Wetland Ecology Adviser (NatureScot)

Join our response to both the climate change and biodiversity crises as a lowland wetland ecologist. This role will suit an individual with a passion for wetlands and is an exciting opportunity to drive forward wetland conservation at a national scale.

This post will contribute to delivery of our biodiversity and climate change objectives for wetlands in Scotland, leading on lowland wetlands: i.e. the full range of fen and swamp habitat types; bogs, including lowland raised bogs; quaking mires; springs and flushes; wet grasslands and fen meadows; wet dune slacks; wet woodlands; bog woodlands; and transitional habitats.

You will also work with other habitat specialists within NatureScot and across other Agencies and partners to deliver conservation objectives for other wetland habitats, such as peatlands or upland wetlands. Work will contribute to successful delivery of the Scottish Government 30×30 commitments, landscape scale restoration, site condition monitoring, casework, and will support Scottish Government funding streams such as the Nature Restoration Fund.

As a habitat specialist in the Freshwater and Wetlands group, you will also provide advice on casework and on the management and monitoring of designated wetlands, with particular focus on adapting to and mitigation for the impacts of climate change. Examples of casework includes provision of advice on the management and restoration of designated wetlands and adjacent land including advice on hydrology, cutting and grazing regimes. This includes NatureScot management agreements and AECS proposals. Advice in relation to activities that may have an impact on wetland sites, which could affect peatland habitats and Reviews of Mineral Permissions (ROMPs). Specific management practices including woodland planting proposals, developments such as renewable energy projects, projects to re-naturalise rivers and floodplains and requests for consent for management changes by land managers.

You will be the lead external representative for lowland wetlands in fora such as the WFDUK Task Team and will engage in joint working with partners such as SEPA and other UK country agencies on a range of projects including completion of the Eco-hydrological thresholds for Scottish wetlands.

This role involves travel to remote site locations to carry out meetings or site visits.

Nature is vital to all of us, so it is vital that we are an organisation for all of Scotland. The more diverse NatureScot is, the better we will be in connecting everyone with nature. We particularly encourage applications from people from Minority Ethnic (ME) backgrounds and people with a disability.

Closing date: Midday, 14 February 2023.