Field Ornithologist

MacArthur Green

From £25,000 dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 26th April 2024  

MacArthur Green is an independent and award-winning environmental consultancy, seeking a Field Ornithologist to join our diverse team. We specialise in providing ecology and ornithology consultancy services to large-scale renewables, natural capital, and grid network projects.

You must have a passion for working outdoors in any weather. You will often be lone working, so you must be confident working independently. Survey work involves early starts some days, and late finishes at other times, so you need to be flexible and enjoy variety in your working week. Site locations often require surveyors to stay away during the week – accommodation and subsistence expenses will be provided. You will also use MacArthur Green vehicles to access the sites. You will carry out the following surveys:

  • Flight activity surveys;
  • Breeding bird surveys;
  • Black grouse surveys; and
  • Other specialist ornithological surveys as required.

You may also assist with other types of surveys (training will be provided as necessary):

  • Bat surveys;
  • Peat depth surveys.

University qualifications are not necessary, but you must be able to demonstrate field experience, with the following:

  • Experience of working in remote outdoor environments, and doing so on your own (including navigation using compass and OS maps);
  • Good bird ID skills;
  • Knowledge or experience of undertaking ornithology surveys and recording data accurately;
  • Full UK driving license (manual driving essential, 4x4 experience ideal);
  • A flexible and proactive approach to work; and
  • Self-motivated and keen to learn.

Whilst this role will focus on field work, it has the potential to incorporate some office-based work.

You must live within reasonable commuting distance of the Glasgow office to have access to the 4x4 and electric vehicles we provide to carry out survey work. Benefits include pension contribution, 30 days holiday pro-rata per annum with unpaid holiday an option (subject to client commitments).

Aside from the above benefits, there are the advantages of working somewhere small and friendly, where your opinion is sought and heard! We devote time and resource to supporting and developing our team. We offer solid training and career development opportunities, monthly catch ups with your line manager and we will work with you to develop your specialism and valuable sector knowledge.

Submission is by CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

Closing date: 26th April.

Salary: From £25,000 dependent on experience

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

No recruitment consultants please.

MacArthur Green is an equal opportunities employer.

A bit more about us

At MacArthur Green, our mission is to make a positive impact on the environment through our three core business objectives: supporting projects with important environmental benefits, contributing to research projects, and operating as a biodiversity positive, carbon conscious business. You will play a crucial role in achieving these objectives, working in a friendly and supportive team. We value diversity and inclusivity and want to grow our team with a range of perspectives and strengths. We are small enough to work collaboratively and hear everyone’s ideas, and we’re big enough to work on meaningful projects, with some of the best clients in the environmental sector.

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