Ornithologist

About the role:

LUC‘s Scotland-based ecology team works extensively within the energy generation and transmission industries. In 2020, 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.

In order to further develop our capacity in this area, we intend to appoint either a consultant and / or a senior consultant ornithologist. The successful candidate will be involved in ornithological surveys (with the associated planning and analysis), for projects across Scotland. The role will also involve project and budget management, client and stakeholder engagement and work-winning activity, including business development and marketing, and tender preparation.

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 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.

You could choose to be based in either our Glasgow or Edinburgh office and we are happy to discuss a blend of working from home and the office if desired (once pandemic risks / restrictions are lifted). You will need to make occasional visits to other LUC offices and carry out fieldwork.

LUC has a strong track record in flexible working and we have been recognised for our flexible working culture. 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).

Salary range: £22,000 – £32,000 FTE depending on experience (range from Consultant to Senior grade).

About you:

The successful candidate will complement 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

Essential

  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent level of skills and knowledge.
  • Appropriate professional qualification (e.g. CIEEM) at a relevant level.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Good working knowledge of standard suite of MS Office tools.
  • Good understanding of the policy and legislation underpinning nature conservation in Scotland.

Desirable / Required for Senior role

  • Background in consultancy work, including report writing and data analysis.
  • Wider experience of ecological consultancy, including survey experience in a range of taxa.
  • Demonstrable experience of data analysis and assessment, including Collision Risk Assessment and Ornithological Impact Assessment.
  • Demonstrable work-winning capabilities, including tender preparation and costings.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and a proactive approach to building relationships with colleagues and project partners.
  • 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 reference: 2021-02 to Jennie Williamson, People & Culture Advisor at: HR@landuse.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 26 February 2021.

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.