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3 Marine Scotland Internships Available

Please note:
Applicants need to be a member of MASTS and/or Scottish Blue Carbon Forum. Please state this clearly on your CV.
The deadline for each placement Is the 30th July 2021. Interviews are expected to take place w.c 2nd or w.c 9th August 2021.

Start Date:
September 2021
12 weeks
£9.50 per hour
37 hours

Internship1: Blue Economy Intern – Marine Scotland

The Role
The ‘Blue Economy’ approach, is emerging internationally as a concept which encourages better stewardship of the oceans, ‘blue’ resources, balancing economic activities in the marine space with aims for improvement of human wellbeing, social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks helping to address the climate change biodiversity crises. Marine Scotland is developing a Blue Economy approach to managing Scotland’s marine resources, across the Scottish Government and within Marine Scotland with a delivery plan to drive forward action and monitoring and evaluation framework to review progress.

It is essential that as part of this work Marine Scotland can engage internationally on this approach to share and learn from others thinking in this space.  This project will be essential to achieving this objective.  The internship will be embedded in the Blue Economy policy team and will support the development of the Blue Economy approach in Scotland, specifically looking about what we can learn from and offer the international conversation on this approach.

The aims of the project will be:
1. To map out the international networks (academic, stakeholder, government) involved in blue economy thinking.
2.  Identify engagement opportunities with these international networks that enable Scotland to share and learn from the international fora.
3. Review the international literature on blue economy to formulate a policy focused literature review that will help inform Scotland’s Blue Economy approach.
4. While the placement is running Marine Scotland will be delivering a COP 26 programme, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to the organisation and attendance of these events.

For further information, and to submit your application, please click here.

Internship2: Marine Protected Areas Policy Intern

The Role
Marine Scotland’s purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our key delivery partners and others.  The Marine Planning and Policy Division is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of Scotland’s marine area.  This intern will be based in the Marine Conservation Team which leads on the protection of marine habitats and species and the ecosystems that support them, so that society continues to enjoy the natural goods and resources provided by our seas. As TV series such as the Blue Planet II have highlighted, this is a high profile policy area with considerable political, public and media interest.

One of the key tasks of the Conservation team is the delivery of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network and ensuring sites within the network are well managed to achieve their conservation objectives. Features of MPAs include important carbon stores such as benthic muds and biogenic habitats such as maerl beds. The intern will work with the MPA policy manager and biodiversity policy officer to contribute to the development of fisheries management measures in inshore waters and to protect Priority Marine Features (PMFs) outside the MPA network. This will also require liaison with external delivery partners, NatureScot, as well as internal networks within Scottish Government.

To contribute to this work, the intern will assess the blue carbon resource and ecosystem services provided by PMFs, working with NatureScot. This will require a review of current PMF advice to update as necessary, followed by consideration of distribution and quantification of PMF habitats. This project will enable Marine Scotland to work towards calculation of the natural capital value of the MPA network and quantify the potential value of protection.

For further information, and to submit your application, please click here.

Internship3: Policy Developer – Marine Scotland Crown Estate Strategy Unit

The Role
Crown Estate Strategy Unit is offering the opportunity to be involved in the implementation of a key piece of legislation relating to management of Scottish Crown Estate assets and to get experience of policy development. We are currently in the latter stages of implementing the final commencement order of the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019, which will put into place the system for transfer and delegation of Scottish Crown Estate assets. This will enable communities to be further empowered in local decision making and will complement the existing management options for Scottish Crown Estate assets.

We could provide the intern with the opportunity to be involved in the fine detail and policy work:

  • contribute to process maps to identify the most appropriate and efficient pathways to deliver elements of the Transfer and Delegation  process
  • establishing arrangements for grants and loans
  • establishing the websites landing pages to deliver detailed Transfer and Delegation material and advice for prospective new managers.

For further information, and to submit your application, please click here.


Closing date: 30/07/2021
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