations, livestock management, ecotourism, maintenance, power generation and the production of biochar.

Property Manager - The Future Forest Company

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Salary range £35k-£42k (depending on experience)

We have an incredible opportunity for an experienced and talented property and project manager for a large site in the North of Scotland. The property is ecologically inspiring, providing opportunities to enhance diverse habitats and species, including internationally important aquatic and wetland vegetation, wintering bird populations and important peatlands. The main objective for this site is ecological: to maximise woodland creation, peatland restoration, and habitat improvement activities whilst developing an exceptional visitor and educational experience.

Community Engagement Officer - Outer Hebrides - RSPB

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The RSPB are seeking a dynamic and organised person with experience of working with communities, schools and the general public and a keen interest in wildlife.

Location: Western Isles Office

Salary: £22,986.00 - £25,500.00 Per Annum

Duration: 8 months

The role involves the development and implementation of the Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival, a programme of activities that raise awareness and understanding of the conservation of priority habitats and species on the islands.

Forest Planner - Forestry & Land Scotland

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Salary: £28,678 to £30,762

We’re looking for people to help plan, manage and care for our forests and land across Scotland.

Would you like to shape the future of Scotland’s forests and land? Or look after some of the 9% of Scotland that we manage? It’s not just forests, we also restore peatlands, maintain a wide range of habitats and landscapes, and attract millions of visitors to our land every year. We manage extensive forests and ancient policy woods, coasts and mountains, woodlands around towns and windfarm sites, steep slopes and native woodlands – if you are looking for a challenge then this could be for you!

Country Officer (Scotland) - BASC

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Starting salary: £34,477pa plus company vehicle

Location: Flexible (Scotland)

BASC is the largest sporting shooting organisation in the UK, serving a growing membership of circa 150,000 and a wide variety of stakeholder and public interests. It acts as a representative body for sporting shooting - fostering opportunity, safety, high standards and wildlife conservation. BASC is looking for an individual with wide ranging shooting experience who will deliver membership engagement and recruitment activities.

Community Garden Development Officer - West Calder and Harburn Community Development Trust

The role is part-time (2 to 3 days a week depending on the candidate) for a fixed term of 12 months at a salary of £24,000 pa pro-rata.

West Calder & Harburn Community Development Trust and Polbeth & West Calder Community Garden wish to appoint a Development Officer to join their partnership staff team running volunteer, enterprise and wellbeing activities at our community garden and woodland. This a great opportunity to bring enthusiasm, energy and creativity to a volunteer facing role.

Skills for Bees: Scotland Project Officer - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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Salary £21,000 (pro rata) per annum

A unique opportunity to join a successful and growing conservation charity!

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a part-time (0.6 FTE) Skills for Bees Project Officer to lead on delivery of the Skills for Bees: Scotland project. Your primary role will be to recruit and work with volunteers to increase bumblebee surveying in the Cairngorms area of Scotland, with a particular emphasis on training and mentoring volunteers for the BeeWalk scheme

Ecology and Biodiversity Officer (Forestry, Parks & Woodland) - West Lothian Council

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Location: Whitehill Service Centre (Currently Home Working)

Salary: Grade 7 (£36,964.09 to £41,069.64)

West Lothian Council is looking for experienced and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about forestry/woodland management and the associated ecological and biodiversity benefits that these and other natural habitats can bring. The purpose of the role is to provide effective and efficient oversight and progress of the council’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan and Ecological Services with particular focus on forestry, woodland and trees across West Lothian. The post will be ensuring the delivery of a high-quality professional service that maximises the resources available, delivers positive outcomes and meets the needs of our customers and service users.

Fixed-term Ranger - Arran Ranger Service, National Trust for Scotland

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This fixed-term 2-month post will run from November to December 2021 and primarily support the Arran Ranger Service team in their practical conservation and estate work. There will also be some involvement with volunteer and environmental education groups.

The role is mainly based at Brodick Country Park but may also assist with practical work such as tree planting and fence repairs on the Goatfell estate.

