Ornithologist (LUC)

LUC‘s ecology team works extensively within the energy generation and transmission industries. In 2021, through strategic appointment, we developed our ornithological service and have enjoyed considerable growth in our share of these markets.  Our current projects include wide-ranging ornithological surveys and assessments for proposed wind farm schemes across Scotland and Wales.

In order to further develop our capacity in this area, we intend to appoint a consultant ornithologist. The successful candidate will be involved in the implementation of ornithological surveys, and subsequent data management, for projects across Scotland and Wales. While successful candidates will largely deliver the ornithological components of our projects, they will also have the opportunity to engage in the wider portfolio of our UK-wide ecology team. Our ecology team works across a wide range of ecological disciplines and project types and enjoys a diverse and challenging orderbook.

The role will support the delivery of our renewable energy projects. Responsibilities will include:

  • Desk studies and basic survey design tasks (including logistics for wider project team).
  • Implementation of the full range of ornithological survey methods, as appropriate to renewable energy schemes in Scotland and Wales
  • Data management, including data entry and liaison with LUC’s internal GIS team.
  • Basic reporting and analysis tasks.
  • Engagement with the wider UK ecology team, which may require support on some terrestrial ecology surveys, including travel and surveys out with standard working hours.

The role includes the opportunity to share and participate actively in the management and ownership of the business through the Employee Ownership Trust, which places full ownership of the company with the employees.

This role could be based in our Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol or Cardiff office and we are happy to discuss a blend of working from home and the office, in line with our agile working policy. You will need to make occasional visits to other LUC offices and extensive fieldwork is anticipated.

A full time role would be based on 37.5 hours Monday to Friday. However, LUC has a strong track record in flexible working and we have been recognised for our flexible working culture, so we are happy to discuss a range of flexible working options for this role including some remote working and /or part time hours (minimum 30 hours per week) if desired.

Salary range: £23,000 – £26,000 FTE depending on experience.

About you:

The successful candidate will be a perfect fit with our existing enthusiastic and dedicated ecology team. You will share our commitment to high quality science and be motivated to help grow and develop our business, as an equal partner.

Experience and qualifications


  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent level of skills and knowledge.
  • Strong bird ID skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering ornithological surveys in the upland environment.
  • Full driving licence, with experience of off-road and 4×4 driving (or willingness to train in 4×4 driving).
  • Good working knowledge of standard suite of MS Office tools.


  • Background in consultancy work, including report writing and data analysis.
  • Wider experience of ecological consultancy, including survey experience in a range of taxa.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Confidence in working alone in remote or isolated locations.
  • Good communication skills and a proactive approach to building relationships with colleagues.
  • Appetite for continuous learning and professional development.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter, quoting Ref: 2021-49 to Maheen Rai, People & Culture Assistant at: HR@landuse.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2022.

LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups. We value the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and we strive to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all our people related activities.