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Vacancy

Marine Mammal Ecologist – NatureScot

Job title: 1020-310

Marine Mammal Ecologist

Grade: D

Vacancy type: Temporary until 31 March 2025 (with possible extension)

Hours: 35

Salary £38,242 

Location: Any NatureScot office, home or hybrid working

Closing date: Midday, 19 July 2024 

Job Purpose Summary:

This is a full-time temporary role within NatureScot’s Sustainable Coasts & Seas Activity. Working closely with other NatureScot staff, the post holder will provide specialist advice in respect of marine mammal ecology  to our marine energy team and other NatureScot staff on the marine mammal impacts from  marine industries / activities, including but not limited to: marine energy (renewables / oil and gas), aquaculture, cables and ports and harbours. The successful post holder will engage with NatureScot case leads as well as industries, Crown Estate Scotland, Local Authorities, Port Authorities and relevant Directorates in Scottish Government.  Advice will be required in terms of all phases of development activity including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal, as well as European Protected Species Licencing for both development and research purposes.

The post will provide a specialist role in delivering high priority work associated with the delivery of offshore wind projects and other marine industries projects in Scottish waters. It will also lead or provide input on NatureScot work on research, policy and guidance in respect of marine mammals and their interactions with industries, and support the delivery of UK and Scottish Government and Industry led projects.

The post will also have specific responsibilities to lead and oversee NatureScot’s work on marine renewables research through initiatives such as ScotMer, ORJIP and OWEER. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of guidance and advice – both internal and external – to help developers and their consultants through all stages of development from pre-application to decommissioning. There will also be requirement to represent NatureScot on Scottish and UK groups, reviewing the increasing demands on marine space to inform NatureScot’s advice on marine spatial planning policies relating to marine industries and the protection of marine mammals.  The post holder will also contribute to evolving work to identify and prioritise specific site-based and wider seas conservation measures for marine mammals focusing on those that provide the most benefit in terms of biodiversity gain and facilitating climate change adaptation and resilience.

The post holder will also be required to contribute to the wider work of the marine energy team and both the Sustainable Coasts and Seas and Marine Ecosystem Activities, including the potential to work as a Duty Officer on a rota for responding to marine pollution incidents.

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