Head Ranger - Culzean Castle - National Trust for Scotland

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Full Time, Permanent

Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire

You will be responsible for the operational delivery of the countryside experience at Culzean Castle & Country Park. Managing and delivering performance standards/targets to ensure the enjoyment of the property by all visitors and key conservation, commercial and development objectives are achieved. The role is part of a broader property team responsible for delivering an overall visitor service strategy, promoting good communication across the site and a joined-up service provision.

Senior Ecologist - Caledonian Conservation Ltd

Logo: Caledonian Conservation Ltd

Location: Craigarnhall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4NG (although we are flexible with home working)

Hours: 40 hour average week

Salary: £28,000 to £30,000 p.a. (depending on experience)

Duration: Permanent

Caledonian Conservation Ltd is a well-established ecological consultancy based in Central Scotland. Our clients include developers, Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations, environmental charities and other consultancies. Our projects have included full Ecological Impact Assessments for developments, Ecological Clerk of Works, Site Condition Monitoring of SSSIs, conservation research, habitat management plans and education. We also undertake our own in-house research projects.

Learning Officer (Sessional) - The Froglife Trust

Salary: £20,000 pro rata for 14 hours per week; (£8000 per annum actual salary)

Hours: 14 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term contract to 31 December 2022, with probable extension

Location: Home based in Glasgow or at our office space at Glasgow University

This post involves developing and delivering nature conservation educational sessions working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people, as part of our Green Pathways project.

Tender - Goose Pastures & GPS Tracking - National Trust for Scotland

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NTS are inviting tenders for the Goose tagging & GPS tracking Project at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Estate. The aim of this contract is to monitor how the wildfowl species currently using those sites might be affected to planned changes in land use. In particular the key native species using the “Goose Pasture” fields on which the management regimes will be changed are likely to be the Greylag Geese and the Icelandic Pink-footed Geese, and as such these will be the main indicator species of interest.

As the only native UK-breeding goose species, the Greylag Goose is present year round at Threave and so this species will be the focus of the tracking project. To be carried out between March 2022 and December 2022 (although there is flexibility to amend this as required)

Part-Time Trapper - Orkney Native Wildlife Project

Logo: Orkney Native Wildlife Project

Location: Orkney, Kirkwall Office

Salary: £22,986.00 - £25,500.00 Pro Rata

Duration: 12 months Fixed Term

This is a Contract, Part-Time role for 12 months, 15 hours per week.

This project is working with local communities and landowners to undertake the world’s largest stoat eradication operation on a mixture of privately and publicly owned land.

Trapper x 2 - Orkney Native Wildlife Project

Logo: Orkney Native Wildlife Project

Location: RSPB Scotland - Orkney

Salary: £22,986.00 - £25,500.00 Per Annum

This is a Contract, Full Time role for 12 months.

This project is working with local communities and landowners to undertake the world’s largest stoat eradication operation on a mixture of privately and publicly owned land.

You will be involved in: Engaging with landowners to maintain and secure land access agreements across the Orkney Mainland and linked isles; Trap deployment and removal; Checking, cleaning and rebaiting a network of over 5,000 traps on a regular cycle as part of a team.

Freelance for Knowetop - Alternatives

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Rate of pay: £18 per hour

We have an exciting programme of nature-based activities planned for our site at Knowetop in Castlehill, Dumbarton.

We are looking for freelance workers to deliver: A 10-session outdoor nature-based programme of activities for women and girls; A children’s club on the first Saturday morning of each month for 10 months starting 4th October; A 10-week outdoor learning in nature programme for schools on Wednesdays starting in October; A 10- week term time afterschool activity programme on Wednesdays starting in October and again in March 2022 for a further 10 weeks.

Knowetop Project Assistant - Alternatives

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16 hrs per week

6 month contract

Salary: £10.23 per hour + contributory pension scheme

We are looking for a project assistant to join us at our Horticulture & Wildlife Project at Knowetop in Castlehill, Dumbarton. Do you have practical horticultural and conservation skills, experience of working with a variety of audiences, an interest in helping people get the most of their time in nature and an enthusiasm for sharing your skills and knowledge?

Director - The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC)

Logo: The Wildlife Information Centre

We are currently seeking an experienced individual to join our board of 6 voluntary Directors. As a member of the board of Directors, you will be responsible for ensuring TWIC meets its legal and charitable obligations and contribute to the success and future development of the organisation.