Job Purpose Summary

This is a permanent, full-time role within NatureScot’s Sustainable Coasts & Seas (SCS) Activity. The successful candidate will be part of a team providing advice on marine and coastal planning, marine and coastal ecology and sustainable coastal and marine development. This post will directly contribute to NatureScot’s role in addressing climate change and biodiversity loss. The post will have specific responsibilities to contribute to NatureScot’s work on coasts, including coastal adaptation and nature-based solutions for biodiversity and climate change, and the role of coastal habitats as blue carbon stores. The post holder will also provide advice for marine non-native species. The role will principally involve providing ecological advice to inform and support our approaches to and delivery of NatureScot’s work for these topics. Associated activities, depending upon capacity and expertise, may include input to research projects, and representation of NatureScot on working groups and wider partnerships to develop further knowledge and working relationships in key topic areas.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Provide coastal ecology advice and guidance for coastal development, management, adaptation/resilience and monitoring to NatureScot staff, stakeholders and government.
  • Provide advice and guidance for marine invasive non-native species including for protected sites and species, monitoring and surveillance, biosecurity and horizon-scanning to NatureScot staff, stakeholders and Marine Scotland.
  • Provide advice and guidance on nature-based solutions for coasts and seas, liaising with NatureScot terrestrial and marine colleagues and relevant stakeholders to support and complement nature-based solutions from a coastal perspective.
  • Support delivery of NatureScot’s work on blue carbon including for identified research priorities and developing guidance for appropriate management of key blue carbon coastal and marine habitats.
  • Work with colleagues and partners to identify and prioritise research and guidance needs for relevant topic areas, as necessary, and subsequent project management and delivery as required.
  • Represent NatureScot at meetings/steering groups of inter-agency, government, partnership projects and similar groups relevant to coasts, coastal nature-based solutions, blue carbon and marine non-native species.
  • Contribute to the wider work of the Sustainable Coasts and Seas team.
  • Skills: (Please refer to these in your Supporting Statement)

  • A degree in a relevant subject.
  • A sound understanding of Scottish coastal and marine ecology, habitats and species and issues relating to their conservation and use and relationship with climate change.
  • Good understanding of the implications of climate change for coasts and seas and the role of blue carbon in potentially mitigating climate change impacts.
  • Knowledge and experience of coastal and marine industries, relevant to Scotland, and potential interactions of these with coastal and marine habitats and species.
  • Clear understanding of conservation and planning legislation relevant to Scotland’s coasts and seas and marine species and the interrelationship with terrestrial planning.
  • Ability to provide informed, clear and solution focused advice to colleagues in NatureScot or partner organisations.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with stakeholders, such as agencies, organisations, developers or government.
  • Good communication skills – clear written and verbal presentation, and ability to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences.
  • Good interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work constructively and supportively in a team environment.
  • Proven ability to plan and manage workloads, work to deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and manage scientific information.
  • Prerequisites:

  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK and resident in Scotland for the duration of the job contract
  • To undertake a Disclosure Scotland application.
  • Although Gaelic language is not a prerequisite it is a desirable skill in support of our commitment to our Gaelic Language Plan.
  • NatureScot’s Net Zero commitment

    Whether working at home or in an office, or travelling to meetings and site visits, as a NatureScot you will contribute to our Net Zero plan, for example through positive carbon travel choices

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