Specialist Ecologist

Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust

Argyll and the Isles, with hybrid working and travel throughout the area
£35,000 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Tuesday, 25th June 2024   6 days left

Argyll & The Isles Coast & Countryside Trust (ACT) are seeking an Ecologist with a specialism in rainforests and lower plants to lead our exciting and progressive new Rainforest Restoration Package.

We expect the post holder to identify species from multiple plant & fungi groups, establish methods of cultivation/translocation and identify suitable donor/recipient sites. Working to the translocation code and established plant handling/biosecurity protocols is essential.

Hours: Part Time 15 hours per week

Salary: £35,000 p/a pro rata

Contract Term: August 2024-September 2026

Location: Argyll and the Isles. The postholder will be required to travel regularly within this area. Flexible location for home/office base.

Project Aims

Working with ACT and partners, including NatureScot and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, the project aims to:

  • Understand why we observe a multi decade pause in natural regeneration and re-encroachment of rainforest biodiversity into sites cleared of Rhododendron ponticum.
  • Develop a process that establishes a suite of canopy, understory, herb and ground layer species into sites cleared of Rhododendron ponticum.
  • Develop a process that establishes species of mycorrhizal fungi found at high quality rainforest locations, into sites cleared of Rhododendron ponticum.
  • Develop a successional translocation process for locally extinct epiphyte species that should be present at sites cleared of Rhododendron ponticum.
  • Develop a process that can deliver these components into newly planted, or naturally regenerating future rainforest sites.

About ACT

We work in partnership with communities, public agencies, third sector and private organisations to design and implement projects that make a difference to people and landscapes. We cover a diverse and exciting range of topics, including conservation, climate change, education and health and wellbeing that all contribute to achieving our vision of a coastal and countryside environment that is valued and enjoyed by everyone. 

For further information about this post please contact Ian Dow, ACT Rainforest Co-ordinator [email protected]

Closing date: 12:00 noon, Tuesday 25th June 2024

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