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Senior Marine Ornithologist

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Job summary

£38541 - £46599
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
10 March 2020 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Senior Marine Ornithologist within Marine Scotland based in Aberdeen or Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The post-holder will work in the Renewable Energy Environmental Advice (REEA) group at Marine Scotland Science (MSS) to contribute to achieving Scottish Government goals for marine renewable energy and for protecting the marine environment. 

The post provides specialist advice on marine birds to Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) to support the assessment of environmental impacts of marine renewable and construction developments, and the provision of advice to Marine Scotland’s Policy and Planning Division (MPPD) in support of renewable energy policy, marine environment policy and on Marine Protected Areas (including Special Protection Areas). The advice provided is placed into the context of the interactions of marine bird populations and licenced marine activities, and the legislation and regulatory processes that are relevant to marine birds in Scotland.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently, coordinate their work programme with the existing B3 Senior Ornithologist and other staff within REEA, and gain input from more senior staff where appropriate e.g. when critical issues have been identified and for QA.

To underpin the advice provided, they must ensure that they are familiar with the best available science through maintaining a working knowledge of best practice and detailed knowledge of marine bird ecology.

Qualifications Required
Post-graduate degree in a relevant biology subject or equivalent experience such as successfully delivering similar duties to those required of the Senior Marine Ornithologist post holder, or relevant research on seabirds.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. A good understanding of seabird biology and regulation, legislation and research relating to marine birds in Scottish and European waters. Including a good understanding of ornithology assessment tools used in environmental assessments for collision risk modelling, displacement assessment, and population viability analyses.
2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, using specialist statistical software, such as R or Matlab.
3. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload.
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences, maintain good working relationships and proactively support colleagues.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jared Wilson who can be reached on jared.wilson@gov.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact HR Resourcing on 0131 244 8500 or via recruitment@gov.scot.


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